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Local documentary film festival welcomes international directors

Local documentary film festival welcomes international directors

Taiwan International Documentary Festival welcomes documentary filmmakers from around the world to visit the biennial event, exchange ideas about filmmaking, and submit their latest creations for competition, festival curator, Jane H.C. Yu, said yesterday.
"We want to break the impression in Taiwan that the content of documentaries is always serious. Documentary directors shoot their documentaries about natural disasters, but they also present the pleasure and enjoyment of life. The festival provides local audiences a great chance to enjoy the diversity of Taiwan and international documentaries," Yu said at yesterday's press conference held in Taipei.
According to Yu, works that are submitted to compete in the festival must have been completed after July 1, 2006. All films submited to the festival have to be Asian premiers, she said, adding that there is no official theme set for the international festival this year. Yu said she hopes the festival can recruit 100 international documentaries to join the competition.
Directors competing at the festival will have the opportunity to win several awards, the highest being a prize of up to US$10,000. The submitting deadline ends on July 10.
Platform for exchange
The curator said that as the biennial festival aims to introduce more new international documentary films to the local audience to broaden their outlook, the festival also serves as a platform for local and international filmmakers to engage in talks and exchanges about films and the filmmaking process.
Yu noted that since the festival was launched in 1998, it has gradually attracted attention from international documentary directors over the years.
"Last time we moved the festival venue from Taipei to Taichung's National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. At first we were worried that the audience would not show up, but to our surprise, the audience streamed into the museum in large numbers. More than 1,000 people joined the open-air screenings," she said, adding that she has confidence that an even larger audience will participate at this year's festival.
Museum director, Ava Hsueh, said at yesterday's press conference that the museum was heading toward a new level since the holding of the festival at the venue in 2006. "Through the festival, local and international directors get to know each other better, and more people will focus their attention on the problems exposed in the documentaries," said Hsueh.
The festival will be held at the museum from October 31 to November 9.


Updated : 2021-04-20 07:56 GMT+08:00