Awarding Ceremony of the 10th Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival - Taipei Film Commission
Co-organized by Taipei City’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Taipei Film Commission (TFC), the 10th Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival held its awarding ceremony at Red House in Ximending on the 12th evening. The night was kicked off by a powerful tap dance performance in celebration of the festival’s 10th anniversary. In attendance were TIDF Programme Director Wood Lin, Political Deputy Minister of Culture Joseph Chen, Bureau of Audiovisual and Music Industry Development Director Chang Chung-ren and Deputy Director Zhuo Hong-tao, Taiwan Film Institute Vice Director Teling Chen, Commissioner of Taipei City’s Department of Cultural Affairs Dr. Pei-ni Beatrice Hsieh, and local and international documentary filmmakers.
Guests at the awarding ceremony include (from left) TIDF Programme Director Wood Lin, Commissioner of Department of Cultural Affairs Dr. Pei-ni Beatrice Hsieh and Taiwan Film Institute Vice Director Teling Chen.
Since TIDF moved to Taipei in 2014, the former biennial documentary film festival has been taking place annually, featuring “re-encounter reality” as its core philosophy along with the “International Competition,” “Asian Vision Competition,” “Taiwanese Competition,” “Chinese Documentary Prize,” “Author’s POV Award,” “Next Generation Award,” and the “Audience Award.” As one of the most significant documentary festivals in Asia, the 10th TIDF has renewed its record with more than 1500 submissions from 117 regions this year, while its improvement in the box-office and the organization of activities has also received positive feedback.
Audience Award winner, director Kuo Liang-yin (left) of Wansei Painter - Tetsuomi Tateishi and award presenter Political Deputy Minister of Culture, Mr. Joseph Chen.
The jury of Next Generation Award consisted of by 19 teenagers.
TIDF Programme Director Wood Lin wondered that, “had I the chance to watch documentaries when I was young, I would have gained more insights on the world and my life could have been different.” He pointed out that a consistent cultural policy is the most decisive factor for TIDF’s programming, and thanked his co-workers and the volunteers for their contribution despite the existing limitations: “You can’t imagine the difficulties they had to overcome.” Meanwhile, Political Deputy Minister of Culture Joseph Chen highlighted that documentaries carry the traces of each democratic country’s political development. He hoped that through documentaries, the world could see Taiwan.
The most unique submission of the 10th TIDF is the “Anonymous” director’s Remote Control. Even though Remote Control won the Author’s POV Award under the jury’s common consent, the director decided not to attend the ceremony like those Iranian people who were “absent” in the film. The director rather expressed in an open letter that remaining anonymous is a way to remind everyone of Truth, which should not be manipulated by politicians. “Anonymous” could be powerful but at the same time vulnerable.
Much anticipated was the Taiwanese Competition, in which the Grand Prize went to director Huang Ya-li of Le Moulin. Le Moulin was highly-praised by the jury for the film reconstructed the first surrealist poetry society in Taiwan, Le Moulin, while re-defining documentaries’ possibilities of presenting reality, which is in itself the spirit of Le Moulin. The Merit Prize was awarded to director Midi Z, who is a frequent winner at film festivals. This time, his award-winning Jade Miners was regarded as the Asian version of Blood Diamond.
Last was the Grand Prize of International Competition, which was awarded to renowned Norwegian documentary director Aslaug Holm, whose Brothers recorded the 8 years of her two sons’ coming-of-age with a humorous and delicate depiction on the transition of time and parent-child relationship. The film therefore won the jury’s recognition over many competitors.
Winner of the Grand Prize of International Competition, director Aslaug Holm of Brothers, award presenter Kim Dong-won (left) and Abbas Fahdel (right).
Jury and winners of the 10th Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival.
A special screening session of the award-winning films was organized at Shin Kong Cineplex and SPOT Huashan on May 15th to offer documentary-lovers a last chance to see the works. (Article/ Catherine Huang; Photography/ May Wen; Video/ Ho Chun-mu)
Winners of the 10th TIDF