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B movies in Kaohsiung

A popular annual festival offers wacky films that entertain while tackling social issues

By Ho Yi  /  Staff reporter

To Huang, the short film competition not only reflects the festival’s unusual taste but offers an international platform for young filmmakers to exchange ideas and be inspired.

“Most government subsidies go to feature-length movies, but I think short filmmaking should be supported because it breaks boundaries and encourages creativity and imagination,” the festival director says. “Many of our international judges have observed that filmmakers in Taiwan tend to cling to realism when they make short films. But that is not the strong point of the short cinema. It excels in being free.”

Apart from film screenings, the festival hosts a wealth of activities including lectures by Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda and contemporary artist Takashi Murakami, whose debut feature Jellyfish Eyes will be screened at the showcase. Another featured filmmaker and musician Lim Giong (林強) is set to hold a show tomorrow at Kaohsiung’s Pier 2 Arts Center (高雄駁二藝術特區). For more information, visit the festival’s Chinese and English Web site at

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