During the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak, many scheduled screenings were forced to postpone or cancel. Although the titles incorporated in Taiwan Cinema Toolkit (TCT) were only acquired with non-profit physical screening rights from the local distributors, TCT still took a step further to initiate the possibility of the films to go online in order to flexibly response to the pandemic and continue seizing the chances for promoting Taiwanese films to overseas audience. Below are two major streaming collaboration TCT would like to share with you all:
Asian Pop-up Cinema (APUC), founded in 2015 by a Chicago-based non-profit organization “SOPHIA’S CHOICE”, is the first event TCT authorized to stream our titles after the pandemic outbreak. APUC is a semi-annual film festival that runs every spring and fall, showcasing a variety of Asian films. The festival also devotes to connect Asian Film industry with local Chicago film professionals, educators and students in hope to foster audience’s appreciation for diverse Asian culture. There were two award-winning Taiwanese films Detention and We Are Champions originally scheduled for Season 10 Spring screenings, yet later introduced in “Mini-Focus: Taiwan Cinema Online”, the online initiative APUC presented between June 5 to 12 due to the pandemic.
With TCT’s recommendation and support, APUC presented director Sylvia CHANG's Murmur of the Hearts and 2 shorts Wild Tides and Towards the Sun directed by the rising young talents LU Po-shun and WANG Yi-Ling. Greeting video by actor Lawrence KO from Murmur of the Hearts and the handwritten note-cards by the above-mentioned talents of the shorts were timely published via APUC’s social media platform to boost attendance. The films were received well by the US audience with a total number of 646 views. Further than the online streaming, APUC continues offering alternative for its screening events, such as drive-in theater, so stay tuned if you are interested!
TCT is honorable to play a role in the first large-scale program “Cities on Film: Taipei” which the Taiwan Film and Audiovisual Institute (TFAI) collaborates with the Korean Film Archive (KOFA) after the signing of The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two organizations in 2019. “Cities on Film” is a long existing program curated by the KOFA Cinematheque since 2015, which put together a series of films on a number of major cities in the world. After New York, Hong Kong, Paris and Tokyo, the “Cities on Film” focuses on Taipei this year. In the program, Taipei is divided into three periods, including “Taipei in Classics” (1960s-1970s), “Taipei in Transition” (1980s- mid 90s) and “Taipei in Love”(late 1990s-2010s). The 17 films chosen for this program spanning many decades and genres, tell the stories of Taipei and explore both directly and indirectly, the historical, geographical, and psychological richness of this city and the intimate impact they have on its inhabitants.
“Cities on Film: Taipei” screening exhibition went online from June 16 to 29 on KOFA’s self-owned VOD platform “KMDB”. Among the full lineup, TCT supported the 2K restored Taiwanese-language melodrama The Husband’s Secret and suspense Six Suspects, both directed by LIN Tuan-Chiu. Moreover, two screen adaptations of Chiung Yao’s romances that star Brigitte Lin, Moon Fascinating, Bird Sweet (Dir.CHEN Yao-Chi) and The Wild Goose on the Wing (Dir. LIU Li-Li) are also from TCT’s selection.
KOFA’s insightful curation and promotional efforts made this online exhibition a great success, the viewership has exceeded the expectations. Hundreds of new users were attracted to created a KMDb account just to watch “Cities on Film: Taipei”. Blue Gate Crossing, in particular, is the most popular amongst all films, followed by Au Revoir Taipei and Missing Johnny (The film is also incorporated in 2020TCT lineup). The Husband's Secret with 553 views ranked the top among the four titles that TCT supported.
KOFA Cinematheque also schedules the physical screening of “Cities on Film: Taipei” exhibition, however due to the current pandemic spikes in Korea, the event date is yet to be confirmed. For more updates, please visit https://eng.koreafilm.or.kr/cinematheque/screenings