"Welcome Taiwan" is showcasing 14 Taiwanese animations at the annual Annecy International Animated Film Festival in France, which takes place from June 7 to June 12.
\nThe 40 year-old animation film festival is introducing animation films from Taiwan for the first time and the shorts will be screened at Bonlieu, at the festival venue.
\nThe program consists of works by young filmmakers from Taiwan's top animation schools. With various sources and materials, the new generation of animation makers express a refreshing creativity.
\nAmong the films in the program are: Mindscape (腦內風景) by Hsieh Pei-wen (謝珮雯), Two Sides (介) by Chiou Hsien-yuan (邱顯源) and Crossing Boundaries (越界) by Su Zhi-ming (蘇志明).
\nMindscape is a well-delivered film composed of paint-on-glass effects. The picture confuses reality and imagination. An 80-year-old grandfather is getting dull-witted. In reality he is taken care of by his wife and granddaughter, but in his imagination he is a five-year-old kid, happily talking to people in his illusion.
\nTwo Sides uses a combination of pencil on paper and 2D computer graphics. A man appears by the door of a factory looking for a job. A series of adventures starts when the iron door mysteriously opens by itself. There are strange machines which transform men into robots. Two Sides is an adventurous picture that comments on the standardization of the workplace.
\nCrossing Boundaries is mixed media: ink on paper and video. The picture intends to illustrate the rhythm and strokes of Chinese ink painting. Woven into the film are video images of a man doing meditation and the music of pounding drums by the Taipei Percussion Orchestra.
\n"These works can be seen as the new hope of Taiwan's
\nanimation industry," said Chen yi-ching (
PHOTO COURTESY OF CHINESE TAIPEI FILM ARCHIVE
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