Submissions to the 9th “Filming Taipei” Screenplay Competition Closes on July 5
Submissions to the 9th “Filming Taipei” Screenplay Competition Closes on July 5 - Taipei Film Commission
Submissions to the 2017 “Filming Taipei” Screenplay Competition closes on July 5. (click to enter)
Submissions to the 9th “Filming Taipei” Screenplay Competition closes in less than two weeks! Organized by Taipei City Department of Cultural Affairs and executed by Taipei Film Commission, the 9th “Filming Taipei” Screenplay Competition is accepting submissions until July 5. Screenwriters who are interested in participating, don't miss your deadline!
The competition calls for screenplays of 90-minute drama feature with locations, people, and events of Taipei. Those eligible have the chance of winning the 200,000 TWD grand prize and bringing the screenplay to the big screen. At the end of the year, participants can also attend screenwriting classes at Taipei Film Academy, organized by Taipei Film Commission, free of charge. If you are interested in screenwriting, seize this valuable opportunity at learning from the working masters of the craft!
Previous “Filming Taipei” competitions has established such a good reputation that directors and production companies immediately seek collaboration with the winners as soon as they are announced. As of yet, “Filming Taipei” winners that went on to become major releases include When a Wolf Falls in Love with a Sheep, written and directed by Hou Chi-jan, Awake (unofficial), directed by Chang Chi-yung, based on Taipei Fantasy (unofficial) by Birdy Fong, Partners in Crime, written by Shabelle Kao and Monica Kao, directed by Chang Jung-chi, and Lost Daughter, written and directed by Jacob Chen. This year’s upcoming release, Take Me to the Moon, is also based on “Filming Taipei” Silver Award-winning screenplay Good old days, written by Birdy Fong. In addition, Silver Screenplay Award-winning screenplay Blue Neck Ring, written by Chang Yao-sheng, has also been reported to receive the 2nd film production subsidy for 2016 from the Ministry of Culture.
To help aspiring screenwriters enhance their skills and interact with film industry professionals, since 2015, Taipei Film Commission has incorporated screenwriting classes into the annual Taipei Film Academy, inviting award-winning screenwriters to pass on firsthand screenwriting tips and offering reserved seats to participants of the “Filming Taipei” competition. The award ceremony for last year's “Filming Taipei” competition was held at the end of the Screenwriters’ Forum at the 2016 Taipei Film Academy, with instructors and the competition’s jurors to present the awards. Chen Chia-hung and Hsu Hui-chen, who won the Golden Screenplay Award for Investigation of Liugong Jun were contacted by a director shortly after to discuss collaboration. The project was reported recently to have been greenlit. Bronze Screenplay Award-winning A Love Film About Killing, by director Zero Chou, is also in development for filming. Another Bronze Screenplay Award winner, My Beauty Queen Mom, written by director Sen-i Yu, was accepted at a Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum and is currently in development to be made into a film.
Competition jurors presented awards to winners of the 8th “Filming Taipei” Screenplay Competition. From the left: Juror Alphonse Youth-Leigh, Tian Koi Leong, and Golden Screenplay Award winners Chen Chia-Hung and Hsu Hui-chen for their screenplay Investigation of Liugong Jun
The “Filming Taipei” Screenplay Competition receives more submissions year after year. According to past participants, compared with similar competitions in Taiwan “Filming Taipei” imposes fewer restrictions, allows higher creative freedom, and is more open to new and diverse subject matters. With abundant resources, Taipei Film Commission offers marketing platforms to individual filmmakers, helping winners of the competition break into the industry as up-and-coming screenwriters.
Submissions to the 9th “Filming Taipei” Screenplay Competition closes on July 5 (Submissions must be postmarked by July 5.). Participants have the chance to attend Taipei Film Commission’s screenwriting classes at Taipei Film Academy, learning from the skills and experiences of master screenwriters. Aspiring screenwriters, do not miss the deadline! For submission details, visit: http://www.filmcommission.taipei/event/filmingtaipei09/