2017 MOD Microfilm & Golden Short Film Contest Million-dollar Grand Prize Awarded to Please Come Home, while Animation - Hunted Claimed 3 Major Prizes
2017 MOD Microfilm & Golden Short Film Contest Million-dollar Grand Prize Awarded to Please Come Home, while Animation - Hunted Claimed 3 Major Prizes - Taipei Film Commission
"2017 MOD Microfilm & Golden Short Film Contest," the nation's largest, most popular and most highly rewarded (NT$4.3 million in prizes) micro film contest, held a grand award ceremony this afternoon (the 20th) at Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel Taipei! The highly anticipated "million-dollar Grand Prize" was awarded to Please Come Home (from the Society category) starring this year's Golden Bell Awards Best Leading Actress Wen Chen-ling. Meanwhile, animation - Hunted from the Campus Category claimed the million-dollar "Chunghwa Telecom Collaboration Prize," the "Best Animation Award" and "Top Selections of Campus category" at the same time, winning NT$1.18 million in prizes that made it the biggest winner this year. The NT$800,000 "ELTA TV Award for the Best Screenplay" was awarded to Wedding Count Down 180 Days from the Society category, and this year's new "4K Resolution Jury Prize" was won by Animals from the Campus category.
Winners and guests at the award ceremony of "2017 MOD Microfilm & Golden Short Film Contest"
The 2017 "MOD Microfilm & Golden Short Film Contest" attracted submission from a total of 324 production teams, 30 of which were filmed in 4K resolution. Compared to Contest in previous years, this year's entries showed significant improvement whether in terms of completeness, filming technique, and creativity. The Society category, in particular, received record-breaking number of entries and attracted professional production teams as well as renowned performers.
The award ceremony was hosted by veteran show host Mickey Huang, and apart from the 42 nominated production teams, valued guests including Chunghwa Telecom Chairman Cheng Yu, Chunghwa Telecom President Hsieh Chi-mao, Chunghwa Telecom Northern Taiwan Business Group Manager Tu Yuan-kuang, Commissioner Chung Yung-feng of Taipei City Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei Culture Foundation Deputy CEO Ann Yang, Taipei Film Commission Director Jennifer Jao, ELTA TV CEO Sally Chen, Sundance Channel (Taiwan) Executive Manager Lin Chia-chieh, event ambassador Kuo Shu-yau and the final round jury (directors Chen Yi-wen, Joe Hsieh and Vivian Chang) were also present to witness the birth of future stars. Due to the many candidates contending for this year's million-dollar Grand Prize and awards such as best leading actor/actress, the event hall was packed with nearly 300 people and filled with tension. Having hosted the event for the 3rd consecutive year, Mickey Huang said that "MOD Microfilm & Golden Short Film Contest" means more to him than the Golden Horse Awards, because he is able to experience up close the creative energy of next-generation filmmakers. He even made a bold prediction that "MOD Microfilm & Golden Short Film Contest may well become the stepping stone towards the Golden Horse Awards!"
Chunghwa Telecom, Taipei Film Commission and ELTA TV jointly invested in nurturing new audiovisual talents
Chunghwa Telecom has been devoted to nurturing a new generation of audiovisual talents and supporting micro film creators by offering significant resources, prizes, exposure opportunities and organizing micro film Contests in the last five years. Chunghwa Telecom Chairman Cheng Yu said that the record-breaking number of entries in recent years shows how the young generation has become serious about Contests of this nature. "As a long-time contributor to the audiovisual industry, Chunghwa Telecom's MOD micro film Contest has been aimed to support local production of original digital contents, and in doing so, we help nurture talents in Taiwan's film industry. Meanwhile, Chunghwa Telecom offers the most competitive video platform where filmmakers are able to create and showcase their works to the audience. We believe that this advantage will contribute to the competitiveness of the entire audiovisual industry."
Chunghwa Telecom Chairman Cheng Yu
Commissioner Chung Yung-feng of Taipei City Department of Cultural Affairs
Commissioner Chung Yung-feng of Taipei City Department of Cultural Affairs acknowledged the efforts that Chunghwa Telecom has committed to supporting the audiovisual industry, and said that Taipei City Department of Cultural Affairs, too, has long been developing and exploring audiovisual talents. By working with Chunghwa Telecom on this micro film Contest, they hope to encourage young creators to learn to "tell stories through image" starting from short films, and take progressive steps toward accomplishing their dreams. Commissioner Chung also took this opportunity to remind everyone to support Taipei Film Festival as it approaches its 20th anniversary next year, and to encourage submissions from young creators gathered here on this day. Deputy CEO Ann Yang of Taipei Culture Foundation said that she felt the passion and abundance of Taiwanese film talents as soon as she stepped inside the hall. Taipei Film Commission Director Jennifer Jao concurred and said that seeing so many young talents gathered here at this time of the year has filled her confidence towards the prospect of Taiwan's audiovisual industry.
Taipei Culture Foundation Deputy CEO Ann Yang (2nd from left) presented the Top Selections of 3-Minute Golden Short Film category to the director of Bridge (left) and the production team of The Fight of the God and a Man (right)
Best Screenplay winner Yang Sheng-hao (left) of Truth or Dare, and Taipei Film Commission Director Jennifer Jao
In addition to the million-dollar Grand Prize and Chunghwa Telecom Collaboration Prize, this year's "ELTA TV Award for the Best Screenplay" had also been raised from NT$600,000 to NT$800,000. ELTA TV CEO Sally Chen said that finding good scripts required more than just prizes. The company had mobilized its employees to vote the submitted entries from the nomination to the winning stage just to make the original TV drama for its initial broadcast. Through its initiative, ELTA hopes to attract more peers into contributing resources for the industry.
Production team of “ELTA TV Award for the Best Screenplay” winner - Wedding Count Down 180 Days and ELTA TV CEO Sally Chen (center)
World-class animations amidst hundreds of competitive entries
According to the jury panel, this year's Contest saw many strong contestants in a broad variety of genres. Apart from drama, there were also many documentaries, animations, horrors, and experimental productions that were fresh to the eye. Overall, entries in this Contest had demonstrated sophisticated control of image presentation and emotion. Director Chen Yi-wen, who was one of the jury members, wished all the nominees good luck in their career, and looked forward to working with them with or without award.
The "Best Animation Award" received a significant win in its first year, as the animation film Hunted claimed "Chunghwa Telecom Collaboration Prize," "Best Animation Award" and "Top Selections of Campus Category" for a total of NT$1.18 million in prizes. It received unanimous praises among the jury panel. Director Joe Hsieh, one of the jury members and former winner of Best Animation in San Diego Asian Film Festival, give his compliment that: "The creator had exhausted all possibilities to produce animation on such a large scale. Hunted not only presents a unique world, but also demonstrates the creator's exceptional drawing, editing and transition skills. It has the quality to compete for international awards, and the creator's potentials are limitless!" The production team of Hunted averaged only 21 years in age, and the audience gave them a thunderous applause when they went back up the stage to receive their prize for the third time. Director Chen Yen-hsun said with sobs that he was surprised and happy for winning the grand prizes. With his bank account balance exceeding 4 digits for the first time, he will definitely present more quality works in the future.
Chunghwa Telecom Chairman Cheng Yu (right) presented the million-dollar "Chunghwa Telecom Collaboration Prize" of "2017 MOD Microfilm & Golden Short Film Contest" to Hunted director Chen Yen-hsun
Chunghwa Telecom Chairman Cheng Yu (2nd from right) and Taipei Culture Foundation Deputy CEO Ann Yang (1st from right) jointly presented the million-dollar Grand Prize to the production team of Please Come Home. From left: music director Huang Shao-yong, producer Sun Wei-chiang, and director Hu Ruei-tsai
This year's million-dollar Grand Prize was awarded to Please Come Home, starring Golden Bell Awards Best Leading Actress Wen Chen-ling. As a screenwriter, director and actor, jury Chen Yi-wen gave the following comments for the production: "Compared to other entries, Please Come Home is a better structured and more distinctive production. It exhibits high standards from the performers to the artistic presentation, and is undoubtedly the unchallenged winner of the Grand Prize." Director Hu Ruei-tsai had previously won the Chunghwa Telecom Collaboration Prize in 2014, and was utterly surprised to win the Grand Prize this time round. By choosing the theme of demented elders and working with a musical band, Hu hoped to bring the public's attention to this issue.
7-year old rookie actor Chien Shih-kai stood out to become Taiwan's youngest best actor winner
Competition between accomplished and new performers has also been one of the highlights this year. Both veteran and new talents had impressed the jury, making it difficult to determine the final winner. Kuo Shu-yau, who was the award presenter and event ambassador of this Contest, said that she was very impressed with everyone's performance after viewing all the nominated entries. When Mickey Huang asked Kuo Shu-yau to predict the winner, as she did in the TV drama - The Psychic, Kuo responded to everyone's surprise that: "I have a feeling that I will be here the next year, standing among the nominees!" Passionately, she welcomed invitations from the production teams present at the ceremony. Winner of "Best Actor" had been the most surprising of all, as it was awarded to 7-year old rookie actor Chien Shih-kai, who managed to stand out amidst strong competitors including defending winner Liao Chin-liang of Bridge and veteran actor Lin I-hsiung of Sequin. According to the jury panel, they went through multiple rounds of debate and five rounds of voting before determining Chien Shih-kai as the final winner.
"2017 MOD Microfilm & Golden Short Film Contest" event ambassador and award presenter Kuo Shu-yau
7-year old Chien Shih-kai of Where to Go won Best Actor and received trophy from Kuo Shu-yau in the company of director Li Chun-ting (left)
The title of "Best Actress" was also highly contended, and it was Wang Yun-tsai of This or That who stood out among the competitors. Other nominees in this category included this year's Golden Bell Awards Mini Series Best Actress Wen Chen-ling (Please Come Home from the Society category), He Yu-chen (Bridge from the 3-Minute Golden Short Film Category) who starred in Qseries' You Talked About Love It, and Chen Tzu-yu who was nominated for two performances in The People and Once. It was truly difficult for Wang Yun-tsai to stand out from such a strong Contest.
New talent Wang Yun-tsai won Best Actress for her performance in This or That
All entries submitted for the "2017 MOD Microfilm & Golden Short Film Contest" will be broadcast over the MOD platform in HD resolution; the winning productions will also be showcased on the big screen similarly to blockbuster titles at SPOT-Huashan cinema during the first "MOD Microfilm & Golden Short Film Contest - Exhibition Screening" event held on November 26.
Winners of the “2017 MOD Microfilm and Golden Short Film Contest:”
Grand Prize: Please Come Home (Society category)
Chunghwa Telecom Collaboration Prize: Hunted (Campus category)
ELTA TV Award for the Best Screenplay: Wedding Count Down 180 Days (Society category)
Sundance Documentary Cooperation Award: N/A
15-Minute Society category Top Selections: This or That
15-Minute Society category Top Selections: Truth or Dare
15-Minute Society category Excellence Recognition: The Child in the Park
15-Minute Society category Excellence Recognition: PAPASOUP
15-Miunte Campus category Top Selections: Where To Go
15-Miunte Campus category Top Selections: Hunted
15-Minute Campus category Excellence Recognition: Kite
15-Minute Campus category Excellence Recognition: Animals
3-Minute Golden Short Film category Top Selections: The Fight of the God and a Man
3-Minute Golden Short Film category Top Selections: Bridge
3-Minute Golden Short Film category Excellence Recognition: Dream of Foreign Land
3-Minute Golden Short Film category Excellence Recognition: Life
Most Potential Award: Whismuring (Golden Short Film category)
Best Animation Award: Hunted (Campus category)
4K Resolution Jury Prize: Animals (Campus category)
Best Actress: Wang Yun-tsai / This or That (Society category)
Best Actor: Chien Shih-kai / Where To Go (Campus category)
Best Screenplay: Yang Sheng-hao / Truth or Dare (Society category)