The occasion, organized by the Taiwan Artistic Content material Company (TAICCA), secured a powerful variety of native and worldwide sponsors for the 30 pitching awards, together with Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan Cellular, Far EasTone and France’s Heart Nationwide du cinéma et de l’picture animée (CNC). The full value exceeded NT$6 million or nearly US$200,000. Homme Tsai, Chairman of TAICCA, opened the night, saying that the help for this 12 months’s TCCF was unprecedented: “The company has been actively working with South Korea, France, Japan and the three main telecommunications firms in Taiwan. Our purpose is to offer creators with extra funding whereas searching for further worldwide collaboration alternatives.”
The highest prize, the $30,000 TAICCA X CNC Award, went to the documentary After the snow melts. The Taiwanese-Japanese co-production is a heartfelt tribute from director Lo Yi-Shan to her finest good friend Chu, who died throughout a trek by Nepal. The director emphasised that there are usually not many alternatives for documentary pitches in Taiwan and was grateful to the group for organizing a documentary session for the primary time. “The truth that TCCF focuses particularly on documentary submissions is a crucial encouragement.” Nonetheless, the largest shock of the night got here proper on the finish of the ceremony, when the group introduced that because of the top quality of the initiatives, they’d award a second TAICCA X CNC Award this 12 months. The second winner, the Philippine function movie Mom Possibly, is a fantasy drama that mixes Philippine folklore with the common message of discovering your individual household and your home on the planet. Producer Arden Rod Condez, visibly overwhelmed, confessed that “we by no means anticipated this. It is our first movie market and my first time in Taiwan, however I am very pleased that this story resonates with many individuals. It’s extremely private, but additionally a bit loopy.” The challenge additionally acquired the Taichung Motion Award and the MPA Grand Award that night.
One other featured challenge on this 12 months’s TCCF PITCHING is the collection Virgin of vengeance. Directed by David Chuang, winner of the 2022 Golden Bell Award for Finest Director (Hazard zone), this revenge thriller follows the downfall of a TV host after her intercourse tape is leaked on-line. Now that she’s a vigilante, she vows to take down the platform behind the leaked movies. Virgin of vengeance acquired the Chunghwa Telecom Award, together with a money prize NT$600,000, and the Sequence Mania Award, which implies the challenge will take part in Sequence Mania 2024. Taiwan-Hong Kong Movie Starvation for need was one of many different high earners of the night. The supernatural drama, co-produced by Taiwan’s Flash Ahead Leisure, acquired the MIFFEST Award, the Selection of Deep Waters Award and the Taipei Worldwide Movie Award.
This 12 months, TCCF PITCHING opened itself as much as worldwide initiatives for the primary time. The 53 chosen initiatives, out of 539 entries, had been offered in 5 completely different periods: Mission to Display screen, divided into function movies, collection, animation and documentary, and Story to Display screen, for Taiwanese IPs with excessive potential for adaptation. Curator and producer Lorna Tee, one of many resolution makers of the awards, mentioned: “I’m fairly overwhelmed with pleasure on the high quality of the initiatives pitched at this 12 months’s TCCF. This platform allows filmmakers to suppose and have significant conversations about their initiatives, and discover co-production companions. The extra international locations concerned within the growth of a movie, the simpler it’ll attain a wider viewers.”
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