Ten Short Films from the 2017 Action Taipei! Youth Film Workshop Shown on the Big Screen
Ten Short Films from the 2017 Action Taipei! Youth Film Workshop Shown on the Big Screen - Taipei Film Commission
The closing screening ceremony for the first “Action Taipei! Youth Film Workshop” was held on the evening of July 13 at Taipei Shin Kong Cinemas as a part of Taipei Film Festival. In five short days of the camp, the 119 young participants were no longer novices to filmmaking. They worked together to complete ten graduation short films with the theme of the Taipei Universiade, “For You - For Youth.” It was also their first experience seeing their work on the big screen. The participants were very excited at the screening, bursting into laughter from time to time. During the post-screening review session, the participants also responded very enthusiastically to the humorous critique from the jurors, Shen Ko-shang, Chen Hsiao-tung, and Yang Ya-che. The participants said that they have learned a lot during the Youth Film Workshop and planned to brave the path into the film industry. The ten short films will be curated at the Universiade Museum, allowing the public to witness the energy demonstrated by aspiring filmmakers in conjunction with the Universiade.
(From left:) Deputy Director Christa Chen of Taipei Film Festival, Director Jennifer Jao of Taipei Film Commission, Director Shen Ko-shang of Taipei Film Festival, Chair Mark Lee Ping-bing of Taipei Film Festival, Deputy CEO Ann Yang of Taipei Culture Foundation, Commissioner Chung Yung-feng of Taipei City Department of Cultural Affairs, Principal Li Yuan of Taipei Media School, award-winning editor Chen Hsiao-tung, Director Chen Yi-kuang of Taipei Media School, renowned director Yang Ya-che
Nearly 300 seats at the closing screening were completely full. Some members of the audience even lined up two hours before the event. Influential guests including Su Li-chiung, Taipei City Government Secretary-General and Chair of the Taipei Universiade executive committee, Commissioner Chung Yung-feng of Taipei City Department of Cultural Affairs, Li Yuan, Chair of Taipei Culture Foundation and Principal of Taipei Media School, Chair Mark Lee Ping-bing of Taipei Film Festival, Director Jennifer Jao of Taipei Film Commission, Director Shen Ko-shang of Taipei Film Festival, Golden Horse-winning editor Chen Hsiao-tung, and film director Yang Ya-che also attended the ceremony to congratulate the participants on their debut.
The “2017 Action Taipei! Youth Film Workshop,” co-organized by Taipei City Government and Taipei Culture Foundation, was created to familiarize young students with the film industry by integrating the resources of associated organizations and facilitating the discovery and training of new talents.
In his speech, Commissioner Chung Yung-feng of Taipei City Department of Cultural Affairs thanked the participants for joining the program and fulfilling its mission. He also praised organizers Taipei Film Commission, Taipei Media School, and Taipei Film Festival for being an example of true collaboration among government agencies.
Commissioner Chung giving an opening speech
Principal Li Yuan said that the most important thing the participants learned at the workshop was that films can only be “half complete” until they are shown to an audience and get through to them.
Su Li-chiung, Chair of the Taipei Universiade executive committee, commented that if there were film workshops when she was young, she “may have become a filmmaker instead of a public servant.” She also used the occasion to encourage the audience to participate in the 2017 Taipei Universiade and take pride in Taiwan.
The five-day “2017 Action Taipei! Youth Film Workshop” covered directing, screenwriting, cinematography, sound recording, producing, and editing. In these short days, the 119 participants experienced the hard work behind the scenes in film industry. When they worked on their own short films, despite setbacks and challenges, almost every one of them volunteered to work overtime. They spent more than ten hours in the editing phase trying to figure out the process for themselves, only reluctantly going home for the day when strongly urged by the workshop staff. When they finally saw their work on the big screen, they cheered, applauded, and laughed, unable to hold back their excitement.
After seeing the short films by the participants, Chair Mark Lee Ping-bing thanked the Youth Film Workshop for making him a producer for the first time. He also praised these young students for being the future of the film industry. Commissioner Chung Yung-feng then commented joyfully that he found many parts of the short films poetic.
Chair Mark Lee Ping-bing sharing his comments with the audience
Following those comments, Shen Ko-shang, Chen Hsiao-tung, and Yang Ya-che offered critique from their own professional perspectives to the ten groups of participants on their short films. The three jurors called on individual participants to interact with them and give direct suggestions and encouragement. Their humorous and incisive review of the short films was the absolute highlight of the event.
(From left:) jurors Shen Ko-shang, Chen Hsiao-tung, and Yang Ya-che
Yang Ya-che said with gratitude that the parents of the participants deserved a thumbs-up for helping their children attend the workshop. He also encouraged the young people to express their ideas. Shen Ko-shang expressed his amazement that the participants could complete their short films in merely five days. He said that there are no written rules in filmmaking, and everyone can tell their stories from perspectives that best align with their own experiences in life. As this was Chen Hsiao-tung’s first time seeing films by high school students, he was captivated by the energy of the young people and generously praised some of the participants for their ambition in their works. He also encouraged the participants to enjoy filmmaking and the creative process in their future.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, the guests presented the participants with certificates of completion to commemorate their dedication to the 2017 Action Taipei! Youth Film Workshop. The participants were very excited to have the opportunity to meet master filmmakers such as Mark Lee Ping-bing. They said that they learned a lot during the workshop while realizing, “Filmmaking is hard!”
Participants holding their certificates of completion