2020 Taipei Film Academy American Film Showcase Online Forum - Taipei Film Commission
*Contents and speakers of the event might be adjusted in response to the status of the COVID-19 situation.
I. Event Description
This year, Taipei Film Academy, cooperating with America in Taiwan and American Film Showcase funded by U.S. Department of State, launches a documentary program for the first time. Taiwanese documentary films are often theme- or social issue-driven where American documentary filmmakers focus on creating a compelling story that engages audiences and successfully draws them into new worlds. In American Film Showcase Online Forum, Emmy Award-winning producer Andrea Meditch, whose production credits include Werner Herzog’s “Grizzly Man,” the Oscar-winning “Man on Wire,” and most recently "Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops", will share her industry experience, encouraging filmmakers to find the heart of the story in documentaries in this online forum. This online forum will be open to filmmakers, university students, and people interested in the documentary and film industry in Taiwan.
A. Supervised by: Taipei City Government
B. Hosted by: Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei Culture Foundation
C. Organized by: Taipei Film Commission
III. Forum Date
September 22nd, 2020 (Tue.) 21:00 – 22:30 (GMT+8)
A. Qualification: The forum will be open to filmmakers, university students, and people interested in the topics.
B. Application Date: From Aug 17th (Mon.) to Sep 20th (Sun.), 2020 until full.
C. Please fill in the application form: Link
D. Forum link will be sent by e-mail on Sep 21st, 2020 (Mon.)
*The forum will be presented live via ZoomforGov, in domain of U.S. Department of State, attendees are required to install the software but do not need to register. Any changes will be notified by e-mail.
V. Course content and schedule
Finding the heart of the story in documentary film
Q&A with Andrea Meditch
Producer/ Founder and President of Back Allie Entertainment
Andrea is an Emmy award-winning producer and the founder and president of Back Allie Entertainment. In addition to her work as a creative producer, she regularly lectures and conducts half-day to three day workshops and master classes on story development, creative producing, pitch training, the basics of international financing and distribution strategies for emerging filmmakers around the world. Her films have won Oscars and Emmys along with numerous festival awards. Last year she released Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops on HBO. Previously, she won an Emmy for Dangerous Acts, executive-produced the Oscar-winning Man On Wire, Oscar-nominated Encounters at the End of the World, and short-listed BUCK. She also EP’d or produced Grizzly Man, In the Shadow of the Moon, The Killer Within, Doubletime, The Flight That Fought Back, The Sensitives and The Cage Fighter, among others. Before starting her own company, Andrea held executive and creative positions at Discovery and National Geographic for more than fifteen years, including building the first Discovery Films. She also created a model for a new center for creative non-fiction storytelling at Michigan State University. Andrea is a mentor and advisor for the Sundance Producer Labs, as well as the American Film Showcase, Points North non-fiction storyteller retreats and the Hot Docs Forum. Andrea holds a PhD in Linguistic Anthropology with a concentration in media and a BS degree in communications from Northwestern University.
VII. Course Summary
Finding the heart of the story in documentary film
Taiwanese documentary films are often theme- or social issue-driven, while American documentary film makers focus on creating a compelling story that engages audiences and successfully draws them into new worlds. Emmy Award-winning producer Andrea Meditch, whose production credits include Werner Herzog’s “Grizzly Man,” the Oscar-winning “Man on Wire,” and most recently "Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops" will share her industry experience, encouraging filmmakers to find the heart of the story in documentaries in this online forum.
VIII. Other Information
A. Any applicant that submits and apply to this forum also agrees that the Commission gather and process his/her/their personal information according to law.
B. All participants must comply with the regulations of the Commission, applicants who violate the regulations will be disqualified.
C. If work and classes are suspended in case of force majeure such as natural disasters and typhoons, announced by Taipei City Government during the forum, the courses of the day will be postponed or canceled, and the participants will be informed depends on the situation.
D. In the event that changes are made to application policies or other aspects of the forum, the official website of Taipei Film Commission prevails other sources of information. The Commission reserves the right to make changes to and interpret this charter and the forum, and evaluate applicants.
E. If controversies over the application or interpretation of the charter should occur the situation shall be settled according to legal regulations of Republic of China. The applicant agrees that any litigation arising from this forum shall be subjected to the jurisdiction of Taipei District Court in the first instance.
F. The entire audiovisual content of this lecture is copyrighted, and unauthorized capture is prohibited.
You may raise your queries via email or by calling the Commission during office hours.
International Department: 02-2709-3880＃109, Mr. Peng