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Taiwanese wins best female director award at CinemAsia Film Festival

2019/03/12 19:32:05

Image taken from Turning 18's Facebook page

Brussels, March 12 (CNA) Taiwanese Ho Chao-ti (賀照緹) has won the best female director award at the CinemAsia Film Festival 2019 in Amsterdam, the Taipei Representative Office in the Netherlands said Monday.

Ho won from a field of eight nominees with her coming-of-age documentary "Turning 18" (未來無恙), which follows the story of two indigenous teenage girls and touches on issues of sexual abuse, LGBTQ rights, and poverty in rural areas of Taiwan, the office said.

The CinemAsia's Youth Jury Award for Best Female Director was introduced this year in commemoration of the centennial of women's suffrage in the Netherlands, according to the film festival's organizers.

"In the past few years, several major festivals have been striving to achieve gender parity either in their juries or selections," the organizers said.

"CinemAsia has always supported the works of female filmmakers, and it is timely for our 12th edition to celebrate their essential stories and achievements," they said.

The CinemAsia Film Festival, one of the leading annual Asian film events in Europe, was held in Amsterdam from March 5-10.

Six Taiwanese films were screened at festival, namely "Turning 18", "Dear EX" (誰先愛上他), "Long Time no Sea" (只有大海知道), "Cities of Last Things" (幸福城巿), "Secrets in the Hot Spring" (切小金家的旅館), and "Father" (紅盒子).

(By Tang Pei-chun and Ko Lin)