Three Taiwanese Feature Projects Shine at the 2017 Paris Coproduction Village
Three Taiwanese Feature Projects Shine at the 2017 Paris Coproduction Village - Taipei Film Commission
(6th from left) TFC Director Jennifer Jao, (8th from right) Head of Industry Jérémy Zelnik, (6th from right) director Rina Tsou, (5th from right) director Huang Hui-chen, (2nd from right)producer Aileen Li
Organized by Paris Coproduction Village in partnership with Taipei Film Commission (TFC), the 2017 Paris Coproduction Village wrapped up after three days of intensive networking events. Three Taiwanese feature projects selected by the Village’s “Focus on Taiwan” program -- A Chinese In The Trenches by Lee Show-chun (Shanghaï Belleville), Raining Roses by Rina Tsou (Arnie, The International Critics’ Week, Cannes 2016), and Loma - Our Home by Huang Hui-chen (Small Talk, Teddy Award for Best Documentary, Berlinale 2017) were presented to nearly a hundred of producers, sales agents, distributors, financiers and fund coordinators, while representatives of these projects attended one-to-one pre-scheduled meetings and a conference delivered by leading film industry professionals. In addition to the Taiwanese projects, nine other projects from Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Japan, Brazil, etc., were also joining the occasion.
The 2017 Paris Coproduction Village took place during the Industry Week of Champs-Elysées Film Festival from June 20 to 22 in Paris, France. On June 22, a “Focus Taiwan” conference was held by TFC to discuss the co-production pattern between Taiwanese and international film industry with Melanie Goodfellow from Screen International as the moderator. TFC Director Jennifer Jao and Taiwanese producer Aileen Li (Lucy) both talked about their personal experiences of co-productions.
At the conference: (from left) producer Aileen Li, TFC Director Jennifer Jao, moderator Melanie Goodfellow
Director Jennifer Jao began her talk with the mission of Taipei Film Commission, and illustrated multiple filming subsidies in Taiwan in aspects of budget, talents, and services. She recalled working on Life of Pi (2012), Lucy (2014), Silence (2016), Taipei Factory I&II (2013 &2014), and introduced the representatives of the three Taiwanese feature projects in attendance – producer Mooz Lee representing A Chinese In The Trenches, Italian producer Stefano Centini and director Huang Hui-chen of Loma - Our Home, producer Eric Xie and director Rina Tsou of Raining Roses.
Director Jao pointed out the utmost goals of “Paris Coproduction Village-Focus on Taiwan” program are to combine global resources, cut down on production costs, and expand international market of Taiwanese films. Each year, the selection of three Taiwanese projects may attract at least NTD$150 million of funding to Taiwan, and it is TFC’s objective to reinforce the tie between Taiwanese and French producers and distributors to make more films that would amaze the world together.
Renowned Taiwanese producer Aileen Li then spoke from her previous experience of co-productions, and mentioned some stories behind the shooting of Lucy (director Luc Besson’s highest-budget film) in Taiwan. According to Li, despite different working habits and approaches due to cultural backgrounds, collaborating with a foreign crew helped her realize her own advantages and disadvantages, which might influence the films she produced. The conference concluded in enthusiastic exchange of ideas among the audience, who all gave positive feedback and showed confidence in the future of Taiwanese-French co-production.
Earlier on the evening of June 21, a cocktail reception was hosted by TFC to welcome more than a hundred international guests, offering a rare occasion for Taiwanese talents to build networks with European film professionals. It is TFC’s hope to combine resources from both sides to create more possibilities for co-productions. At the cocktail were Director Jennifer Jao of TFC, Pierre-Emmanuel Fleurantin, CEO of Paris Coproduction Village, Jérémy Zelnik, Head of Industry of Paris Coproduction Village, Yann Marchet, Director of Marketing & Communication of Ile de France Film Commission, Denitza Bantcheva, French writer and film critique, Director Lien Li-li of Taiwan Cultural Center in Paris, as well as representatives from Europa, Wild Bunch, Wide Management and Euro Media.
(1st from left) director Huang Hui-chen, (3rd from left) producer Eric Xie, director Rina Tsou, (6th from left) TFC Director Jennifer Jao, Director Yann Marchet, Director Lien Li-li, producer Aileen Li, and producer Stefano Centini