A film festival jointly launched by film schools in Taiwan and China is set to begin on Monday in Taipei, aiming to boost film education and exchanges between the two sides.
The festival, now in its fourth year, is set to showcase 28 feature films, documentaries and animations made by students, teachers and alumni connected to Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA), the Beijing Film Academy and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA).
Wang Tung (王童), chairman of the School of Film and New Media at TNUA, said he hopes students from Taiwan and China can better understand and learn from each other through the film festival.
He also expressed hope that film schools in both countries increase their interactions and that young directors from the two sides cooperate more on film productions in the future. The festival will open with a romantic comedy — The Soul of Bread (愛的麵包魂) — about a Taiwanese woman being pursued simultaneously by the apprentice at her father’s bakery and a French Taiwanese celebrity chef.
The film was directed by TNUA graduates Sean Kao (高炳權) and Lin Chun-yang (林君陽).
Also among the films to be showcased is a Taiwanese 3D short film about the encounters between a Chinese and Japanese pilot during World War II, and Being, an award-winning film by the HKAPA about love and loss.
Forums and speeches will also be held during the festival, which runs until June 23 at TNUA. The three schools host the annual festival on a rotating basis.