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 fourteen years since its establishment, the FPP has made numerous dazzling examples of the successful, the innovative, and the artistic.
Myriad Selected Projects from the current years include Nina Wu (Dir. Midi Z; original project title Burning Secrets; Un Certain Regard of 2019 Cannes Film Festival), Mosaic Portrait (Dir. ZHAI Yi-Xiang; official selection of 2019 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival), Spring Tide (Dir. Lina YANG; winner of the Golden Goblet Award Best Cinematography at the 2019 Shanghai International Film Festival), Heavy Craving (Dir. HSIEH Pei-ju; winner of the Audience Choice Award of International New Talent Competition at the 2019 Taipei Film Festival; winner of the Best New Performance at the 2019 Taipei Film Awards), Synapses (Dir. CHANG Tso-chi; original project title The Beloved Stranger; opening film of 2019 Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival). Four titles from the 2018 WIP Selected Projects have especially shined at the 2019 Busan International Film Festival; Heavy Craving, Changfeng Town (Dir. WANG Jing) and Nina Wu were selected in A Window on Asian Cinema section; Boluomi (Dir. LAU Kek-huat and Vera CHEN) competed and had its world premiere in New Currents section, respectively. We Are Champions (Dir. CHANG Jung-chi) and Dear Loneliness, (Dir. LIAO Che-I, LIEN Chien-hung and Sunny YU; original project title Stories Behind the Bookstores) have also been released in cinema. Meanwhile, Back to The Wharf (Dir. LI Xiao-feng; original project title The Wharf), Miss Andy (Dir. Teddy CHIN), Kipahpah Ima (Dir. YANG Chih-lin), Aftertaste (Dir. Joseph HSU Chen-chieh), As We Like It (Dir. CHEN Hung-i), and Half A Good Woman (Dir. CJ WANG Xi-jie) are all in postproduction stage and anticipate to meet the audience soon. Among these Selected Projects, some have also made several triumphs at the 56th Golden Horse Awards, including Heavy Craving (winner of FIPRESCI Prize), The Teacher (Dir. CHEN Ming Lang; winner of Best Supporting Actress), We Are Champions (winner of Best New Performer), and Nina Wu (winner of Best Sound Effects). Selected Projects from 2019 WIP section, Silent Etude (Dir. KO Chen-nien), IweirDo (Dir. LIAO Ming-yi), Your Name Engraved Herein (Dir. LIU Kuang-hui), Gatao: Path of Sorrow (Dir. Ray JIANG), and The Painting of Evil (Dir. CHEN Yung-chi) are planning their 2020 premieres.
The FPP consists of three events: One-on-one private meetings, professional workshops, and industry panels. In November 2019, investors, industry decision-makers, and venture partners from Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Europe, and the U.S. convened in Taipei City for their chance to meet with the representatives of 47 Selected Projects (39 FPP Projects and 8 WIP Projects), for an astounding total of nearly 1,200 business 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. This year, the FPP also opens submission for Series projects, aiming to promote more collaboration opportunities for international creative talents and filmmakers.
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 include: Two or Three Things I Know About Film Investment Legal Practice, Meet with Your Next Partner: Co-Production with France, Booking Your Next Screenplay: Tea Time with Taiwan’s Publishers, 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, Possibilities Beyond the Chinese-language Film Market, Golden Horse X New Wave Forum: New Talents & Cinema City, Golden Horse Master Class and New Talent Forum, and Golden Horse Performers’ and New Directors’ Forum, demonstrating diverse dialogues 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 2019 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), MAN-JIA Memorial Award (TWD 700,000), FPP MME Creative Award (USD 10,000), FPP Taicca Original Award (USD 10,000), MandarinVision Award (TWD 300,000), MirrorFiction Screenplay Award (TWD 300,000), Central Picture Corporation Award (TWD 500,000), Content Digital Film Award (post-production incentive), and WIP Taicca Original Award (USD 10,000). Winning filmmakers are given the resources and networks to raise the standard and envision a brighter future for the Chinese-language films.
The 2020 Golden Horse FPP will take place from November 16th through the 18th, where a gathering of film industry professionals is certain to be a sight to behold.