In the animated domain, award-winning artist and professor Jack Shih (史明輝) puts forth his first 3D work The Solidary Pier (寂寞碼頭), which draws inspiration from Shih’s memory of his late grandfather, who was a fisherman and had gone missing during a fishing trip. The technically polished, 22 minute-long animation tells of a lone, old fisherman who is forced to take action when a giant shark and a strange woman put an end to his solitary life.
As most of the screenings are followed by question-and-answer sessions, audiences will have a chance to talk to the participating filmmakers about their works in person. Film professionals, including veteran director Arthur Chu (瞿友寧) and blockbuster filmmaker Jiu Ba-dao (九把刀), as well as independent film producer Li Ya-mei (李亞梅), will hold panel discussions and lectures during the 10-day event.
The combined festival runs until March 31, after which it will tour the rest of the country including Yunlin, Pingtung, Hualien and Kinmen until May 4. For more information, visit the event’s Web site at www.movieseeds.com.tw or its blog at blog.sina.com.tw/movieseeds.