Taipei Film Festival 2017: Application Call for the 3rd Produire au Sud Taipei Workshop - Taipei Film Commission
Produire au Sud Taipei Workshop is organized by the Bureau of Audiovisual and Music Industry Development (Ministry of Culture) and co-organized by the French Office in Taipei. It is executed by Nante’s Festival des 3 Continents and Taipei Film Festival. Inaugurated in 2015, it has been well received by local cineastes. This year, the third workshop will take place from July 5 to 10 during the Taipei Film Festival. International senior lecturers selected by the Festival des 3 Continents will provide professional experience and advice covering key aspects of filmmaking from pitching and fundraising to international distribution and sales to help Taiwanese cineastes to enhance their ability in international co-production and development. This year, two lecturers on screenwriting have been especially invited to carry out a three-stage follow-up script guidance, so that each project in the workshop can fully develop. Produire au Sud Taipei Workshop is now accepting applications for 2017. The deadline is May 2.
2017 Produire au Sud Taipei Workshop
This year, Produire au Sud Taipei Workshop is divided into three stages. Participants selected to join the workshop are required to participate in all stages. The first stage takes place from July 5 to 10, 2017, focusing primarily on participants’ film proposals and scripts. They will receive one-on-one professional guidance covering angles such as production, distribution, and a series of complete courses on pitching technique. The second stage workshop will run from November 1 to 3, 2017, and the third stage from February 7 to 9, 2018, and will focus on the follow-up to scripts proposed in the first stage with the aim of greatly enhancing the completeness of the scripts and the possibility of international co-production through adjustment during the seven months.
Since its first version in 2015, Produire au Sud Taipei Workshop has attracted many active cineastes and emerging filmmakers, with the results already beginning to emerge. Among the participants of the first workshop, filmmaker Chen Hung-I and producer Wei Ying-Chuan have completed The Last Painting in 2016 which originated from their proposal The Terrorizers in Love. The film was nominated in the official competition of the Big Screen Award at the 46th International Film Festival Rotterdam and selected as the opening film of Taipei Golden Horse Fantastic Film Festival this year. Emerging filmmaker Rina B. Tsou, who also took part in the first workshop subsequently won project development funds from the NEXT MASTERS SUPPORT PROGRAM at the 2016 Talents Tokyo with her proposal Raining Roses.
lecturers and participants of the 2016 Produire au Sud Taipei Workshop
Other participants in the Produire au Sud Taipei Workshop include filmmakers HSU Chao-Jen, Shih Li, Ming-Lang Chen, Kek Huat LAU, John Han-Chiang Hsu, Yung-Chi Chen and producers CHANG Chuti, Steven Tu, Jewel, Chen-Lin Lai, among others. After the courses, they said not only the professional knowledge and one-on-one consultation provided by the workshop offered substantive and comprehensive suggestions for different pitches, but also the professional lecturers’ viewpoints made them re-examine their proposals and their international potential before making further adjustment.
Nante’s Festival des 3 Continents has a thirty-year history concentrated on the discovery of unique filmmaking talent from Asia, Latin-America and Africa, and bringing great films from the three continents into France. Filmmakers such as Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Jia Zhangke have been introduced to Europe through the festival before achieving international distinction. Since 2000, the festival has been holding Produire au Sud Workshops (abbr. PAS) which aim to provide knowledge of international cooperation for young filmmakers from the three continents so they can develop more opportunities for international co-production. PAS has also successively cooperated with film festivals in Israel, Thailand, Venezuela and other countries for many years. It has received more than 150 proposals from various countries and its alumni includes Apichatpong Weerasethakul, winner of the Palme d'Or of Cannes Festival. Participants’ films have entered several prominent international festivals such as Cannes, Locarno, and Sundance.
The PAS course is conducted in English only. Each application must comprise of a director and producer team. Each team must provide a script and a proposal that are completed or nearly completed. Those who are selected must join each of the course’s three stages. Workshop participants only need to pay the deposit; no tuition fee is required. Now accepting applications. The deadline is May 2. Selected proposals will be announced on May 8.
★Key Dates of PAS:
Application: March 27 to May 2, 2017
Announcement of selected participants: May 8, 2017
Workshop’s first stage: July 5 to 10, 2017
Workshop’s second stage: November 1 to 3, 2017
Workshop’s third stage: February 7 to 9, 2018
★For more information, please contact:
Tel: +886 2 2308 2966 # 225