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Taiwan establishes national film center

Taiwan establishes national film center

Taipei, July 28 (CNA) The Taiwan Film Institute was officially established Monday as a national film center aimed at preserving and promoting local cinema. Transformed from the Chinese Taipei Film Archive, the institute will be tasked with preservation and restoration, education, promotion, market expansion and industry research on films, according to the Ministry of Culture. Culture Minister Lung Ying-tai explained that these tasks have been divided among various other organizations and offices.
Integrating everything together under the Taiwan Film Institute will help normalize events like the biennial Taiwan International Documentary Festival, which did not have a regular organizer before now, Lung said. "This will be a new milestone," she said, adding that making the institute responsible for the festival will allow it to accumulate experience and pass it on. The institute will also be better funded. Annual budgets for the Chinese Taipei Film Archive were between NT$30 million (US$1 million) and NT$40 million, but the Taiwan Film Institute has a budget of NT$170 million this year, allowing the ministry to be more effective in its film-related mission, according to Lung. Film education is an important focus, and her ministry and the Ministry of Education are mulling the possibility of offering film appreciation courses in elementary and junior high schools, she said. The institute will also include a digital restoration center tasked with restoring five to 10 classic Taiwanese films each year, the ministry said. Since 2013, the Culture Ministry has allocated NT$23 million per year to restoring old films, it added. On display at the Taiwan Film Institute will be rare movie stills, posters and manuscripts, according to the ministry. Veteran Taiwanese directors Hou Hsiao-hsien and Wang Hsiao-ti, producer Lee Lieh, and film critic Wen Tien-hsiang are among the first board members of the institute. Hou said he hopes film education will be a priority for the institute because exposure to different films and books during his childhood was what shaped him as a filmmaker. New Taipei Mayor Eric Liluan Chu said he hopes the institute, which will be located in his city, will help boost the development of Taiwan's film industry. The office will be in a 2.6-hectare New Taipei "cinema park." Construction of the park is scheduled to be completed in 2017, according to the New Taipei City Information Department. From 2008 to 2012, Taiwan's film production value saw an annual increase of NT$2 billion, or a compound growth rate of around 12 percent, according to the Ministry of Culture. There were 446 film production companies in Taiwan in 2012, up from 235 in 2009, it said. (By Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-05-10 01:49 GMT+08:00