The Deputy Commissioner of Taipei Film Commission is introducing a series of collaboration with New Zealand Film Commission
Jennifer Jao, the Deputy Commissioner of TFC, said that this year marks the 10th anniversary of the founding of TFC. In the past decade, it has assisted with the shooting of more than 5,000 films, including 673 international production projects. To respond to the rapid changes in the film and television industry, TFC’s goal for the next decade is to accelerate the integration of talents and funds, strengthen the industrial chain and expand the international market. Through this investment programme, TFC hopes to enhance international competitiveness of co-production projects and thereby increase the international visibility of Taipei City. Days ago, TFC just signed a memorandum of collaboration with San Francisco Film Commission. Currently, it also actively implements several film co-production projects with New Zealand Film Commission. The time is ripe for TFC to move toward a new phase of international cooperation, which is highly anticipated.
Chris Payne (Head of International Relations of New Zealand Film Commission) attended the event for congratulation and made a speech
One of TFC’s foreign collaborators, Chris Payne (Head of International Relations of New Zealand Film Commission) made a speech at the occasion, beginning by greeting everyone in the native dialect of New Zealand. He stressed that this time, many cooperation plans are implemented with TFC under the framework of free trade, including a series of film and television cooperation projects based mainly on Taiwan and New Zealand aborigines. The two sides are working closely together and the development is rather promising.
Vince Totino (CEO of the famous Revolution Studio in the U.S.) told Jennifer Jao (Deputy Commissioner of TFC) that he attempted to search locations and make films in Taipei City
More than a hundred international film professionals crowded in the booth of around 26 square meters, including Vince Totino (CEO of the famous Revolution Studio in the U.S. which produced several Oscar-winning films like America’s Sweethearts and Black Hawk Down), Alain Jalladeau (founder of the Nantes Three Continents Festival in France), Raymond Phathanavirangoon (programmer of Critics’ Week of Cannes Film Festival), Elena Bolache (programmer for Chinese-language and Korean films for the Venice International Film Festival), Barbara Lorey de Lacharrière (President of Ecumenical Jury of Cannes Film Festival), Jihae SUNG(Programmer of Busan Film Festival), Liang Zhi-yuan (Fipresci member), Katayoon Shahabi (renowned Iranian producer and jury of Cannes Film Festival), Holger Carlsson (Chairman of Swedish Peace and Love Film Festival), Liz Shackleton (Screen Daily reporter), Joke Ruysschaert (Artistic Director of Razor Reel Flanders Film Festival), Aurélien Dirler (Audiovisual Attaché of Bureau français de Taipei), Tsai Shao-yong (Pingyao International Film Festival curator), Zheng Bi-yun (manager of International Film Festival & Awards - Macao), Cynthia Chong (Deputy Director of Singapore Film Commission), Steve Solot (Executive Director of Brazil Film Commission), programmer of New York The Other Film Festival etc. The atmosphere was warm and lively.
Celest Hsiao-ching Ting (Culture Deputy Minister of Taiwan) arrived in Cannes and directly came to the event for encouragement
Celest Hsiao-ching Ting (Culture Deputy Minister of Taiwan) arrived in Cannes and directly came to the event for encouragement. She said that film and television investment is also a focus of the current Ministry of Culture’s efforts, and welcomed film professionals of different countries to come to Taiwan for collaboration. In addition, Chen Pin-chuan (Executive Director of Taiwan Film Institute), renowned executive producers David U Lee, Tang Zai-yang and Chen Huan-hua, producers Huang Guo-xien, Vincent Wang, Liu Jia-ming and George Young, as well as representatives of iQiyi also gathered to celebrate the launch of the investment programme.
Besides, later yesterday, the Korean film "The Spy Gone North" premiered in Cannes. The film was shot in several locations in Taipei including Chungshan Building, Fuyuan Street, Dalongdong, etc. At the end of the film, acknowledgements were given in length through logos and texts to "1 Production" in Taiwan, Taipei City Government, Taipei Culture Foundation, and Taipei Film Commission. The shooting of the film in Taipei City lasted for nearly three weeks, which relied on TFC’s assistance in coordinating with numerous entities for filming at these sites. The results of the film once again demonstrated the strength of TFC and Taiwanese film professionals in international film and television co-productions.