A total of 65 Taiwan audiovisual and post-production companies will participate in the 2019 Hong Kong International Film & TV Market (FILMART) running from March 18 through 21 to promote various audiovisual products ― including films, TV series, animations, visual effects, and virtual reality productions ― from Taiwan.
The delegation is organized by the Bureau of Audiovisual and Music Industry Development (BAMID), Taiwan's top audiovisual agency that will also set up a Taiwan Film Pavilion and a Taiwan TV Pavilion at HK FILMART for the visiting companies to exhibit their products and meet with potential customers.
The Bureau will also hold an opening ceremony at 2pm on the fair's opening day and invite global industry leaders to meet and trade with Taiwanese participants in the hope of introducing Taiwan's diversified audiovisual content, rich innovation, and cultural values to more overseas markets.
BAMID Director Hsu Yi-chun (徐宜君) noted that this year's delegation will bring works on a wide range of social issues that reflect contemporary Taiwanese concerns, including those faced by senior and teen age groups. A drama series focusing on politics is among the many first-time Taiwan-made entries to HK FILMART as well, she added.
Hsu also expressed her excitement over the growing number of young Taiwanese professionals joining the audiovisual industry in recent years, and how many of Taiwan's latest cinematic and television releases are produced with the aim of attracting an international audience.
HK FILMART is held in conjunction with the Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF), a matchmaking platform for Asian filmmakers with new film projects seeking funds and collaborators, and the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF).
This year, many Taiwanese films and projects have been invited to join HAF and HKIFF as well. For instance, "Life’s a Struggle (宋岳庭傳)" by director Tom Lin (林書宇), "LOMA – Our Home (LOMA—我們的家)" by documentary maker Huang Hui-chen (黃惠偵), and "Hello! Tapir (嗨! 神獸)" by director Kethsvin Chee (池家慶) have been chosen as official projects of HAF 2019.
Their directors will be meeting with film financiers and producers during the three-day forum to seek opportunities for advancing their projects to the next stage.
HKIFF has also selected five Taiwan films, including "Your Face (你的臉)" by auteur Tsai Ming-liang (蔡明亮), restored classic "The Valiant Ones (忠烈圖)" by the late King Hu (胡金銓), and animated movie "Where Am I Going (當一個人)," for screening from March 18 through April 1.