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 fifteenth years since its establishment, the FPP has made numerous dazzling examples of the successful, the innovative, and the artistic. In 2020, FPP opens up new section and welcomes Series projects, aiming to provide more opportunities for the filmmakers and creative talents.
Myriad Selected Projects from the current years include Little Big Women (Dir. Joseph HSU Chen-chieh; Opening film of the 2020 Hong Kong International Film Festival; selected in A Window on Asian Cinema section at the 2020 Busan International Film Festival), Your Name Engraved Herein (Dir. LIU Kuang-hui; winner of Best Supporting Actor of the 2020 Osaka Asian Film Festival), i WEiRDO (Dir. LIAO Ming-yi; winner of NETPAC Award at the 2020 Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival), The Silent Forest (Dir. KO Chen-nien; Opening film of the 2020 Taipei Film Festival; official selection of the 2020 Tokyo FILMeX International Film Festival), The Painting of Evil (Dir. CHEN Yung-chi; selected in World Focus section at the 2020 Tokyo International Film Festival), Mickey on the Road (Dir. LU Mian-mian; nominated in the Asian New Talent Award at the 2020 Shanghai International Film Festival), Memories to Choke On, Drinks to Wash Them Down (Dir. LEUNG Ming-kai and Kate REILLY; selected in Perspective section at the 2020 International Film Festival Rotterdam), Stoma (Dir. Kit HUNG; official selection of Young Cinema Competition of the 2020 Hong Kong International Film Festival), and Miss Andy (Dir. Teddy CHIN; 2020 Osaka Asian Film Festival).
Besides shining at various international film festivals, the recent completed projects also perform brilliantly at the 57th Golden Horse Awards; Little Big Women wins Best Leading Actress; The Silent Forest wins Best New Performer; Your Name Engraved Herein wins Best Original Film Song; City of Lost Things (Dir. YEE Chih-yen) wins Best Animated Feature; and The Story of Southern Islet (Dir. CHONG Keat-aun) wins Best New Director. Furthermore, Little Big Women and Your Name Engraved Herein both successfully hit the box office in Taiwan. After its world premiere at the 2020 Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, The Story of Southern Islet is anticipated to reach more audiences in the cinema in April 2021 and City of Lost Things will also premiere in the upcoming Spring. Other completed projects include Reclaim (Dir. CJ WANG), As We Like It (CHEN Hung-i and Muni WEI) and Green Jail (Dir. HUANG Yin-yu). Projects in post-production or in production are Days Before the Millennium, Drifting, Kipahpah Ima, The Neo-New Adventures, American Girl, Incantation, and 96 Minutes.
The FPP consists of three events: One-on-one private meetings, professional workshops, and industry panels. In November 2020, investors, industry decision-makers, and venture partners around the world convened in Taipei City for their chance to meet with the representatives of 40 Selected Projects (22 FPP Projects, 5 WIP Projects and 13 Series Projects), for an astounding total of 992 on-site and online 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.
In addition to the coveted Grand Prize of USD 30,000, the 2020 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), FPP Visionary Award (USD 12,000), FPP TAICCA Original Award (USD 10,000), CATCHPLAY Development Award (TWD 300,000), MirrorFiction Story Award (TWD 300,000), Central Picture Corporation Award (TWD 500,000 and studio/equipment incentive), WIP TAICCA Original Award (USD 10,000), and myVideo Creative Series 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 2021 Golden Horse FPP will take place from November 22nd through the 24th, where a gathering of film industry professionals is certain to be a sight to behold.