5th Trending Taiwan film competition winners revealed

Grand prize goes to film that features different forms of maternal love in Taiwan

Grand prize winner "What Mother looks like." (潮台灣Trending Taiwan screenshot)

Grand prize winner "What Mother looks like." (潮台灣Trending Taiwan screenshot)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A film depicting the ordinary lives of mothers in Taiwan has won the grand prize of the 2019 Trending Taiwan Short Film Competition (全民潮臺灣短片徵件競賽) organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

Titled “What Mother looks like” (媽媽的樣子), the film genuinely illustrates how moms of three different ethnicities living on the island — Hakka Han, Amis, and Vietnamese — love their children in their own ways. The work, which strikes a chord in people’s hearts, was favored by judges unanimously and took home NT$200,000 (US$6,500).

The film competition provides a channel for promoting Taiwan’s soft power by telling local stories, said Henry Chen (陳銘政), director-general of MOFA’s Department of International Information Services. People of all nationalities dwelling on the island are invited to learn about the dynamics of Taiwan and its cultures by watching the clips, he added at the award presentation ceremony on Wednesday (Nov. 6).

Henry Chen presents the award to grand prize winner Tseng Kuo-an (曾國安).

The contest received 115 entries from participants of Taiwanese, French, Belgian, Spanish, Russian, Paraguayan, Honduran, Indian, Philippine, and Chinese origin. The three-minute submissions featured subjects ranging from Taitung County tourist attraction Chiaming Lake, an old theater in Tainan, temples, and embroidery masters.

Foreign subtitles will be added to selected winning works, which are available on the “Trending Taiwan” YouTube channel. The channel has thus far released more than 1,000 films and garnered 84 million views, according to MOFA.