4th Tainan 39-hour Short Film Contestival opens
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.
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.