The First "MOD Microfilm & Golden Short Film Contest - Exhibition Screening"
The First "MOD Microfilm & Golden Short Film Contest - Exhibition Screening" - Taipei Film Commission
Group photo of guests, production teams and the audience. From left: Show host Gordon Yang, Animals lead actor Chang Chih-han, 3260 director Chou Yu-chuang, producer Chen Pao-hsu, Taipei Film Commission Director Jennifer Jao, The Fight of the God and a Man lead actor Hsieh Meng-ting and lead actress Chuang Chu-ling and families/friends.
Following the award ceremony held on the 20th, the "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, organized its first "Exhibition Screening" event yesterday (the 26th) afternoon at SPOT -Huashan cinema to showcase this year's winning productions. Crews of the winning production teams were invited to share with the audience their creative ideas and to exchange opinions with each other. Associate Vice President Petrina Chong of Marketing Category, Chunghwa Telecom (the organizer), and Director Jennifer Jao of Taipei Film Commission (the co-organizer) both appeared during the exhibition screening to show their support for the 15 winning productions. The event attracted more than 130 production team members and their families and friends, whose presence had contributed to the joyful memory of this event.
Associate Vice President Petrina Chong said during her speech that Chunghwa Telecom has long supported the audiovisual industry by offering creative talents the best environment in which to create and showcase their works, given the advantages, technologies and resources it has on hand. In addition to broadcasting all participating productions over the MOD platform in HD resolution, Chunghwa Telecom has also organized its first exhibition screening event this year to promote Taiwan's outstanding productions to local and international audiences. Associate Vice President Chang said: "The Golden Horse Awards ceremony had just been held yesterday. It is our hope for MOD Microfilm & Golden Short Film Contest to develop a stature comparable to that of the Golden Horse Awards some time in the future!"
Associate Vice President Petrina Chong of Marketing Category, Chunghwa Telecom, with show host Gordon Yang on the right
Taipei Film Commission Director Jennifer Jao
Seeing how Taiwanese films had just claimed a major victory during the 54th Golden Horse Awards held one evening before, Taipei Film Commission Director Jennifer Jao said in her speech that filmmaking requires more than contribution of individual talents, but the ability to work as a team as well. Director Chung Mong-hong, who won Best Cinematography in the Golden Horse Awards using the alias "Nakashima Nagao," is a good example of a team player, for he has both the courage and the talent to accomplish the role of screenwriter, director, and cinematographer. Director Jao also encouraged families and friends of the production teams to support the young minds and try not to confine their future potentials like what Golden Horse Best Leading Actress Kara Wai said in The Bold, the Corrupt, and the Beautiful: “I did it for you!”
The 2017 "MOD Microfilm & Golden Short Film Contest" attracted submission from a total of 324 production teams, making it the most highly contended year to date. In the end, 15 productions stood out from the 42 nominees to win the final awards. All production teams were excited to see their works showcased on the big screen during the screening event. After each screening, members of the production team were invited to the stage to share with the audience on the interesting stories behind their creations. For director Chen Yen-hao of The Child in the Park, an Excellence Recognition from the Society category, he was initially working on another script until he found his wife pregnant and thus decided to produce this short film of similar story. As for PAPASOUP, which is another Excellence Recognition from the Society category, the director was undergoing military service at the time and his presence was filled in by Cheung Siu-hung (sound recording, post-production, editing and lighting) and Tseng Shih-chuan (who played the elder brother in the film), who revealed that the plot had originated from an outrageous imagination that came to the director when he saw a can of milk powder one day morning. When asked about the final scene (the scene where the character discovered that his father's ashes were put inside a milk power can by mistake), Tseng Shih-chuan laughed and said that he was thinking to himself: "Oh no! Someone's going to drink dad!" while performing the scene.
The Child in the Park director Chen Yen-hao shared interesting stories of fatherhood that occurred during his production
This year's "Best Actor" was awarded to 7-year old Chien Shih-kai of Where to Go from the Campus category. Director Li Chun-ting said that he had met Chien Shih-kai by coincidence during his location scouting trip, in a park where Chien was playing alone. Chien’s behavior was almost identical to the film's plot. "Best Actress" was awarded to This or That from the Society category, and director Huang Sheng-chun said that he had very little time to write the script, so he invited his lead cast to rehearse the script in a coffee shop one afternoon. The director gave very little instructions, hoping for the performers to play their parts in the most natural way possible, and they happened to convince the jury. As for Truth or Dare, winner of "Best Screenplay" in the Society category, director/screenwriter Yang Sheng-hao and lead actor Liu Huan had collaborated on several occasions before this short film about "stalking" and "peeping." Liu Huan, who played a mentally ill senior student, said that even he himself considered the story creepy. After the director explained the meaning of the ending scene, show host Gordon Yang, too, described the plot as "scary."
Hunted from the Top Selections of Campus category was this year's biggest winner, claiming the "Chunghwa Telecom Collaboration Prize" and "Best Animation Award" at the same time. Its director - Chen Yen-hsun is currently studying at the Department of Animation, Taipei National University of the Arts. He had only one semester to complete the production, and drew virtually non-stop without sleep at the final stage of production. In the end, his efforts paid off. For Wedding Count Down 180 Days, winner of "ELTA TV Award for the Best Screenplay" in the Society category, director Joe Shih has long devoted attention to affairs concerning public welfare and disadvantaged groups, and hoped to convey proper information through his short film. This year's "Most Potential Award" was awarded to Whismuring from the 3-Minute Golden Short Film Category; the director, Lien Ya-yu, is still in high school but has developed a strong interest towards filmmaking. While her classmates were busy applying for school this summer, Lien spent her time making videos for this Contest.
Director Chen Chien-yo of Life, an Excellence Recognition from the 3-Minute Golden Short Film category, said that his film was about "recognizing the unexpected as part of daily life." The lead actor Kerr Hsu was still his roommate at that time, and after discussing the script with him, the two of them took three hours to shoot the film, and the actor was given great freedom to explore possibilities. As for The Fight of the God and a Man from the 3-Minute Golden Short Film category, lead actress Chuang Chu-ling revealed that she did not meet lead actor Hsieh Meng-ting until the day the shooting began. Prior to that, she had only read the director's plot summary, and the two of them improvised virtually everything on the spot. Upon hearing this, show host Gordon Yang asked the two performers to improvise an argument scene right at the theater, much to the audience's delight.
The Fight of the God and a Man lead actor Hsieh Meng-ting (left) and lead actress Chuang Chu-ling were asked to improvise an argument scene
Animals, winner of the "4K Resolution Jury Prize" from the Campus category, adapted its name from the novel by Chinese writer Wang Shuo, which was also the novel adapted by director Jiang Wen for the Chinese film In the Heat of the Sun. Lead actor Chang Chih-han said that the filming site still frightens him every time he recalls. The next in the screening schedule was this year's million-dollar Grand Prize winner - Please Come Home from the Society category. Through this film, director Hu Ruei-tsai wanted to show the audience how helpless demented people can be, and his fear towards this issue. Seeing himself as a perfectionist, Hu Ruei-tsai admitted that he felt modest about how the production held up on the big screen; nevertheless, the film did convey the message as he had intended.
The final film to screen was 3260, last year's "Chunghwa Telecom Collaboration Prize" winner. It was completed by Touch of Light Films Ltd., the same team that produced last year's winning title - Coffee Egg. Executive Producer Chen Pao-hsu and director Chou Yu-chuang were both present at the event to meet the audience. Chen Pao-hsu said that the mission of Touch of Light Films is to nurture a new generation of video production workers. She considered director Chou Yu-chuang as a gentle and meticulous person, and is good at portraying people's emotions. Chou Yu-chuang revealed that the film was inspired by the poems written by lead actor Mo Tzu-yi, and had been custom-tailored specifically for Mo to present an introspection to modern people's "cynical" emotions - that despite the negative energy, people are actually trying hard to live to their fully potentials. This positive message led to the inspirational closure of the first "MOD Microfilm & Golden Short Film Contest - Exhibition Screening" event.
3260 executive producer Chen Pao-hsu (left) and director Chou Yu-chuang
All participating productions of the "2017 MOD Microfilm & Golden Short Film Contest" have been made available on the MOD platform in HD resolution. They are also being promoted as highlights under the MOD movie section from now until December 4!