Taiwanese films have received worldwide acclaim during the pandemic period, with best feature film by director Chen Yu-hsun (陳玉勳) "My Missing Valentine (消失的情人節)" at the 57th Golden Horse Awards winning Crystal Mulberry Award (Gelso di Cristallo) and Black Dragon Award at Italy’s 23rd Far East Film Festival (FEFF). Chosen out of 46 films from 11 countries, "My Missing Valentine" became the only film to win two awards at the same time. Culture Minister Lee Yung-te congratulated director Chen Yu-hsun upon receiving the news.
Unlike last year, this year's FEFF that took place between June 24 and July 2 used a combination of physical and online means to screen a total of 46 films from 11 Asian countries, of which five Taiwanese films premiered in Europe. These include "My Missing Valentine" which won five awards at the Golden Horse Awards last year; "Man in Love (當男人戀愛時)" which was shortlisted for seven awards at this year’s Taipei Film Festival; "GATAO - The Last Stray (角頭－浪流連)" ; Golden Horse Awards winner "Dear Tenant (親愛的房客),"; and restored 1972 film "Execution in Autumn (秋決)."
MOC stated that in the future, it will continue to support the screening of Taiwanese films in Italy, promote collaboration between Taiwan and Europe’s film and television industries, and push programs that cultivate film production in order to accelerate the promotion of Taiwan's high-quality film and television creators and works on the world stage.
Far East Film Festival is an annual film festival held in Udine, Italy. It is one of the most important events promoting Asian Cinema in Europe, focusing mainly on films from East Asia.
For more information on the 23rd Far East Film Festival, please visit the official webpage.