Switzerland's Locarno Film Festival, one of the four major film festivals in Europe, is entering its 75th year. To help build networks and expand the global market for the Taiwanese film industry, Taiwan Creative Content Agency (TAICCA) is teaming up with Locarno Film Festival for the first time by participating in the "Match Me!" networking platform of Locarno Pro, the festival’s dedicated section for professionals.
Following TAICCA's open call, three emerging producers from Taiwan — Celine Kao (高珈琳), Alice You (游晨宜), and Kuek Shee-heng (郭斯恒) — were ultimately selected by Locarno Pro to participate in "Match Me!," where they will attend master classes as well as one-on-one matching meetings and networking activities. It is hoped that these exchanges and sharing of experiences between Taiwanese producers and industry professionals from around the world can boost opportunities for international co-productions and strengthen the global visibility of Taiwan's cultural content.
According to TAICCA CEO Izero Lee (李明哲), TAICCA has several different cooperation plans with important international film festivals based on their attributes. Given that Locarno Film Festival has long been focused on cultivating and facilitating exchange between emerging filmmakers, TAICCA hopes this year's collaboration can not only pave a path to international co-productions for Taiwan’s domestic industry, but also introduce Taiwan's outstanding professional talents and co-production resources to international production teams, showing that Taiwan is their best collaboration partner in Asia.
The two projects that Kuek is bringing this year are "Malice," a confirmed Czech Republic co-production to be directed by Lin Lungyin (林龍吟), as well as Diana Hsuan Chao (趙暄)'s "Life Derailed." On the other hand, You says she hopes to find an international co-production partner for the documentary project "Mothers in Transit." Lastly, Kao looks forward to introducing director Lan Yi-tzu (藍憶慈) and her first feature-length project, "The Horse."
TAICCA hopes that this will assist Taiwanese producers to obtain more professional opinions on new projects, and will promote international co-productions, fostering even more collaborations with Taiwan.
(Photo courtesy of TAICCA)