Six of the twenty directors from 10+10 hold the iconic red bear sign of Berlin International Film Festival and pledged to walk the red carpet together in Berlin. From left: director, Ho Wi-ding, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Kevin Chu, Arvin Chen, Chang Tso-chi andWang Shaudi.
Funded by the Golden Horse Film Festival and the Republic of China Centenary Foundation, 10+10, a movie comprised of 20 short films by 10 renowned and 10 emerging Taiwanese filmmakers and considered the most unlikely project, is set to be released in eight theaters in Taipei, Taichung, and Kaohsiung on Dec. 16. The exciting news spread quickly before its official release. The executive board of Golden Film Festival has announced in a press conference that 10+10 is selected by the Panorama Program of the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival (BIFF)– an unprecedented opportunity to display the collective talent of Taiwan filmmakers to the world in February next year. Six of the twenty acclaimed directors who came to the press conference held at Taipei Spot on Dec. 8, Hou Hsiao Hsien, Kevin Chu, Wang Shaudi, Chang Tso-chi, Ho Wi-ding and Arvin Chen, revealed their determination to walk the red carpet of BIFF with the other filmmakers together to demonstrate the pride of Taiwan to the world!
The executive director of Golden Horse Film Festival and senior film critic Wen Tien-hsiang recalled that the audience clapped 41 times at the end of the 10+10 after its premiere at the the Golden Horse Film Festival on Nov 4. The crowd’s enthusiastic reaction astonished the twenty directors emotionally. Following the festivity, the programmers of BIFF who were invited to watch 10+10 in Taiwan were very impressed by the style of the film that it had presented and immediately the agreement was made that it be screened at the Panorama Program in BIFF. As a matter of fact, most films and applications submitted to BIFF were directed by an individual filmmaker. In the 61 years history of BIFF, there was only one film, which was done by five directors. It would be the first time a film like 10+10, which was done by twenty directors to enter BIFF. Although the board of Golden Horse is still finding sponsors for the twenty directors and their trip, it would sure try to get everyone on the plane.
Kevin Chu (center) jokes that 10+10 has made his dream come true by entering both Golden Horse Film Festival and BIFF as director. (Left: Hou Hsiao-hsien and right: Arvin Chen)
Kevin Chu said that two of his dreams in life were going to Golden Horse Film Festival and BIFF as a film director - 10+10 has made them both come true. He urged the twenty filmmakers to walk the red carpet together at the BIFF and unite the honor for Taiwan. He also revealed that the project was also very interesting because each director was subtly competing against each other under the table and trying to make a better short film than the others discreetly. No one really knew what the others were doing until the film was fully presented at the opening of Golden Horse Film Festival. In the press conference, he implored the government to increase the subsidies for films that entered international film festival and support their glorious plan in BIFF.
Wang Shaudi commented that 10+10 is a wonderful “films” as the audiences get to see twenty different styles within one exhilarating viewing experience. Ten years ago, the young promising Malaysian director who decided to come to Taiwan and made his name from his directorial debut, Pinoy Sunday, Ho Wi-ding revealed that it was unbelievable to even think about the possibility of going to BIFF with one of his most respected film directors, Mr. Hou Hsiao-hsien ten years after. “It is definitely a dreams come true other than receiving the Golden Horse Awards,” he said. Along with the other young promising directors, Arvin Chen remembered that he was very moved by the audience. He felt blessed and honored to be part of this project.
Hou Hsiao Hsien affirmed that 10+10 would blow people’s mind with its immeasurable creativity of Taiwan filmmakers. Although Taiwan films are doing well this year, he reminded everyone again that the domestic population of Taiwan is innately inadequate to support the entire film industry. He suggested the government to adapt the film practices in France, amend The Motion Picture Act and set regulations on film rights to protect the legitimate allowance for each image use from their creators. Only then, can Taiwan society create a positive film environment with healthy business cycle.
Six directors share their production details of 10+10 with the reporters.
In addition to the six directors who attended the press conference of 10+10, the other 14 directors who participated in the film included: Wang Tung, Wu Nien-jen, Shen
Ko-shang, Hou Chi-jan, Sylvia Chang, Chen Yu-Hsun, Chen Kuo-fu, Yang Ya-che, Cheng Wen-tang, Cheng Yu-chieh, Hsiao Ya-chuan, Leon Dai, Chung Mong-hong and Wei Te-sheng. The budget for each short film was $950,000 NTD handed by the Golden Horse committee. 10+10 is an unprecedented collective work of twenty short films directed by Taiwan filmmakers, with each segment running five minutes long. Among the twenty directors, Chang Tso-chi had spent an additional $8 million NTD on his own in order to recreate the exquisite scenes of the Battle of Guningtou in 1949, which became the center of attention. Chang Tso-chi responded that he would do anything to make a good film regardless of the cost, especially with this irreplaceable opportunity. (Written/Hermia Lin, Photograph/Darwinnis Lo, Video/Whisky)