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Film festival to showcase works of female directors

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA 

Taiwan's only film festival devoted exclusively to showcasing the work of women directors will pay tribute to successful female artists this year, according to organizers.

The 2006 Women Make Waves (WMW) Film Festival will show 200 films representing 33 countries from Oct. 13 to Oct. 27 at Shin Kong Cineplex, Taipei, the Taiwan Women's Film Association (TWFA) said.

"The film festival this year is a salute to all hard-working and successful female artists in every art orm, because the event looks at itself as a movement-like film festival with a social responsibility," curator Huang Tsui-hua (黃翠華) said.

All films have been categorized into different themes, with "Women and the Arts" as the focus of the two-week event, she said.

Distinguished writers Virginia Woolf, Marguerite Duras and actress Audrey Hepburn will be honored and remembered in a tribute entitled "Portraits of Outstanding Female Artists."

The other main theme of the festival -- "The Vitality of Hybrid Cinema" -- focuses on presenting interdisciplinary experimental short films by female directors from Europe, America and Asia.

Also to be screened are short animated works and films on gender-related issues and the underprivileged. Collections of outstanding international and Taiwan-ese films will be shown as well.

As a film festival that always pays attention to avant-garde work, it is no surprise that this year's opening film, Angel Cycle, is an experimental one. It was directed by two Greek women and composed of four short films, Huang said.

The WMW film festival, established in 1993 by director Huang Yu-shan, is the first women's film festival in Asia and the only one of its kind in the country.

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