Golden Horse Film Financing Market Expands to Record 63 Projects

A total of 44 film projects, including an executive produced by Oscar winner Cate Blanchett, have been shortlisted to promote this year’s Golden Horse Film Project, organizers said on Monday. The Chinese language project market takes place on the sidelines of the prestigious Taiwanese Golden Horse Film Festival.

Among the selections, 37 are works in development. Seven are works in progress which are still looking for finishing funds or co-production partners. With the 19 TV series projects announced earlier, this year’s Golden Horse FPP has a total of 63 projects. Last year, the FPP had 40. In pre-COVID 2019, it had 39 development projects and 8 work in progress.

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The majority of projects come from Taiwan and many big names are attached to it. The drama “I Feel You” directed by Hsiao Ya-chuan is produced by Hou Hsiao-hsien and Osaka Fumiko. “The Ancient Tree” is the latest narrative feature film nominated by several Golden Horse Award nominees, Singing Chen, known for her highly stylized approach to documentaries and feature films. “Q&I” is a new romance by Yang Ya-che, director of the Golden Horse nominated “The Bold, the Corrupt and the Beautiful” and the hit television series “The Magician on the Skywalk”.

Seven projects originate in Hong Kong, including the drama “Peaches”, written and directed by Jenny Suen and produced by Blanchett and Andrew Upton. “Today … Tomorrow …” is Ray Yeung’s sequel to “Suk Suk”, his acclaimed feature film about the lives of older gay men in the city. Yan Yan Mak’s latest drama, “Chungking Rosemary”, is produced by award-winning author Stanley Kwan.

Six projects come from Singapore and Malaysia, including Yeo Siew-hua’s new offer “Stranger Eyes” following its 2018 Locarno winner “A Land Imagined”. Golden Horse winner Ong Kuo Sin’s “A Good Child” delves into the world of drag queens. The selection also includes several international co-productions such as “My Madonna’s Night”, a Taiwanese-French co-production by Kuo Cheng-chui (“Forêt Debussy”), and “A Year of Cold”, which revolves around a group of resilient women in the Himalayas. It is directed by Nepalese director Min Bahadur Bham and supported by a Taiwanese crew.

The Golden Horse FPP will take place from November 22-24, 2021. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on November 24. The Golden Horse Film Festival runs from November 11 to 28.

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