The Taiwanese delegation to the upcoming Hong Kong International Film And TV Market (FILMART) gave a preview of the films and TV dramas they plan to showcase at a March 17 press conference.
FILMART is a major channel for introducing Taiwanese films to the international community. The Bureau of Music and Audiovisual Industry Development (BAMID) organizes an annual delegation comprising Taiwanese film and TV production companies to showcase their works under the collective Taiwan Pavilion.
This year, 44 film production studios and 22 TV production studios form the delegation to Hong Kong. BAMID Director Chang Chong-jen (張崇仁) said he hopes all the delegates can work together to promote Taiwan's audiovisual productions at the March 23-26 trade fair.
The 39th Hong Kong International Film Festival is set to open concurrently with FILMART on March 23. The festival will open with "Murmur of the Hearts (念念),” the latest directorial work from Taiwanese filmmaker-producer Sylvia Chang (張艾嘉), and 13 other films that she has directed or starred in will also be screened as a tribute to her achievements.
Other Taiwan-made films included in the festival program are: Chang Tso-chi's (張作驥) "Thanatos, Drunk (醉．生夢死),” Wan Jen's (萬仁) "It Takes Two to Tango (車拼),” Tsai Ming-liang's (蔡明亮) "Rebels of the Neon God (青少年哪吒),” Chen Yung-chi's (陳永錤) "Jump Off Or Live On (跳下去‧活下來),” and "Beautiful 2015 (美好2015),” a collection of short films made by four directors.
Rounding up the Taiwanese selection at the film festival are three new documentaries - one biopic on pop music composer Chou Lan-ping (周藍萍), another on Taiwan's 2014 student-led Sunflower Movement, and one on the Golden Horse Awards' 50th anniversary.
Moreover, Taiwanese director Yu Sen-i's (俞聖儀) project for a feature titled "My Beauty Queen Mom (台北夢幻媽媽)” has been entered into the HAF (Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum) and is nominated for the HAF/Fox International Chinese Film Development Award.
As the world's second largest audiovisual trade market, the FILMART brings together international producers, investors, distributors, and other professionals every year and successfully provides a platform for international cooperation in investment, distribution, production, digital entertainment, and technical know-how. Several sideline events, including forums, conferences, and world/Asia premieres, will also take place during the fair.