TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – "On Happiness Road," an animated film by Sung Hsin-yin (宋欣穎) was awarded three prizes at the 2018 Taipei Film Festival, including the Grand Prize, Best Animation and Audience Choice Award.
The film follows the life of Chi, who after growing up in Taiwan lives her dream by moving to the U.S. After the death of Chi's grandmother, the film showcases her nostalgia towards her childhood in Taiwan.
The Taipei Film Awards is the only competition focusing on Taiwanese filmmakers, and attracts participation from the full spectrum of Taiwan's styles and genres. The awards were judged by a panel of nine national and international film experts.
The awards began in 1988 and awarded prizes for 20 categories this year. The Grand Prize winner was given NT$1 million (US$32,750) in prize money.
"On Happiness Road" is Sung's directorial debut and also won the Grand Prize at the Tokyo Anime Award Festival 2018.
Jason Bechervaise from ScreenDaily said the animated film was "Compelling and beautifully told through its captivating animation."
The following awards were given at the 2018 Taipei Film Awards:
- Grand Prize: "On Happiness Road"
- Best Narrative Feature: "Dear EX"
- Best Documentary: "Our Youth in Taiwan"
- Best Short Film: "02-06"
- Best Animation: "On Happiness Road" and "Neon"
- Best Director: Hsia Ya-chuan
- Best Screenplay: "The Bold, The Corrupt and The Beautiful"
- Best Actor: Roy Chui
- Best Actress: Hsieh Ying-xuan
- Best Supporting Actor: Cheng Jen-shuo
- Best Supporting Actress: Vicky Chen
- Best New Talent: Utjung
- Award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution (Cinematography): Nagao Nakashima
- Award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution (Art Design): Hwang Wen-ying, Wang Chih-cheng
- Award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution (Music): Summer Lei, Chris Hou
- Award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution (Editing): Chen Chun-hong
- Press Award: "Dear Ex"
- Audience Choice Award: "On Happiness Road"
- Yang Shih-chi Outstanding Contribution Award: Chen Kuo-fu.