2017 Action Taipei! Youth Film Workshop Opens for 119 Young Aspiring Filmmakers
2017 Action Taipei! Youth Film Workshop Opens for 119 Young Aspiring Filmmakers - Taipei Film Commission
Group photo of the guests and the 119 participants. From left: Director Jennifer Jao of Taipei Film Commission, Principal Li Yuan of Taipei Media School, Director Chen Yi-kuang of Taipei Media School, Deputy CEO Ann Yang of Taipei Culture Foundation, Director Shen Ko-shang of Taipei Film Festival.
With the arrival of summer, the first “2017 Action Taipei! Youth Film Workshop,” co-organized by Taipei City Department of Cultural Affairs and Taipei Culture Foundation, opened on July 7 at Taipei City Youth Development Office (Y17). At the workshop, 119 junior and senior high school students who aspire to work in the film industry were to learn about the whole filmmaking process and participate in actual film production, with the guidance of professional instructors. The first Action Taipei! Youth Film Workshop ties in with the highly anticipated Taipei Universiade, featuring the same theme of “For You - For Youth,” wherein the participants would collaborate to complete ten short films to be shown at Taipei Film Festival on July 13 and curated by the Universiade Museum.
At the opening ceremony in the morning, 119 spirited participants, who passed the screening process, loudly took their oath as led by the workshop’s Duty Officer. “I will exert my passion and skills in filmmaking with no reservation and dedicate all my efforts to the art, from this moment until July 13.” Notable attendees of the ceremony include Li Yuan (Hsiao Yeh), Chair of Taipei Culture Foundation and Principal of Taipei Media School, Deputy CEO Ann Yang of Taipei Culture Foundation, Director Jennifer Jao of Taipei Film Commission, Director Chen Yi-kuang of Taipei Media School, instructor Wang Pei-fen of Taipei Media School, and Director Shen Ko-shang of Taipei Film Festival. They held props such as clapboard, director’s chair, and camera to play director, editor, producer, boom operator, screenwriter, cinematographer and other crew members in a group photo to wish the participants a fulfilling workshop experience.
The participants loudly took their oath.
The guests posed as crew members. From left: Director Chen Yi-kuang of Taipei Media School, instructor Wang Pei-fen of Taipei Media School, Deputy CEO Ann Yang of Taipei Culture Foundation, Principal Li Yuan of Taipei Media School, Director Jennifer Jao of Taipei Film Commission, Director Shen Ko-shang of Taipei Film Festival.
Li Yuan took the stage to enthusiastic greeting from the participants. He congratulated them on being exceptional to have been selected by the screening committee and on being lucky because they were about to learn from key players in Taiwan’s film industry. “My expectation of you is that after you complete your films in six days and screen them on the big screen, you go on to become seed students for high school media education in Taipei. With the skills you learn here, I hope that you return to your respective schools to found student clubs that promote media education among high school students.” Li Yuan also seized the chance to introduce the three organizations under Taipei Culture Foundation that co-organized 2017 Action Taipei! Youth Film Workshop, which are Taipei Film Commission, Taipei Media School, and Taipei Film Festival. He hoped for the participants to familiarize themselves with the industry experience and resources of these organizations to help themselves advance in filmmaking. Lastly, he encouraged the participants by saying, “Taiwan’s curriculum guidelines for senior high schools will include media education by 2019, which makes you the pioneers on the education front of the film industry. You have shouldered a great responsibility, and we are glad to have you.”
Li Yuan (Hsiao Yeh), Chair of Taipei Culture Foundation and Principal of Taipei Media School, played a film director at the ceremony
Deputy CEO Ann Yang of Taipei Culture Foundation during the opening speech
Deputy CEO Ann Yang of Taipei Culture Foundation added that under Taipei Culture Foundation, in addition to Taipei Film Commission, Taipei Media School, and Taipei Film Festival, there are other organizations that serve film, visual arts, and performance arts - the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei Artist Village, Taipei Arts Festival, Taipei Performing Arts Center, Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, and The Red House. She encouraged the workshop participants to make use of the multidisciplinary resources at Taipei Culture Foundation to further immerse themselves in culture and art.
The six-day 2017 Action Taipei! Youth Film Workshop covered directing, screenwriting, cinematography, sound recording, producing, and editing. The instructors included Director Shen Ko-shang of Taipei Film Festival, Golden Horse-winning editor Chen Hsiao-tung, film director Yang Ya-che, producer Yang Cheng-shin of the Taipei Film Festival Grand Prize-winning film Taivalu, director Chiang Wei-liang of Anchorage Prohibited, which won the Audi Short Film Award at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival, screenwriter Kelly Yang of When a Wolf Falls in Love with a Sheep and Taipei Factory 2, cinematographer Chen Ko-chin of The Tag-Along, sound mixer Li Chang-hsien of KO ONE: RE-MEMBER, and editor Hsu Ya-ting, who has won multiple awards for her work on short films.
The practical courses in the workshop’s curriculum allowed young students venturing into filmmaking to participate in the actual production of short films. Because of the appeal of the workshop’s programming, the organizers received nearly 200 applications, among whom 119 were selected. With the theme of the Taipei Universiade, “For You - For Youth,” these participants would work together to complete short films to be featured as official selection in Taipei Film Festival and screened at Taipei Shin Kong Cinemas while being curated in the Universiade Museum. Therefore, the participants would have the opportunity to show their debut on the big screen and enjoy the thrill of creation. The public, on the other hand, would also be able to witness the energy demonstrated by aspiring filmmakers in conjunction with the Universiade. The 2017 Action Taipei! Youth Film Workshop was held for a total of six days on July 7 and July 9 through July 13.