The third edition of the California-based Taiwan Biennial Film Festival kicked off this week with the theatrical premiere of one of the year’s most successful Taiwanese films, leading the lineup of more than 20 feature films and shorts to date. ‘See you Friday.
Headlining the festival, director Yin Chen-hao (殷振豪) Man in love (當 男人 戀愛 時), which made its US debut at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood on Wednesday, in the presence of film critics, festival organizers and sponsors, and moviegoers.
The 10-day festival, with the theme “The Expanse of Life”, also presents feature and short films on the online platform Watchbeem, which sponsors the event.
At the premiere of Yin’s film, the director general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Bureau in Los Angeles, Louis Huang (黃敏 境), said that this year’s festival marks the first collaboration between his office and personalities from the American film industry.
“I hope to bring Taiwan to Hollywood, the cinema capital of the world,” Huang said. “I want American audiences to see the unique aesthetic of Taiwanese films and our culture.”
Nikki DePaola, former president of the Taiwanese United Fund, which sponsors the festival, said, “It’s more important than ever to have Taiwanese representation in mainstream American pop culture and American media.
“It’s a way for Taiwan to express itself – its individualism, its culture and its heritage,” she said.
Festival curator Douglas Montgomery said after the screening: “Taiwan can tell a very good story. “
“I think if you have a good story, people are captivated by it,” said Montgomery, managing director of media consultancy Global Connects and founder and executive producer of the Japan Connects Hollywood Film Festival.
The festival is organized by the Taiwan Academy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Bureau in partnership with the Taiwan Creative Content Agency. It is also supported by the Taipei Ministry of Culture.
Sponsors of the festival also include the Taiwan-American Foundation for Arts and Culture TUF.
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