Taipei Film Festival
Taipei Film Festival
Since its inception in 1998, Taipei Film Festival has become one of the most important dates in Taipei culture calendar and has earned a deserved reputation and a place on the international circuit. With screenings of more than 160 films from over 40 countries, approximately 100,000 attendants each year, its majority is made up of a decidedly young audience. Chaired by actress, film producer Lee Lieh, the festival screens works from all corners of the globe, and persistently attracts the finest works from respected independent filmmakers. Therefore, the Festival attracts not only moviegoers but also film professionals that seek to explore the potentials of Taiwanese cinema. Last year, more than 20 films shown in the festival were sold to local distributors and had theatrical releases in Taiwan.
The festival consists of the following sections:
The official website of the Taipei Film Festival at http://www.taipeiff.org.tw(in Chinese version).
The Taipei Film Festival has a rich history and has had several names over the years.The predecessor of the Taipei Film Festival was the China Times Express Film Awards, which was established in 1988. In 1994, it was renamed the Taipei Film Awards and divided into commercial and non-commercial film awards. Many talented filmmakers entered the public view through the competition. In 1998, Taipei City Government became the organizer and host of the Taipei Film Awards and the international film screening, and since then it has expanded the film festival into an international event.In 2002, under the direction of the Department of Cultural Affairs, the City Vision category was added to the festival. Each year a foreign city has been chosen for the theme and the Taiwanese audience is introduced to the films, history, and culture of that city through screenings, exhibitions, forums, and a variety of other events, the Taiwanese audience is introduced to the movies, history, and culture of a foreign city that is picked as the theme city of the year. Since 2005, the International Youth Director Competition has featured in the Taipei Film Festival with three major concepts: the city, Chinese-language artists, and new talent. The three concepts have not only become essential to the festival, but have also provided a great opportunity for international and Taiwanese filmmakers to improve and learn from each other. In 2015, the International Youth Director Competition was renamed the International New Talent Competition.Since late 2007, the Taipei Film Festival has been affiliated with the Taipei Culture Foundation as a permanent film exhibition program, aiming to make Taipei a film-production-friendly city through sustainable development. Meanwhile, the festival also cooperates with the Taipei Film Commission, which is also run by the Taipei Culture Foundation, to improve information interchanges between the film industry and the city promotion industry. To develop and cultivate the Taiwanese movies in respect to the global vision, the Taipei Film Festival holds festival events, invites important international city film committee members, hosts film city forums, and enhances the interchange of promotion on film and the city, and related industry experiences as well. Taipei Film Festival competitions are as follows:International New Talent Competition (formerly the International YouthDirector Competition)The International New Talent Competition is the only international narrative feature film competition in Taiwan that provides opportunities for international and Taiwanese filmmakers to improve and learn from each other. Featuring the first or second narrative features of new directors from around the globe, the competition amazes audiences with magnificent story-telling and creativity.Taipei Film AwardsThe Taipei Film Awards is the only film competition in Taiwan for professional Taiwanese filmmakers. The Grand Prize is NT$ 1,000,000. Every year, international film selectors and critics are invited to serve on the panel to promote Taiwanese films that will be seen worldwide. Yearly categories include Filmmaker in Focus and Special Screening and bring the audience a variety of cinematic experiences.