Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Taiwan Creative Content Agency (TAICCA) will participate at the Festival International du Film d'Animation d'Annecy and Bologna Children's Book Fair via the virtual Taiwan Pavilion(線上台灣館) from June 15 through 18.
Through the virtual Taiwan Pavilion, themed "Rollin' on with Taiwan Animation," TAICCA aims to assist businesspeople in participating at the Marché du Film, and cooperate with the festival in organizing "Partner Pitches (臺灣專場)" in hope of increasing Taiwan’s media partnership opportunities. TAICCA is also committed to cross-domain integration, book-to-animation adaptation, as well as inviting music creators.
This year’s virtual Taiwan Pavilion supports 22 companies, 16 individual directors, and three publishers, bringing a total of 58 works to the online market. TAICCA will also feature Taiwanese artists, and collaborate with Taiwan’s Animation and Visual Effects Association to promote this year’s lineup with ten short animations.
Highlights of this year’s lineup include "Little Hilly (山川壯麗)," which was in the running for this year’s Oscars nominations, "Pigsy Express (未來宅急便)," a sci-fi interpretation of the classical novel "Journey to the West," in addition to "Brave Animated Series (勇者動畫系列)" and "City of Lost Things (廢棄之城)," among others.
The Taiwan Pavilion themed around "To Live is To Create" invites well-known illustrator and designer Croter Hung (洪添賢), who has inspired many content creators through his depiction of Taiwan’s daily lifestyle, to design the key visual. The virtual pavilion will display 298 publications recommended by 64 publishers through the open-call co-organized by TAICCA and the Taipei Book Fair Foundation in hope of highlighting the development of Taiwan's published content in relation to visuals, aesthetics, design and art.
TAICCA CEO Lee Ming-che (李明哲) pointed out that not only will TAICCA promote Taiwan's illustration and publishing industries to the world, but will also encourage cross-industry collaboration.