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Taipei Film Festival International New Talent Competition 2019 opens for submissions

Taipei Film Festival, entering its 21st year, is slated to run between June 27 and July 13. From January 15 to April 1, the festival organizers will receive submissions for the International New Talent Competition.

Founded in 2005, the International New Talent Competition seeks to discover talent for the Taiwanese and international film industries. The competition encourages greater creativity in filmmaking in terms of story structuring, storytelling, thematic presentation, and aesthetic style.

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Please visit https://www.taipeiff.taipei/intc.aspx for information on submissions to the International New Talent Competition 2019.

A jury of five international film industry professionals decides on the “Grand Prize” and “Special Jury Prize” among the selected international films. Grand Prize winners receive NT$600,000 (approximately US$18,000), while Special Jury Prize winners receive NT$300,000 (US$9,000). Audiences vote for their favorite film to determine the “Audience Choice Award”.
Festival organizers first draw up a short list of 10 to 12 international films. The final selection is to be announced in early May. Foreign directors are invited to submit their first or second feature film, which must have a minimum running time of 70 minutes and not previously screened for the public in Taiwan. For more information, please visit Taipei Film Festival website: https://www.taipeiff.taipei/intc.aspx

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Please visit https://www.taipeiff.taipei/tfa.aspx for information on submissions
to the Taipei Film Festival.

Many past winners gained international attention and continued to shine with their later works. They include: Filmmaker Robin CAMPILLO, who bagged the Cannes Grand Prize of the Jury with BPM; Director Taika WAITITI, known for making Thor: Ragnarok; and screenwriter Kirsten TAN, whose Pop Aye took the trophy of the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017. Taiwanese blockbuster for 2018, Dear EX, jointly directed by Mag HSU and HSUChih-yen, was the winner of the Festival’s Audience Choice Award that same year. The Great Buddha+ by HUANG Hsin-yao was awarded the Audience Choice Award in 2017.
Jury members of the International New Talent Competition over the years have included Golden Lion winner TRẦN Anh Hùng; Berlinale Silver Bear winner WANG Xiaoshuai; Ruben ÖSTLUND , the winner of the 2017 Palme d'Or for The Square, and HAMAGUCHI Ryusuke, whose Asako I & II made its way to the Cannes Official Competition last year. The members of the jury have different professional and cultural backgrounds. However, they share the same artistic sensibility and creativity that enable them to choose films with high levels of originality. The Awards ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, July 2 this year.
The numbers of submissions for the International New Talent Competition have risen sharply since its establishment 14 years ago. Last year, more than 553 films from 88 countries were submitted.