Film | National Film Center
- Chinese Title:「國家電影中心」
- Location: Xinzhuang District, New Taipei
- To Be Completed By: 2017
To establish films as a unique calling card for Taiwan and its cultural wealth, the Ministry of Culture launched the nation’s first-ever National Film Center on July 28, 2014.
The functions of the National Film Center will first be handled by the existing Chinese Taipei Film Archive (國家電影資料館), an agency responsible for collecting, restoring, preserving, and researching on films made in the Republic of China (Taiwan).
The physical infrastructure of the Center will be completed in New Taipei’s Xinzhuang District before the end of 2017. Upon completion, the Center will include a 2.6-hectare Cinema Park containing theaters, performance venues, a film library, and a digital restoration center.
The establishment of a National Film Center will not only help to promote Taiwan’s films and moviemakers, but also consolidate the nation’s resources in perpetuating the industry’s success, including the cultivation of new personnel to help boost the quality, output, and international presence of Taiwan-made films.
The Center will also be tasked with preserving the nation’s film legacy, including the restoration of 5 to 10 classic films from Taiwan’s century-long cinema history on an annual basis, and an ongoing hunt for rare movie stills, posters, and manuscripts.
The production value of Taiwan’s film industry grew by an annual average of NT$2 billion between 2008 to 2012. To replicate the same success, which translates into a compound growth rate of roughly 12 percent over a 4-year period, the Center will receive an annual budget of NT$170 million to carry out its responsibilities.
Other tasks that were once divided among government agencies include the organization of film-related events, such as the Taiwan International Documentary Festival. The annual festival now falls within the jurisdiction of the Center, which may also take over the duties of organizing other large-scale film events in the future.