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Taipei Film Festival announces Call for Entry for International New Talent Competition




Taipei Film Festival announces Call for Entry for its International New Talent Competition (hereafter INTC) today. INTC is open to international filmmakers with their first or second features. The minimum length should be 70 minutes and should be premiered after March 25, 2016. The deadline for submission is March 24, 2017. Guidelines and application form can be found here. 


The International New Talent Competition is the major international film competition in Taiwan. Around 10 to 12 films are selected annually to compete for the Grand Prize, Special Jury Prize and Audience Choice Award. The winner of the Grand Prize receives a TWD 600,000 (approx. USD 18,000) cash prize. The Special Jury Prize winner will get a TWD 300,000 (approx. USD 9,000) cash prize. Five jury members consisting of film directors, producers, film critics and festival programmers from the international film industry decide on the prize winners. The Audience Choice Award will be voted for by the audiences.


The German/Mongolian film Don’t Look at Me That Way by Uisenma Borchu won the Grand Prize in 2016. The film was praised by director Tran Anh Hung, head of the Jury for its vitality, its audacity and its mysterious beauty. The Special Jury Prize was given to teen pregnancy drama Keeper by Belgian director Guillaume Senez. The Taiwanese aboriginal children’s film Lokah Laqi! (Hang in There, Kids!) received the Audience Choice Award before going on to represent Taiwan as its Best Foreign Language Oscar submission. 


The 19th Taipei Film Festival will be held from June 29 to July 15, 2017.


▲All the winners and jury members of 2016 International New Talent Competition

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