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Young film directors’ collaborations to be shown at the Cannes Film Festival

Staff writer, with CNA

The Taipei Film Commission and the Cannes Film Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight will jointly launch a film project this year that will pair young Taiwanese directors with their counterparts from other countries and encourage them to produce films together.

Under the “Taipei Factory” project, four young directors from Iran, Chile, South Korea and France will visit Taiwan between Feb. 25 and March 15, and each of them will collaborate with a Taiwanese director to write, shoot and edit a 15-minute film, the commission said.

The four short films will be showcased on May 16 at the opening of the Directors’ Fortnight section of the Cannes Film Festival, commission officials said, adding that the participants will also get an opportunity to interact with film industry professionals from around the world.

The officials said that the commission hopes the different cultural background and life experiences of the directors will bring new sensations to audiences and increase Taiwanese filmmakers’ exposure on the international stage.

The commission also hopes the collaboration will broaden the international perspectives of the young directors and “deepen the exchanges between the Taiwanese and European film sectors,” the officials added.

According to the commission, Taiwanese directors Chang Rong-ji (張榮吉), Shen Ko-shang (沈可尚), Singing Chen (陳芯宜) and Burmese director Midi Z (趙德胤) will be paired with Alireza Khatami from Iran, Luis Cifuentes from Chile, Jero Yun from South Korea and Joanna Preiss from France respectively.

The Directors’ Fortnight, created in 1969 by the French Directors’ Guild, showcases shorts and feature films and documentaries from around the world.

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