Co-organized by Taiwan Creative Content Agency (TAICCA) and Switzerland's Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF), a series of four live-streamed roundtables will be held from July 3 to 8, to introduce Taiwan's rich cultural background and strengths in video creation to the international audiences.
The online forums include "The Landscape of Genre Cinema in Taiwan," "Immersive Storytelling: The Buzzing Hub of Taiwan," “Showcasing SAUVAGE EXTENDED: Part 1, Taiwanese XR at NIFFF,” and "Literature of the Imaginary in Taiwan." Filmmakers John Hsu (徐漢強), Huang Hsin-chien (黃心健), Su Bo-Wei (蘇柏維) and two major figures in Taiwan’s fantasy literature Wu Ming-yi (吳明益) and Chi Ta-wei (紀大偉) are invited as speakers, they will dive into Taiwan’s genre filmmaking and emphasize Taiwan’s advantages in future content development and journey of fantastic storytelling.
TAICCA chief executive officer Lee Ming-che (李明哲) pointed out that Taiwanese works are often included in the NIFFF lineup each year and with the Taiwan theme selected this year, it shows that Taiwanese genre films have stood out at international film festivals. “We are delighted to see how NIFFF highlights the strengths and unique qualities of Taiwanese content, which reflects in the diverse productions selected in the lineup this year.” Lee added.
NIFFF, dedicated to fantastic movies, will open its 20th edition from July 2nd to 10th and will spotlight Taiwanese content with “FORMOSA FANTASTICA,” a total of 16 productions showcasing the landscape of Taiwanese genre films from "feature films," to “animated shorts”, “series”, and "immersive content" to present the appearance of Taiwan modern movies.
In the Feature Films category, “As We Like It (揭大歡喜),” “Get the Hell Out (逃出立法院),” “My Missing Valentine (消失的情人節),” “The Scoundrels (狂徒),” and “The Tag-Along (紅衣小女孩)” will transcend the audience into the worlds of zombie comedy, sci-fi romance, dystopia, and more. For Animations Shorts, The Weather Is Lovely (多雲時情), Wander in the Dark (缺乏名字的場所), Daisy (雛菊), As Usual (一如往常), Long Land (長島), Where Am I Going? (當一個人) bring Taiwan’s rich culture to life.