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'Twelve Nights' director donates all film proceeds to animal groups

'Twelve Nights' director donates all film proceeds to animal groups

Taipei, May 20 (CNA) Bestselling author and film director Giddens Ko has kept his promise of donating all box office earnings from documentary "Twelve Nights" to animal rescue and care groups. The documentary, produced by Ko to raise awareness of how stray animals are treated, grossed over NT$60 million (US$1.99 million) at the local box office during its run from November last year through February. Proceeds of NT$20.91 million -- after deducting taxes and the share paid to cinemas -- have been given to animal protection groups, including Taipei-based Stray Cats TNR (Trap Neuter Return) Association. The film's production costs, around NT$6 million in total, were completely covered out-of-pocket by Ko, who took no part of the profits. In a press conference to announce the donation Monday, Ko said that his team started the project with a goal of making a film to make more people care about strays. "'Twelve Nights' has just created a focal point to bring together all the animal protection groups which already put a lot of attention on this issue," he said, adding that efforts to raise awareness and help animals "have to continue." The documentary records the lives of stray dogs at an animal shelter in Changhua County's Yuanlin Township. The title refers to the number of days the dogs have before they are euthanized if not adopted to make more space. In a blog post last October, Ko said he had originally estimated a budget of less than NT$1 million for the project, but later decided to invest more money because he wanted the film to be powerful enough to move the audience. In the post, he thanked everyone who purchased tickets for his directorial debut, the romantic comedy-drama "You Are the Apple of My Eye," based on his novel of the same name. He said the success of the film was what enabled him to fund "Twelve Nights." "You Are the Apple of My Eye" was the third highest-grossing film in Taiwan in 2011 and set a record as the highest-grossing Chinese-language film in Hong Kong to date. (By Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-04-21 02:01 GMT+08:00