A delegation spearheaded by the Taiwan Film Institute garnered more exposure and distribution opportunities for Taiwan-made films at the 39th American Film Market that ran from Oct. 31 through Nov. 7 at Santa Monica, California.
With representatives from four Taiwanese film companies, the Taiwan Cinema delegation placed special emphasis on promoting five new releases — "Karma (玩命貼圖)," about malicious intent spreading through messenger apps; schoolhouse murder flick "The Blue Choker (藍色項圈)"; "Long Time No Sea (只有大海知道)," which is based on the culture and plight of the Tao people on Taiwan's Orchid Island; cancer-themed feminist film "Breast and House (乳．房)"; and "The Great Buddha + (大佛普拉斯)," Taiwan's foreign-language submission for the 2019 Academy Awards.
The Taiwan Film Institute also published a comprehensive booklet offering English information and contact details for 35 feature films, 21 documentaries, 14 shorts, 2 animations, and 11 digitally restored classics from Taiwan. The booklet also contains 80 film proposals that seek funding or production partners.
Taiwan Film Institute (TFI) is a foundation set up by the Ministry of Culture in 2014. It was upgraded from the Chinese Taipei Film Archive (CTFA), which had thirty-four years of history. TFI now shoulders the important tasks of domestic film restoration and education as well as the worldwide promotion of Taiwan cinema and documentaries. Among its recently restored titles are King Hu's "Dragon Inn" (1967) and "A Touch of Zen" (1970).
The Taiwan Cinema stand at Room 506 of Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel was made possible with support from the Ministry of Culture and the Bureau of Audiovisual and Music Industry Development.