Titled "Formosa Fantastica (奇幻福爾摩沙)," the 20th edition of Switzerland's Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) festival will showcase feature-length films, short films, immersive installation works, and forums in separate periods to introduce Taiwan's colorful and diverse visual artworks, from July 2 to 10.
According to the Centre Culturel de Taïwan à Paris, the most prominent aspect of NIFFF is its innovation. The films featured at the festival are categorized into fantasy, Asian, and digital. Emphasis will be placed on the aesthetic forward-looking experimental vision of film art, the new elements and trends of Asian film creation and application, and the fusion and application of the latest digital technologies such as virtual reality and extended reality for creating visual art.
The organizer of NIFFF praised Taiwan's emerging directors for thinking out of the box and boldly creating their own film style. He also commends Taiwan's advancement in immersive digital works such as virtual reality and extended reality, including the wide range of subject matters explored during their production.
Held physically and virtually, the forum titled "Science Fiction and Magic Realism in Taiwanese Literature," which is sponsored by TAICCA, will invite two of Taiwan's most iconic fantasy and sci-fi writers Wu Ming-yi (吳明益) and Chi Ta-wei (紀大偉) to explore Taiwan’s fantasy and sci-fi literary scene, and allowing the audience to interact with the director, critic and writer in fostering cultural exchange.
The Centre Culturel de Taïwan à Paris will also plan a Taiwanese contemporary concert in conjunction with the film festival, inviting outstanding musicians such as Yang Yi-ping (楊怡萍), Wu Hsin-hsuan (巫欣璇), and Chen Yi-hsuan (陳儀亘) to perform at the opening ceremony.