The Bureau of Audiovisual and Music Development has announced a list of 10 mainland Chinese films that have been approved for Taiwanese screenings this year. “A Fool (一個勺子),” which won the Golden Horse Awards for Best New Director and Best Leading Actor last year, holds the first spot on the list.
“The Nightingale (夜鶯),” China’s submission to the 2015 Academy Award for the Best Foreign Language Film category, “Dearest (親愛的),” and “The Coffin in the Mountain (殯棺),” both of which were nominated for the 51st Golden Horse Awards last year, are also among the 10 films to be allowed commercial screening in Taiwan this year.
A lottery system determined the films and their screening order from the 36 Chinese films submitted to the Bureau this year, which increased by 3 submissions in comparison with last year’s 33. The film distributors and representatives all attended the public lottery drawing.
The Bureau consulted professional opinions and amended regulations for importing Chinese films to Taiwan. Under the new amendment, the films from China that qualify for the lottery drawing have to be “released or produced within the last two years” and that “renouncement has to be submitted by Aug. 31, 2015.”
Any of the top 10 films that have screening priority will be substituted by those behind them in numerical order if it fails to be approved or withdraws its application, said the Bureau. Distributors of the approved films need to apply for screening permits from the Bureau and complete screenings in Taiwan within a year of the permission taking effect.
The other films in the top 10 are — “The Ghouls (尋龍訣),” “Wrath of Vajra (金剛王：死亡救贖),” “The Door of Happiness (老海的新生活),” “Scarlet Heart 2 (新步步驚心),” “Somewhere Only We Know (有一個地方只有我們知道),” and “Meet Miss Anxiety (我的早更女友).”
Moreover, starting this year, new Chinese films will be allowed into Taiwanese cinemas if they have won awards at the Oscars, the Berlin, Cannes, and Venice film festivals, or at the Golden Horse Awards in the best feature film or best director categories.