The Golden Horse Film Project Promotion (FPP) is a Chinese-language film project matching platform designed to bring to the fore collaborative opportunities between filmmakers, investors and distributors, as well as to link regional industry professionals to the international film community. In the thirteenth years since its establishment, the FPP has made possible numerous dazzling examples of the successful, the innovative, and the artistic.
Myriad Selected Projects from the past few years include Crosscurrent (Dir. YANG Chao; Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution at 2016 Berlinale, Best Cinematography and Best Sound Effects at the 53rd Golden Horse Awards), The Road To Mandalay (Dir. Midi Z; Opening Film of 2016 Golden Horse Film Festival, official selection of the Busan Int’l Film Festival, six nominations at the 53rd Golden Horse Awards), Forêt Debussy (Dir. KUO Cheng-Chui; nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the 53rd Golden Horse Awards), My Egg Boy (Dir. FU Tien-Yu; selected for A Window on Asian Cinema at the Busan Int’l Film Festival), The Receptionist (Dir. Jenny LU; 2016 Golden Horse Film Festival, nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the 54th Golden Horse Awards), The Last Painting (Dir. CHEN Hung-I; original project name Terrorizers in Love; selection of Rotterdam Int’l Film Festival, Opening Film of 2017 Golden Horse Fantastic Film Festival), 2014 FPP Grand Prize winner Shuttle Life (Winner of the 20th SIFF Asian New Talent Awards for Best Film, Best Actor and Best Cinematographer, nominated for Best New Director and Best Cinematography at the 54th Golden Horse Awards), Father (Dir. YANG Li-Chou; world premiered at the 2017 Golden Horse Film Festival), Busan Int’l Film Festival selections Pigeon Tango (Dir. LEE Chi-Yuarn) and The White Girl (Dir. Jenny SUEN & Christopher DOYLE), Tshiong (Closing Film of the 2017 Kaohsiung Film Festival), Girls Always Happy (Dir. YANG Ming-Ming; selected for Panorama Special at 2018 Berlinale), Suburban Birds (Dir. QIU Sheng; 2018 Locarno Film Festival selection), Secrets in the Hot Spring (Dir. LIN Kuan-Hui; official selection of 2018 Bucheon Int’l Fantastic Film Festival), Father to Son (Dir. HSIAO Ya-Chuan; nominated for Best New Performer, Best Art Direction, Best Original Film Score, Best Original Film Song and Best Sound Effects at the 55th Golden Horse Awards), A Dog’s Life (Dir. CHANG Yi; nominated for Best Animation Feature at the 55th Golden Horse Awards), Tracey (Dir. Jun LI; winner of Best Supporting Actor at the 55th Golden Horse Awards), Long Time No Sea (Dir. TSUI Yung-Hui; winner of Best New Performer at the 55th Golden Horse Awards), Long Day's Journey Into Night (Dir. BI Gan; selected for Un Certain Regard at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, Best Cinematography, Best Original Film Score and Best Sound Effects at the 55th Golden Horse Awards), Cities of Last Things (Dir. HO Wi-Ding; winner of Best Supporting Actress at the 55th Golden Horse Awards), and 2013 FPP Grand Prize Winner On Happiness Road (Dir. SUNG Hsin-Yin; winner of the 55th Golden Horse Awards for Best Animation Feature).
The FPP consists of three major events: One-on-one private meetings, professional workshops, and industry panels. The new installment of Work-In-Progress (WIP) Projects starting from 2017 aim to assist Chinese-language film projects, in completion or in production, for funding or collaboration with distributors and film festivals. In November 2018, investors, industry decision-makers, and venture partners from Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Europe, and the U.S. convened in Taipei City for their chance to meet with the representatives of 42 Selected Projects (35 FPP Projects and 7 WIP Projects), for an astounding total of 1204 meetings. The FPP’s signature one-on-one round table meetings are especially lauded as rare independent spaces, where filmmakers may fully present their creative visions and production capability, and where investors may speak freely and unreservedly. Prior to the meetings, the representatives of the Selected Projects were invited to workshops with their project proposal to discuss with industry veterans, whose valuable suggestions add the polishing touches on pitches, advancing investor commitment prospects.
Since 2009, the FPP has embraced the rising trend of international co-productions, sponsoring a series of events that offer a comprehensive range of perspectives to filmmakers and investors alike. Some of the more recent industry panels and dialogues include: Two or Three Things I Know About Film Investment Legal Practice, a run-down of the legal tango between Taiwan/China/Hong Kong and Hollywood; Meet with Your Next Partner: Co-Production with France, an exploration of a world of co-production possibilities; Booking Your Next Screenplay: Tea Time with Taiwan’s Publishers, an invitation to join together the forces of cinema and publishing; Meetings with Film Commissions in Taiwan; Double Coincidence of Wants: A Look in Venture Capital Sources for Film Financing; The Visible Hand: Crucial National Incentives to Overseas Distribution of Local Films; Co-Production with Korea, exploring the possibilities of shared markets and future collaborations between Taiwan and Korea; Possibilities Beyond the Chinese-language Film Market, an examination of the global market from an industrial perspective; Golden Horse X New Wave Forum: New Talents & Cinema City; Golden Horse Master Class and New Talent Forum, an invitation of industry masters to break the finite imagination of singular market and evaluate the balance between creative freedom and production sustainability.
In addition to the coveted Grand Prize of USD 30,000 (the highest offer of cash prize within Asia for film production), the 2018 FPP also offers other cash awards with the enduring and generous sponsorship of leading regional and international partners, including CNC Cash Award (EUR 8,000), Taipei New Horizon Screenplay Award (TWD 400,000), J.Q. Pictures Award (TWD 700,000), MAN-JIA Memorial Award (TWD 700,000), MandarinVision Award (TWD 300,000), FPP MM2 Creative Award (USD 10,000), MirrorFiction Screenplay Award (TWD 300,000), Central Pictures Corporation Award (TWD 500,000), Content Digital Film Award (post-production incentive), and WIP Tomson Creative Award (TWD 500,000). Winning filmmakers are given the resources and networks to raise the standard and envision a brighter future for the Chinese-language films.
The 2019 Golden Horse FPP will take place from November 19th through the 21st, where a gathering of film industry professionals is certain to be a sight to behold.