This year, around 60 Taiwan-based audiovisual representatives and post-production companies will join the 2018 Hong Kong International Film & TV Market (FILMART), which will run from March 19 through 22, to promote quality Taiwan-made films and dramas as well as Taiwan’s prowess in digital production and special effects.
At a showcase held in Taipei on March 12 ahead of the trade fair, Director Hsu Yi-chun (徐宜君) of the Bureau of Audiovisual and Music Industry Development (BAMID) explained that she looks forward to creating more possibilities for Taiwan productions in the global market by participating in FILMART.
The featured films this year – which were selected to highlight the dynamics of Taiwanese films – will include “Explosion (引爆點)” by Chuang Ching-shen (莊景燊), “Sen Sen (生生)” by An Bon (安邦), and “Father to Son (范保德)” by Hsiao Ya-chuan (蕭雅全).
To present the creativity, culture, and landscapes of Taiwan, the television series chosen include “Iron Ladies (姊的時代),” “Angel Wei Wei (天使薇薇),” and the Taiwan-Japan joint venture “Fusulina of Remember (紡缍蟲的記憶)” that explores life, love, cyber culture, and the relations between Taiwan and Japan.
The BAMID will also organize two Taiwan pavilions at the trade fair for audiovisual operators to promote their works and business. A Taiwan-themed promotional event will also be held on March 19 to seek collaborative opportunities with professionals and companies from all over the world.
Several visual effects companies from Taiwan, including Bulky Animation Studio (大腕影像股份有限公司), Jnana Studio (本覺創意有限公司), Taipei Postproduction (台北影業股份有限公司), Cheer Digiart (砌禾數位動畫股份有限公司), and Motion M VFX (米德媒體有限公司) will participate in the Hong Kong fair as well.
Hong Kong–Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF), a platform for Asian filmmakers with new film projects who seek financing and meetups with potential partners, will also be held in conjunction with FILMART.
This year, director Arvin Chen’s (陳駿霖) upcoming film project “Naive Melody (買一送一)” and director Huang Xi’s (黃熙) “Common People (普通情事)” were selected by HAF. They will be meeting with film financiers, producers, distributors, and buyers during the three-day forum to seek opportunities for advancing their projects to the next stage.
Following FILMART, two Taiwanese films – “Omotenashi (盛情款待)” by emerging director Jay Chern (陳鈺杰) and “Xiao Mei (小美)” by Maren Hwang (黃榮昇) – will open the 2018 Hong Kong International Film Festival on March 19. Another five Taiwanese films will also be screened at the festival this year.