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Selected Participants Announced for 2017 Produire au Sud Taipei Workshop


Organized by the Bureau of Audiovisual and Music Industry Development, Ministry of Culture, with the support from Bureau Français de Taipei, and held by Taipei Film Festival and Festival des 3 Continents, the Produire au Sud Taipei Workshop announces its selected participants for the 2017 edition today.


Overall, the entries this year were of high quality. Guillaume Mainguet, the executive director of Produire au Sud Workshop particularly praised the diversity of their subjects, reflecting both their potential and imagination. The six selected proposals are The Blue Sun, a rhapsodic story about the pressure of entrance exams in Taiwan that mixes realism with virtual reality. The script was a recipient of a grant from the Ministry of Culture;Arterial, a science-fiction exploring a world in which blood is currency and with a script developed from a previous Kaohsiung Short of the same title; the magical-realist MUMU telling the fable of a woman’s love for a donkey; Lost and Found exploring a relationship between two senior citizens;Heavy Craving a dark story of obsession and weight loss; Le Songe depicting episodes of lonely souls in France.



 Le Songe, Director Chiang Hsiu-Chiung and Producer Alieen Li


The selected teams will receive professional one-on-one guidance from a panel of international industry experts, covering three stages of development focused on the participant’s proposals and scripts. Eighteen projects were submitted, with the final six decided jointly by Taipei Film Festival and Festival des 3 Continents.


The selected teams are composed of both experienced cineastes and emerging filmmakers. Chiang Hsiu-Chiung, winner of the Taipei Film Awards Grand Prize for Let the Wind Carry Me and Audience Choice Award for The Furthest End Awaits, teams up with Alieen Li. Li is an experienced Taiwanese producer whose international production experiences include Luc Besson’s Lucy and John Woo’s The Crossing, Young director, Yang-Yi Hu teams up with Patrick Mao Huang, an international producer, distributer and collaborator of Midi Z. Chen-Nien Ko, director of the recent TV showClose Your Eyes Before It's Dark and Lin Shih-Chieh, documentarist and experimental filmmaker both team up with Uilin Wang, producer and director of The Blackout Village, winner of Best Short Film the Taipei Film Festival in 2011. The other teams consist of Heavy Gravy director, Pei-Ju Hsieh, who was a participant of Berlinale Talents Script Station with the same project, who joins with producer Jing Wang, producer of Old Stone. Short film director Natasha Kang-Hsin Sung is working with Chin Chang, producer of The Receptionist, while French filmmaker Olivier Marceny teams with emerging Taiwanese producer Hung Sung-Ju.



The Blue Sun, Director Chen-Nien Ko and Producer Uilin Wang, and MUMU, Producer Patrick Mao Huang


Since its first program in 2015, Produire au Sud Taipei Workshop has attracted many active cineastes and emerging filmmakers, with the results already beginning to emerge. Among the participants of the first workshop, filmmaker Chen Hung-I and producer Wei Ying-Chuan completed The Last Painting in 2016, which originated from their proposal The Terrorizers in Love. The film was nominated in the official competition of the Big Screen Award at the 46th International Film Festival Rotterdam and selected as the opening film of Taipei Golden Horse Fantastic Film Festival this year. Emerging filmmaker Kek-Huat Lau, also a member of the first programwill participate in La Fabrique Cinéma at the Cannes Film Festival this year with his feature film project A Love of Boluomi. Rina Tsou, who also took part in the first workshop with her proposal Raining Roses, subsequently won project development funds from the Next Masters Support Program at the 2016 Talents Tokyo.


This year, Produire au Sud Taipei Workshop is divided into three stages. The first stage takes place from July 5 to 10, 2017, focusing primarily on participants’ film proposals and scripts. They will receive one-on-one professional guidance covering aspects such as production, distribution, and a series of courses on pitching technique. The second stage workshop will run from November 1 to 3, 2017, and the third stage from February 7 to 9, 2018, both focusing on the follow-up script development with the aim of greatly enhancing their potential for international co-production.


Complete list of selected teams of 2017 Produire au Sud Taipei Workshop (in alphabetic order of the proposals’ English titles):

Arterial (director: Olivier Marceny, producer: Hung Sung-Ju)

The Blue Sun (director: Chen-Nien Ko and Lin Shih-Chieh, producer: Uilin Wang)

Heavy Craving (director: Pei-Ju Hsieh, producer: Jing Wang)

MUMU (director: Yang-Yi Hu, producer: Patrick Mao Huang)

Le Songe (director: Chiang Hsiu-Chiung, producer: Alieen Li)

Lost and Found (director: Natasha Kang-Hsin Sung, producer: Chin Chang)


Nante’s Festival des 3 Continents has a thirty-year history discovering unique filmmaking talent from Asia, Latin-America and Africa, and bringing great films from the three continents into France. Filmmakers such as Hou Hsiao-hsien and Jia Zhangke have been introduced to Europe through the festival before achieving international distinction. Since 2000, the festival has been holding Produire au Sud Workshops (abbr. PAS) which aim to provide knowledge of international cooperation for young filmmakers from the three continents so they can develop more opportunities for international co-production. PAS has also successively cooperated with film festivals in Israel, Thailand, Venezuela and other countries for many years. It has received more than 150 proposals from various countries and its alumni includes Apichatpong Weerasethakul, winner of the Palme d'Or of Cannes Festival. Participants’ films have entered several prominent international festivals including Cannes, Locarno, and Sundance.



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