Taipei, July 1 (CNA) The Taipei Film Festival, now running in the city, features films from Taiwan and abroad, and offers moviegoers a diverse experience, said organizers.
A total of 170 films from 36 countries are being screened at the annual festival, held June 29-July 21, with 41 of them Swedish films, as this year's city in focus is Stockholm.
This year will also see young directors and new talents featured in 12 films competing for the grand prize and special jury prize in the International New Talent Competition, with total prize money of US$27,000, organizers said.
Among them is one of the festival's opening films, "GF*BF", by Taiwanese director Yang Ya-che, about the love and friendship between three youngsters who joined the student movements in Taiwan in the 1980s.
Also this year, five female directors have been nominated, the most ever, showing the increasing profile of women filmmakers throughout the world, noted organizers.
In addition, 40 Taiwanese feature films, documentaries, short films and animations will compete for the NT$1 million (US$33,540) top prize of the festival, now in its 14th year.
The festival will also celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Taiwan New Wave cinema movement by screening films from that period and holding a forum July 7-8 for Taiwanese filmmakers of different generations to discuss New Wave cinema topics.
The New Wave cinema movement is characterized by realistic and sympathetic portrayals of Taiwanese life, in contrast to the kung-fu action movies and melodramas of earlier decades.
One of the two closing films of the festival will be "In Our Time," a 1982 Taiwanese production believed to have ushered in the New Wave era.
The film depicts changes in Taiwanese society from the 1950s to the 1980s. It comprises four short segments directed separately by Chang Yi, Edward Yang, Ko Yi-cheng and Jim Tao.
(By Christie Chen)