Selections of “Paris Coproduction Village-Focus on Taiwan” Revealed in Cannes
Selections of “Paris Coproduction Village-Focus on Taiwan” Revealed in Cannes - Taipei Film Commission
The selections of “Paris Coproduction Village-Focus on Taiwan” was revealed during an international press conference held by the Industry Week of Champs-Elysées Film Festival on the evening of May 22 at L’Atelier des Merveilles Ephémères (L^A.M.E) in Cannes, France. Three Taiwanese film projects were selected along with other 9 international projects of the Paris Coproduction Village 2017, including two drama feature projects, A Chinese In The Trenches by director Lee Show-chun and Raining Roses by director Rina Tsou, and a documentary feature project Loma - Our Home by director Huang Hui-chen. Director Lee Show-chun, based in Paris, attended the event to meet with other participants.
Group photo_participants and organisers of the Industry Week’s programs
(from left) Director Jennifer Jao of Taipei Film Commission, CEO Pierre-Emmanuel Fleurantin of Paris Coproduction Village, and director Lee Show-chun
Director Lee Show-chun of the drama feature project _A Chinese In The Trenches
The “Paris Coproduction Village-Focus on Taiwan” was launched in March this year during Hong Kong FILMART 2017 by Commissioner Chung Yung-feng of Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City Government and CEO Pierre-Emmanuel Fleurantin of Paris Coproduction Village.
The Paris Coproduction Village, organized within the Industry Week of Champs-Elysées Film Festival, serves as a development and financing platform for carefully selected international feature projects intended for French or European coproductions. In 2017, the fourth edition puts Taiwanese film industry under the spotlight and invites Taipei Film Commission (TFC) as the Village’s first Asian partner.
The 3 selected Taiwanese projects was revealed by Jérémy Zelnik, Head of Industry of Paris Coproduction Village. The “Focus on Taiwan” has chosen two drama feature projects and a documentary feature project, namely A Chinese In The Trenches by France-based director Lee Show-chun, Raining Roses by director Rina Tsou, whose short film was selected by the International Critics Week of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, and Loma - Our Home by director Huang Hui-chen, winner of the Teddy Award for Best Documentary of the 2017 Berlin Film Festival.
Director Jennifer Jao of Taipei Film Commission remarked that TFC has assisted 558 international productions of different scales including 175 co-production films since its establishment in 2007. She believes that coproductions allow filmmakers dream greater dreams, and wished great success for the selected projects.
Director Jennifer Jao of Taipei Film Commission
Having lived and worked in France for more than 20 years, director Lee Show-chun found the “Focus on Taiwan” program a rare opportunity to connect with local French film industry, and looked forward to realizing her drama feature project through coproductions.
Earlier during the opening speech, CEO Pierre-Emmanuel Fleurantin of Paris Coproduction Village briefly introduced the concept of the Industry Week, while giving thanks to Taipei Film Commission, the team behind Paris Coproduction Village, and all the participants for their supports. President Sophie Dulac of Champs-Elysees Film Festival also added that the Industry Week is ready to welcome filmmakers in Paris.
The selections of US-in-progress 2017 were also revealed during the event by Marie Zeniter, Organiser of the program. After the announcement ceremony, there was a lively cocktail party with more than a hundred of participants and film professionals worldwide, including Sophie Dulac, Founder and President of Champs-Elysees Film Festival, Pierre-Emmanuel Fleurantin, CEO of Paris Coproduction Village, Jérémy Zelnik, Head of Industry of Paris Coproduction Village, Marie Zeniter, Organiser of US-in-progress, Director Jennifer Jao of Taipei Film Commission (TFC), Yann Marchet, Director of Marketing & Communication of Ile de France Film Commission, and Taiwanese director Lee Show-chun.
The representatives of these 3 Taiwanese films will join other 9 projects in Paris from June 20 to 22 for 3 days of meetings, conferences and networking with international producers, financiers, buyers, etc. A delegation of Taiwanese film professionals will also be invited to the event; there will be a conference on coproduction between Taiwan and France based on recent case studies to reinforce the current collaboration pattern.