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Winners of 2017 Taipei Film Festival International New Talent Competition announced today


“The Wound” awarded Grand Prize as Special Jury Prize goes to “Mimosas”

Taiwanese contestant “The Great Buddha +” scoops Audience’s Choice Award


On 4th July, the Taipei Film Festival announce the winners of the International New Talent Competition after five days of intensive viewing and discussion between five jury members chaired by the renowned Turkish screenwriter and director Reha Erdem. The Wound directed by John Trengove from South Africa is awarded the Grand Prize and a cash prize of 600,000 New Taiwan Dollars while the Special Jury Prize and a cash prize of 300,000 New Taiwan Dollars go to Mimosas directed by Oliver Laxe from Spain. Moreover, one of the Taiwanese contestants, The Great Buddha +, wins the Audience’s Choice Award. The Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs at Taipei City Government Chung Yung-feng, the President of the Taipei Film Festival Mark Lee Ping-bing and the renowned director Hou Hsiao-hsien attend the award ceremony to show their support for all the nominees.


When John Trengove receives the trophy from Reha Erdem, Mark Lee Ping-bing and Hou Hsiao-hsien, he gets very emotional as he says, ‘This is such a fantastic film festival!’ He then expresses his gratitude for the courage that his cast and crew have demonstrated and their willingness to show their most private thoughts and feelings in the film. Moreover, Trengove praises the warmth and friendliness he has received during his visit to Taipei, and that has made a very deep impression on him. Explaining the reason for The Wound to be awarded the Grand Prize, the jury point out that the film intimately portrays the conflicts in the protagonists’ inner worlds while dealing with crucial issues such as traditional culture and homosexuality. Without falling into a didactic narrative, Trengove successfully raises several important issues, including the conflicts between traditions and changes, as well as between personal beliefs and collective consciousness.


Reha Erdem, John Trengove(the director of The Wound), Hou Hsiao-hsien and Mark Lee Ping-bing


The Special Jury Prize is handed to Felipe Lage Coro, the producer of Mimosas, by jury members João Pedro Rodrigues and Anocha Suwichakornpong. Through the outstanding cinematography, editing, sound design and casting, Mimosas pushes the film art to a higher level; with its rich images, the film leads the audiences to embark on a journey of exploring the art of cinema in the past and the present.


Felipe Lage Coro(the producer of Mimosas), João Pedro Rodrigues and Anocha Suwichakornpong


The Audience’s Choice Award goes to The Great Buddha +, one of the two Taiwanese nominees. When director Huang Hsin-yao receives the award from jury members Arvin Chen and Singing Chen, he happily thanks not only the jury but every audience who appreciates the film.

Huang Hsin-yao(the director of The Great Buddha + ), Arvin Chen and Singing Chen


In addition to the chair, Reha Erdem, there are four jury members, including Portuguese director João Pedro Rodrigues, Thai director Anocha Suwichakornpong and two Taiwanese directors, Arvin Chen and Singing Chen. Reha Erdem expresses that the issues raised in the twelve nominated films are highly diverse, and all of them have shown excellent production quality and thorough in-depth discussion on humanity and social issues, and that has made the viewing and judging process very enjoyable. 


all the nominees of the International New Talent Competition 

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