Taiwan Cinema takes a big step forward on the international film stage. Taipei Film Commission (TFC) on Jan.15 announced it will jointly launch a film project with the Cannes Film Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight and have the project premiere in Cannes on May 16 this year.
Under the “Taipei Factory” project, four Taiwanese directors will be paired and collaborate with their counterparts from four different countries. Each team will write, shoot and edit a 15-minute film. The four local directors Chang Jung-chi, Shen Ko-shang, Singing Chen and Midi Zhao will be paired with Alireza Khatami from Iran, Luis Cifuentes from Chile, Jero Yun from South Korea and Joana Preiss from France, respectively.
After working tirelessly for six months, TFC is proud to announce the joint project with the Cannes Film Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight on “Taipei Factory.” The two parties have mutually selected the eight young directors. Each Taiwanese director is paired with an international director and they will work together from Feb.25 to March 15 in Taipei for the project. The four short films will make its world debut at the opening of the Director’s Fortnight section of the Cannes Film Festival.
“Taipei Factory” marks the first time Taiwan Cinema takes a more aggressive approach in participating international film festivals. Before, Taiwanese directors submit their works to the Directors’ Fortnight, and wait for the result. By working with the Directors’ Fortnight on the initiative, Taipei City and Taiwan Cinema will be a lot of visible on the world stage.
The Directors’ Fortnight, created in 1968 by the French Directors Guild, has nourished a great number of world-class filmmakers, including George Lucas, Michael Haneke, Spike Lee, Sophia Coppola, Martin Scorsese, to name just a few. Hou Hsiao-hsien’s Daughter of the Nile, Ang Lee’s Eat Drink Man Woman, Chang Tso-chi’s Darkness and Light were selected into the Director’s Fortnight. After Hou, Lee and Chang, the last 10 years only saw two Taiwanese features chosen into the section. They are Ho Wi-ding’s Summer Afternoon (2008) and Yee Chih-yen’s Blue Gate Crossing (2002).
TFC has been dedicated to promoting Taiwan Cinema to the international community since its establishment in 2008. Through the different cultural background and life experiences of the directors, TFC hopes to bring new sensations to audiences and increase Taiwanese filmmakers’ exposure on the international stage. TFC also hopes the upcoming collaboration between Taiwanese and international directors will broaden the international perspectives of the young directors, and deepen the bilateral exchanges between the Taiwanese and European film sectors. (Written/Chun-mu Ho)
Visit the official webpage of the Directors’ Fortnight for more information http://www.quinzaine-realisateurs.com/la-quinzaine-des-realisateurs-invite-la-taipei-factory-p334.html