Taipei Film Festival accepting submissions for international contest

01/16/2021 06:01 PM
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The 12 films selected in the festival
The 12 films selected in the festival's international competition in 2020. Image courtesy of the Taipei Film Festival

Taipei, Jan. 16 (CNA) The Taipei Film Festival 2021 began accepting submissions Friday for its Taipei Film Awards and International New Talent Competition, the annual event's organizer said.

The International New Talent Competition is open to the debut or second features of filmmakers around the world, while the Taipei Film Awards focus on works directed by Taiwanese nationals or residents and qualify as domestically made under the rules set by the Ministry of Culture, according to the Taipei Culture Foundation.

Winners of the international competition and the Taipei Film Awards will receive a prize of NT$600,000 (US$21,415) and NT$1 million, respectively.

There will also be a Special Jury Prize that comes with a NT$300,000 prize in the international competition.

The deadline for submissions for the international competition is April 1. About 10-12 films will be selected and announced as this year's nominees on May 14, with the awards ceremony to be held on June 29, according to the organizer.

Last year's winner of the international competition was "This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection" directed by Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese of Lesotho.

The film, which tells the story of a widow who faces forced resettlement, was the first film ever chosen by Lesotho to compete in the best international feature film category at the Academy Awards when it was submitted for the 2021 Oscars, the organizer said.

Apart from the competitions, the festival, now in its 23rd year, will show a series of Taiwanese and foreign films from June 24 to July 10.

(By Wang Hsin-yu and Kay Liu) enditem/ls

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