A film festival of wildlife documentaries opened to the public at the National Museum of Natural Science in Greater Taichung yesterday.
The Forestry Bureau, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Museum of Natural Science, Taiwan Public Television, the British Council in Taiwan and WildView Taiwan Nature Communication Society are sponsoring the -festival, which includes 28 wildlife films from around the world. It is hoped it will encourage the production of more home-grown nature documentaries.
Forestry Bureau director--general Lee Tao-sheng (李桃生) said the bureau had assisted in the making of several wildlife documentaries in Taiwan since 2007, and as of this year, it had given NT$30 million (US$1 million) to 28 films.
The Oriental Honey Buzzard of Ninety-nine Peaks (九 九蜂鷹), a film produced by the bureau, won the Best Animal Behavior Award at the Japanese Wildlife Film Festival last year and Fall in Love with Fireflies (戀戀火金姑) received an Outstanding Work Prize at the third National Publication Award, Lee said, adding that such achievements showed that the quality of wildlife documentary production in Taiwan was improving.
The bureau said this year’s Wild View Taiwan Film Festival includes selected films from the Wildscreen Festival — also known as “the Green Oscars.” The opening film, Luna, is about an abandoned two-year-old orca in a bay in British Columbia. It received the Best Script Award at the 2008 Wildscreen Festival.
All the 28 films are about wildlife exploration or the interaction of animals and human beings and will be played at the museum free of charge until Aug. 26, allowing the pubic to explore the wilderness through the film, Lee said.