4th Tainan 39-hour Short Film Con­tes­ti­val opens

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY CHI- HAO JAMES LO

The 4th Tainan 39-hour Short Film Con­tes­ti­val ( 2015 39

) of­fi­cially kicked off on Satur­day, April 11 with a spe­cial screen­ing of Ger­man shorts pre­sented by Ber­lin In­ter­na­tional Short Film Fes­ti­val CEO Heinz Her­manns.

The fes­ti­val is hosted by the Cul­tural Af­fairs Bureau of the Tainan City Gov­ern­ment and is sup­ported by the Ger­man In­sti­tute Taipei, the Goethe In­sti­tute in Taipei, the Ger­man Aca­demic Ex­change Ser­vice DAAD and the JiEe Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion Tainan ( ).

One of the event’s or­ga­niz­ers and cu­ra­tors, Dayeh Uni­ver­sity (

) as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor Till Di­etsche from Ger­many, was quoted as say­ing, “I'm ex­cited that with the sup­port of the Cul­ture Bureau Tainan, as well as the as­sis­tance of the Goethe In­sti­tute Taipei and the DAAD, that we are strength­en­ing the cul­tural ex­change be­tween Tai­wan, Ger­many and Hong Kong. I'm very ex­cited for the fu­ture of the fes­ti­val!”

The fes­ti­val will con­tinue through­out the week with lec­tures from film­mak­ers, lo­cal film in­struc­tors and re­searchers. The film ex­perts will host dis­cus­sion pan­els on the topic of “The Art of Short Films,” dur­ing the first Tainan Short Film Con­fer­ence, which be­gan yes­ter­day. Spe­cial guests who at­tended the open­ing of con­fer­ence in­cluded DAAD Direc­tor Dr. Ste­fanie Eschen­lohr, Hong Kong In­de­pen­dent Short Film and Video Awards Founder Jimmy Kam Chuen Choi.

Aside from Di­etsche, the con­tes­ti­val is also co-or­ga­nized and co- cu­rated by Tainan- re­sid­ing Malaysian film­maker Lynne Tai ( ).

“The orig­i­nal 39-hour con­test has ex­panded into a full-on nine­day fes­ti­val, with daily screen­ings and work­shops,” said event cu­ra­tor Di­etsche. “I’m very ex­cited to wel­come this year's 39 teams to Tainan next week­end and see what cre­ativ­ity they will bring to Tainan.”

Reg­is­tered teams this year are al­lowed to pre­pare any­thing short of shoot­ing ac­tual footage be­fore the of­fi­cial shoot­ing date, and are al­lowed to re­hearse with their ac­tors. Writ­ing of English-Chi­nese bilin­gual sub­ti­tles is also al­lowed for the sake of edit­ing. “To en­sure fair­ness, teams will draw their shoot­ing lo­ca­tion in Tainan at the be­gin­ning of the con­test at 9 p.m. on Fri­day April 17,” Di­etsche said.

The win­ning film will be awarded the Tainan Gold Award, said Tai, which con­sists of the Tainan39 tro­phy, an award of NT$30,000, two plane tick­ets to Ber­lin and a guar­an­teed screen­ing at the 31st Ber­lin In­ter­na­tional Short Film Fes­ti­val in Novem­ber.

Cour­tesy of Tainan City Gov­ern­ment

Speak­ers from the 4th Tainan 39-hour Short Film Con­tes­ti­val’s first in­ter­na­tional aca­demic con­fer­ence on short film pose for a group photo. From left to right, Till Di­etsche, Jack Shih, Jimmy Choi, Lin Chien-ping, John Maloney, Daniel H. Wu, Aling Lin, Heinz Her­manns, Michael Lon­car, Wolf­gang Oden­dahl and Sze Man-hung.

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