The Motion Picture Assn. of America is hosting a five-day film production and screenwriting workshop in Beijing, China, which started Sunday.

Workshop is organized with China’s powerful regulator, the State Administration of Radio Film & Television, with support from Time Warner, News Corp. and Walt Disney Co.

Sessions will allow 20 producers and 20 writers chance to develop their projects with more established professionals. Speakers include “Tortilla Soup” scripter Tom Musca and Ramon Menendez, screenwriter on “Stand and Deliver.”

“Our goal is to work with SARFT to help the local film industry work toward realizing the potential of a successful, legitimate film market that, to date, has largely remained untapped,” Mike Ellis, MPA senior VP and regional director, Asia-Pacific said. “The MPA, the People’s Republic of China and the Chinese film industry are partners in the same enterprise: telling our stories, building a legitimate and successful entertainment industry in China and fostering revenue growth.”