Taiwan’s Golden Horse Film Project Promotion (FPP) has unveiled this year’s selection of 25 films chosen from a record 117 submissions.
The organization stated “these projects reflect the active and engaged state of Chinese-language film industry in all corners of the world, including: Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, UK, France, US, Australia, and New Zealand.”
Nine sponsoring companies offer post-production service awards and this year, a number of them will be increasing their awards to equal the symbolic amount of NT$500,000 (US$16,900) to celebrate the Golden Horse Film Festival’s 50th anniversary.
The FPP’s Grand Prize is a cash award of NT$1m (US$33,800). France’s Centre National du Cinéma (CNC) also offers the €10,000 CNC Award to support projects with high potential for international co-production.
The 2013 Golden Horse FPP runs Nov 19-21 with meetings and workshops. They will announce the winners of the various prizes on the last day’s closing ceremony.
This year’s line-up showcases projects from veterans and up-and-coming filmmakers alike.
Established directors include Cheng Wen-Tang, who won the 2002 Golden Horse Outstanding Taiwan Film of the Year and Venice Film Festival International Critics’ Week Award with Somewhere Over The Dreamland. Cheng is presenting Silence, a film that deals with Taiwan’s disenfranchised minorities.
“Fifth Generation” mainland China cinematographer/director Lu Yue is examining complex psychological states with tales about three average guys in The Shadow of the Ashes, while Malaysian director Dain Said (Bunohan) is giving popular 1970s Malaysian gangster Botak Chin a redux.
This year’s selection includes seven first features such as You Are The Apple Of My Eye associate director Liao Ming-Yi’s Blue Neck Ring, about a struggle against schoolyard bullying. Second-time directors include Hong Kong screenwriter/director Heiward Mak with Happily Ever After, about an older woman and a younger man’s realistic journey toward marriage.
(title/country/director/producer) ★marks first features; family names are all in block letters
11:11 (China) Yan Yan MAK, Jacqueline LIU
Schizo★ (Taiwan) John HSU, Maxx TSAI
Love Me Well (Taiwan) SHIH Li, Hyper Cheng & SHIH Li
Dirty Kiss★ (Hong Kong, China) Jie LIU-FALIN, HUANG CanCan & NAI An
My Teenage Dream (China) HAO Jie, YANG Cheng
On Happiness Road★ (Taiwan) SUNG Hsin-Yin, YEH Ju-Feng & Sylvia FENG & Tien-haw PENG
Surviving Hai (Taiwan) CHUANG Ching-Shen, MA Tien-Tsung & WANG Li-Wen
Figo Tango (Taiwan) LEE Chi Yuarn, CHIEN Li-Fen
Happily Ever After (Hong Kong) Heiward MAK, Heiward MAK
UP2040★ (Taiwan) CHANG 43, WU Mi-Sen
How Kim Sun Nan Saved My Life! (Malaysia/China/Korea) KIM Tai Sik & Namewee (aka Wee Meng Chee), Fred CHONG
Written Future (Hong Kong) Gilitte Pik-Chi LEUNG, Gilitte Pik-Chi LEUNG
Botak Chin (Malaysia) Dain SAID, Nandita SOLOMON & Dominique HEE
Making Family (Korea) CHO Jinmo, SHIN Seungsik
Hermaphroditism (Taiwan) LIAO Shih-Han, Aileen LI
I Just Need You★ (China) KANG Liang, ZHAO Yu
Silence (Taiwan) CHENG Wen-Tang, CHENG Wen-Tang & James LIU
Statute Of Limitations (Hong Kong) Clement CHENG, Jacqueline LIU
Black Card (Taiwan) CHEN Hung-I, Y.C. WEI
3688 (Singapore) Royston TAN, LAI Wei-jie
The Shadow Of The Ashes (China) LU Yue, YUAN Mei
Touch Of Reality (Taiwan) KAO Pin-Chuan, Benjamin LIN
Blue Neck Ring★ (Taiwan) LIAO Ming-Yi, Tony YANG
The Mind Reader (China) HO Wi-Ding, WU Sisi
Uzala Love Song★ (China) MA Nan, WANG Li-xue