The trajectory of Taiwan's economic and cultural development has been captured in the past 50 years of Taiwanese cinema. These priceless cultural resources, however, face irreparable damage from decay and mold.
To help restore classic Taiwanese movies and digitalize such materials, the Ministry initiated the Taiwan Classic Movies Digital Restoration and Value-added Usage Plan.
To protect such culturally relevant video materials, the Ministry founded the Taiwan Film Institute to handle the collection, preservation, restoration, digitalization and promotion of Taiwanese films. Currently over 14,000 films have already been collected, in addition to approximately three million feet of tape from the Taiwan Film Company and 3,008 films from previous Chinese productions. These include feature films, documentaries, news, recreational movies, educational movies and more.
Much of the aforementionedpreciousTaiwanese materialhasbeen severely damaged due to age and acidification. The Ministry hopes to reverse the damage by applying for an outlay with the National Science Council's Technology and Development Plan. From 2013 through 2017, the Ministry will receive an annual budget of up to NT$30 million to apply towards advanced methods in film science and digital frame restoration.
As of 2013, this project has already been certified for restoring eight films with a budget of NT$23 million. These films include:
All of the above are the only copies left in existence, making them invaluable beyond measure.
The project aims to drive the national digital film restoration industry's equipment and abilities even higher, leadmanufacturers to recognize the value and potential of digitalization and attract more international business opportunities for restoration. Another theme is the use of national and international expositions, film festivals, trade shows and publications to improve research and development in thecultural and creative industries and to showcase Taiwan's innovative spirit.