Registration for the 2016 Taipei Film Awards Begins
Registration for the 2016 Taipei Film Awards Begins - Taipei Film Commission
Submission to the 2016 Taipei Film Awards begins on January 14. As one of the two competition categories at Taipei Film Festival, Taipei Film Awards have three features. Firstly, it has the Grand Prize, which offers the highest prize in Taiwanese cinema. Secondly, the Grand Prize is open to films in narrative feature, documentary, short film, and animation categories. Thirdly, the Awards are designed exclusively for Taiwanese filmmakers, and the directors of the competing films are required to have citizenship or resident certificate of the Republic of China. Registration closes on March 17. For application forms, please visit the official website of Taipei Film Festival. The nominees will be announced in mid-May.
The Taipei Film Awards are designed exclusively for Taiwanese filmmakers. Because Taipei Film Festival is held from late June to early July, many world premieres of new Taiwanese films are held at the Festival as the start of promotional campaigns. With the media exposure at the awards ceremony, many winners of Taipei Film Awards have gained more momentum and gone on to win other awards internationally. For instance, after winning the Grand Prize, Thanatos, Drunk became popular throughout the rest of the year, showing the advantage the Taipei Film Awards can bring to a film.
Thanatos, Drunk was the winner of last year’s Grand Prize at the Taipei Film Awards.
Another advantage at the Taipei Film Awards is the emphasis placed on emerging filmmakers. The recently famous director Cheng Wei-hao is one example. After his short film The Death of a Security Guard won a Taipei Film Award, his feature debut The Tag-Along became a box office hit, which did the Festival proud. Furthermore, the documentary genre once dominated the Grand Prize category for five consecutive years. A focus of each year’s awards is weather a documentary wins the prize over a narrative feature. Although the documentary streak was stopped by Thanatos, Drunk last year, we look forward to the showdown at this year’s ceremony.
For films being submitted to the Awards, the director of the films must have citizenship or resident certificate of the Republic of China, and the films must be completed or publicly screened after March 26, 2015. For further information regarding the awards submission, please visit the official website of Taipei Film Festival or call 886-2-2528-9580 ext. 160 or email at email@example.com. (Text & Image/ Taipei Film Festival)