Taiwan’s Golden Horse Fest Reveals Project Lineup

Twenty-five film proposals from across Asia will participate in workshops and compete for 10 prizes offering cash and production services.

Taiwan’s Golden Horse Film Project Promotion (FPP) has revealed this year’s lineup of 25 films selected from a record 117 submissions. The directors of the projects will be given the opportunity to participate in meetings and workshops during the upcoming Golden Horse Film Festival in Taipei in November.

The organizers said in a statement that the chosen projects “reflect the active and engaged state of Chinese-language film industry in all corners of the world, including: Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, U.K., France, U.S., Australia, and New Zealand.”

The projects selected to take part in the program include films from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Korea, and Singapore, however. 

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The participating projects will compete for nine post-production services prizes, the €10,000 CNC Award (for projects with strong international co-production potential), and the FPP’s overall Grand Prize of $33,800 (1 million Taiwanese dollars). 

The lineup’s most familiar names to the international festival circuit include Cheng Wen-Tang, whose Somewhere Over the Dreamland won the Venice Film Festival International Critics’ Week Award and Golden Horse Outstanding Taiwan Film of the Year award in 2002. Cheng is bringing Silence, a project that “deals with Taiwan’s disenfranchised minorities.” Chinese cinematographer turned director Lu Yue – winner of various awards for 1998’s Shanghai Triad, and special Jury Prize winner at the Tokyo fest in 2006 for Thirteen Princess Trees – will present The Shadow of the Ashes, “a study of complex psychological states.”

The Golden Horse FPP runs Nov. 19-21 in Taipei. The Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival spans Nov. 8-28. This year is the event’s 50th anniversary. Oscar winner Ang Lee will lead the festival's main competition jury. 

See below for the full lineup:

11:11 (China) Yan Yan Mak, Jacqueline Liu
Schizo (Taiwan) John Hsu, Maxx Tsai
Love Me Well (Taiwan) Shih Li, Hyper Cheng  and Shih Li
Dirty Kiss (Hong Kong, China) Jie Liu-Falin, Huang CanCan and Nai An
My Teenage Dream (China) Hao Jie, Yang Cheng
On Happiness Road (Taiwan) Sung Hsin-Yin, Yeh Ju-Feng, Sylvia Feng and Tien-haw Peng
Surviving Hai (Taiwan) Chuang Ching-Shen, Ma Tien-Tsung and Wang Li-Wen
Figo Tango (Taiwan) Lee Chi Yuarn, Chien Li-Fen
Happily Ever After (Hong Kong) Heiward Mak, Heiward Mak
UP2040 (Taiwan) Chang 43, Wu Mi-Sen
How Kim Sun Nan Saved My Life! (Malaysia/China/Korea) Kim Tai Sik and Namewee, Fred Chong
Written Future (Hong Kong) Gilitte Pik-Chi Leung, Gilitte Pik-Chi Leung
Botak Chin (Malaysia) Dain Said, Nandita Solomon and Dominique Hee
Making Family (Korea) Cho Jinmo, Shin Seungsik
Hermaphroditism (Taiwan) Liao Shih-Han, Aileen Li
I Just Need You (China) Kang Liang, Zhao Yu
Silence (Taiwan) Cheng Wen-Tang, Cheng Wen-Tang and James Liu
Statute of Limitations (Hong Kong) Clement Cheng, Jacqueline Liu
Black Card (Taiwan) Chen Hung-I, Y.C. Wei
3688 (Singapore) Royston Tan, Lai Wei-jie
The Shadow of the Ashes (China) Lu Yue, Yuan Mei
Touch of Reality (Taiwan) Kao Pin-Chuan, Benjamin Lin
Blue Neck Ring (Taiwan) Liao Ming-Yi, Tony Yang
The Mind Reader (China) Ho Wi-Ding, Wu Sisi
Uzala Love Song (China) Ma Nan, Wang Li-xue