TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Celebrating its long standing dedication to Taiwan and partnership with the Tainan 39 Short Film Festival founded by Tainan based filmmakers Till Dietsche and Lynne Tinling Tai, interfilm Berlin invited a special guest programme, Cinemaformosa - Shorts from Taiwan, to screen at this year's 31st edition of the Berlin International Short Film Festival.
"The young Taiwanese film scene is as diverse as the dynamic history of the island itself, once home to pirate treasure," Interfillm Berlin states in its festival catalog. "For years, the interfilm has engaged in the local support of Taiwan's up-and-coming filmmakers, as partner of the Tainan 39 Hour Short Film Contestival, the winner of which is invited to Berlin with their entire crew, this year for the fourth time. Dedicated to this co-operation is a programme full of exciting, bizarre, and idiosyncratic films from Taiwan."
The programme had been curated by Heinz Hermanns and Till Dietsche, who were successful in winning the support of the Ministry of Culture, which acted as the patron of the special guest programme.
Simon Shih-te Ho and Aaron Liu from the Taiwan Representative Office in Berlin had been instrumental in securing the funds to bring the programme to Berlin, which showed at a sold out screening at the Gruner Salon at Berlin's prestigious Volksbuhne, the Berlin International Short Film Festival's main venue.
In total 14 short films, including "Bloody and Piety" from Tainan 39's student film section, showed alongside, "Have A Nice Day", both the jury's and audiences favourite at the Tainan 39 Hour Short Film Contestival 2015. The film's director Chiu Heng-wei, and editor Mike Chiang had been flown to Berlin at the festival's expense as part of their Tainan 39 Gold Award. Their film proved to be a crowd pleaser in Berlin, too, as it was voted by the audience as one of the three most popular films of the Taiwan programme.
The most popular film of the evening, receiving 28 per cent of the votes, was "Fan Fan" by established filmmaker Sharon C.H. Liu, who was overcome with emotion when she was presented with the Cinemaformosa Audience Choice Award by the programme's curator, Till Dietsche, and the Taiwan Representative Office Berlin's Deputy General, Dr. Klement Gu, who was quoted as saying that this was only the first step in what will hopefully turn out to be a long standing co-operation between the Ministry of Culture and the two curators Hermanns and Dietsche.