Taipei, May 3 (CNA) Taiwan will continue to expand and promote its filmmaking industry, following a strong performance by a number of Taiwanese movies in 2011, Premier Sean Chen said Thursday.
Chen said related government agencies should take advantage of the Chinese-speaking market and the Economic Framework Cooperation Agreement (ECFA) between Taiwan and China, which has expanded the presence of Taiwanese films in China.
The premier's remarks came at a weekly Cabinet meeting, during which Government Information Office (GIO) officials gave a briefing on the progress of a four-year project to boost Taiwan's filmmaking industry.
According to the GIO report, the number of people who went to local cinemas to watch Taiwan-produced films was around 6 million in 2011, more than three times the number for the year before.
Four of the 36 locally made films shown in Taiwan last year grossed a box office record of more than NT$100 million (US$3.42 million) each, it added.
Those well-received movies included "Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale," Taiwan's first epic film, and the romantic comedy "You Are the Apple of My Eye," which has also become the highest-grossing Chinese-language movie in Hong Kong, the report said.
Meanwhile, the report pointed out that since the signing of the ECFA in 2010, five Taiwanese films have made it to the Chinese market, posting a total box office of NT$500 million.
Under the project to develop the local filmmaking industry, the GIO has been subsidizing selected film projects and promoting Taiwanese films on the international stage.
(By Elaine Hou)