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Taipei Film Festival unveil the Jury of International New Talent Competition today


The International New Talent Competition at the Taipei Film Festival is the only international competition in Taiwan aimed at discovering new directors. The nominated films this year come from Europe, Asia and Africa, demonstrating the thriving creative energy around the world. The jury this year will be chaired by the well-known Turkish director Reha Erdem, the Best Director of last year’s Locarno International Film Festival João Pedro Rodrigues from Portugal, Rotterdam Hivos Tiger Award winner Anocha Suwichakornpong from Thailand and two Taiwanese directors, Singing Chen and Arvin Chen. Five juries will decide the winners of the Grand Prize and the Special Jury Prize, which will be announced at the award ceremony held on 4th July.


Reha Erdem, the chair of the International New Talent Competition jury, is praised as the Turkish director whose works have been selected to Venice, Berlinale and Tokyo Film Festival. The poetic narrative and rhythm in his films always leave a deep impression on the audiences. His latest work, Big Big World, won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival Horizontal Awards, and it will be screened at the 2017 Taipei Film Festival.


Chair of the International New Talent Competition jury, Reha Erdem


O Fantasma, the debut feature from João Pedro Rodrigues was nominated for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 2000. He was featured as the “Filmmaker in Focus” in 2015 Taipei Film Festival. His films are known for his exploration of human desire in various aspects, and through his involvement in feature as well as experimental filmmaking, Rodrigues has demonstrated the richness of cinema. His latest feature, The Ornithologist, won him Best Director at the 2016 Locarno International Film Festival, and the film is included in the programme of the upcoming Taipei Film Festival.


João Pedro Rodrigues


The thesis film, Graceland, from Thailand director Anocha Suwichakornpong was the first Thai short film selected for the Cannes Film Festival. Her first feature, Mundane History, won the Hivos Tiger Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and the NETPAC Award at the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival in 2010. Her second feature, By the Time It Gets Dark, received Best Film (New Talent Award) at the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival.


Anocha Suwichakornpong


Two young Taiwanese directors, Singing Chen and Arvin Chen, sit on the jury of the International New Talent Competition this year. Singing Chen has been making features as well as documentaries since her career in film began. Her first feature, Bundled, won Best Narrative Feature and Best New Director at the 2000 Taipei Film Awards. In 2007, her God Man Dog was selected for the Berlinale Forum and won three nominations at the Taipei Golden Horse Awards. In 2014, The Walkers, a documentary that took Chen ten years to finish, was nominated for Best Documentary at the Taipei Golden Horse Awards and in competition at the Taiwan International Documentary Festival. The experiences Chen has accumulated over the years are expected to bring a unique view on film aesthetics into the judging process. Arvin Chen’s graduation film, Mei, won the Silver Bear Short Film Award at the Berlinale in 2007. Au Revoir Taipei, Chen’s debut feature produced by Wim Winders won the Asian Film Award at the 2010 Berlinale. His 2013 film, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?, was selected for the Berlinale Panorama section.



Singing Chen & Arvin Chen


The International New Talent Competition is Taiwan’s only international competition for new directors and is open to international filmmakers with their first or second feature. The nominated films will be screened from June 29 to July 15 at Taipei’s Zhongshan Hall, Shin Kong Cinemas, and SPOT Huashan Cinema. For more information, please visit the Taipei Film Festival’s official website and Facebook fan page

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