Alliance slams ministry over anti-nuclear festival

By Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter

Sat, Nov 30, 2013 - Page 3

The Green Citizens’ Action Alliance yesterday accused the Ministry of Culture of giving it a hard time for playing anti-nuclear films at a festival by suddenly asking it to acquire screening permission licenses and pay an entertainment tax.

A total of 19 films were slated to be screened during the ten-day film festival that began last Friday.

However, alliance secretary-general Tsuei Su-hsin (崔愫欣) yesterday said the ministry had suddenly informed the alliance that the festival was screening films without a proper license, and that it would have to acquire a license for each film, complete with the directors’ signature, to continue screening the films.

According to the alliance, if small-scale film festivals are not held in movie theaters, they are considered educational or test screening events, and do not have to acquire screening licenses.

The NT$600,000 festival, paid for entirely by donations, has also now been asked to pay a 2.5 percent entertainment tax, the alliance said.

Ministry official Pan Shun-yun (潘舜昀) said licenses are required for all kinds of film festivals.

Additional reporting by Lign Mei-hsueh