To promote the development of the documentary industry in Taiwan, Culture Minister Lung Ying-tai announced on Sept. 26 several new measures that will take effect next year.
The new measures include ensuring separate funding for documentaries, the establishment of a producer system, changing the Taiwan International Documentary Festival from a biennial to an annual festival, and establishing permanent institutes to promote international exchanges.
The Ministry is seeking support for a five-year, NT$500-million documentary budget, Lung said, adding that the Ministry plans to draw up a budget of NT$38 million (US$ 1.29 million) next year to promote documentary production. The additional funding earmarked for fostering the development of the documentary industry will not affect the budget for the film industry, she noted.
Citing the documentary on the post-typhoon Morakot disaster reconstruction, “A Gift from The Sky – The Tragedy of Hsiaolin Village Part 2,” as an example, Lung said “The documentary is a powerful independent creation that coalesces the emotions.”
In order to promote the development of the documentary and film industries in the nation, the Ministry has continued to sponsor documentary production and has elevated the international visibility of local documentaries through increased participation in international film festivals.
The Ministry-sponsored documentary “A Gift from The Sky – The Tragedy of Hsiaolin Village Part 2” records the never-ending hardships experienced by the residents of the peaceful Hsiaolin Village, as well as their indomitable spirit, as they try to rebuild their lives after the village was destroyed by a disastrous mudslide caused by Typhoon Morakot.
A special screening of the documentary is scheduled for Oct. 3 at the Eslite Dunnan store in Taipei. For ticketing information please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone Ms. Chen at: 02-2375-8368 ext. #1418.
'A Gift from the Sky' / 《天上掉下來的禮物-小林滅村事件二部曲》