Taiwan Film Festival is an Australian not-for-profit organisation that aims to celebrate Taiwan’s rich cultural heritage and talented film industry through cinema. Showcasing romance films to indie titles, the festival is a platform for the people in Australia to explore, discover and connect over Taiwan’s diverse cinematic works.
The Taiwanese film industry is rich and full of stories, demonstrating the island’s abundant cultural capacity. Iconic movies, including Zone Pro Site: The Moveable Feast and Man in Love represent Taiwan’s unique food culture through brilliant visual images. For this reason, this year’s festival, Flavours, aims to connect the sense of sight and that of taste, together offering Australian audiences a sample of the beauty of Taiwan.
Streaming on-demand from the 16th to the 30th of September, the festival program comprises of 13 feature films and 8 ingenious short films: included on the opening night is the award-winning romantic comedy My Missing Valentine; The Silent Forest; and Cannes Film Festival nominated Moneyboys.
This years Filmmaker In Focus will showcase the creative and comical Chen Yu-Hsuan. Director Chen’s debut feature Tropical Fish uses dark comedy to dissect society issues, while Love Go Go navigate romance and relationships among three dreamers in the city of Taipei. His 2020 feature, My Missing Valentine, received multiple prestigious awards, including Best Director at the Golden Horse Film Festival and Black Dragon Critics Award at the Udine Far East Film Festival.
If documentaries are more your style, The Tree Remember by Lau Kek-Huat traces back to his hometown in Malaysia through powerful archival footage and daunting interviews. Deriving from the proverb, “what the axe forgets, the tree remembers,” the film explores topics like colonisation, race, and identity.
The list of short films include After Death by 9 directors (FA Talents) from the Golden Horse Film Academy, Growing Pains by Lin Po-Yu, and Family Day by Leong Siew-Hong.
In a post-pandemic, covid-normal world, “watching a movie” has become a leisure activity enjoyed with the family from the comfort of your lounge, often supplemented with homemade food and snacks. This year, the festival will be launching the Live Opening Night Banquet! event on the 16th September; movie fans are encouraged to bring their best homemade cuisines and enjoy the celebration through a live-streamed conversation featuring a number of special guests.
Additionally, on the 23rd of September, the festival will host a panel discussion with Director Lau Kek Huat (The Tree Remembers) and Director Wei Yu-Chen (The Way Home: The Call of the Azanljan), to speak about their filming process, and the historical values of land and human rights.
“Due to the pandemic, the festival had to be postponed and cinema screenings cancelled. Instead, we will have online events […] for movie fans to interact in virtual engagements of the festival. We want to bring the communities together even in lockdown,” said Benson Wu, Festival Director.
Taiwan Film Festival in Australia is profoundly funded by City of Sydney and Spotlight Taiwan.
To find out more information, including the full festival program, please visit www.taiwanfilmfestival.org.au.