Taiwanese Actor Yi-wen Chen Won the Best Actor Award of Short Film Category at 2020 Hawaii International Film Festival
The 40th Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) of 2020 presented over 200 films from 45 countries during November 5th to 29th in a combination of online screenings, drive-in cinema, and live screenings at theatres. HIFF has also partnered with Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles for the ten consecutive year to launch “Spotlight on Taiwan,” showcasing 4 feature films and 2 short films, in which the actor Yi-Wen Chen of the short film“Growing Pains” won the Best Actor Award of the Short Film Category. This marks Taiwanese cinematic achievements in international platform.

“Growing Pains” is a film about the subtle father and son relationship. The director Po-Yu Lin was born in Taipei in 1990, with a master’s degree from the Department of Motion Picture in National Taiwan University of Arts. He has written and directed a number of shorts and commercials. “Growing Pains” is Lin’s semi-autobiographical film starred by the actor Yi-Wen Chen as the father. Being a director, screenwriter, actor, and playwright, Chen has won the Best Leading Actor Award by the feature film “A Sun” at the 56th Golden Horse Awards of 2019. This time in “Growing Pains,” Chen played exquisitely the father being deep in debt while struggling to earn his son’s recognition.

The Short Film Category jury includes the actress Kelly Hu, the senior producer-director Erin Lau, and the writer-director Alika Maikau. “The power in Yi-Wen Chen’s performance came through in not only the dialogue, but also in his moments of silence. He gave us the ability to bear witness to both a burdened man and a loving father in the same breath,” praised by the jury. “We are honored to acknowledge this incredibly vulnerable and raw performance by Yi-Wen Chen in "Growing Pains" from Taiwan.”

“HIFF is the only statewide independent film festival in the United States. It has been regarded as the gateway for Asian films into the American market and the foremost festival that bridges the Eastern and Western culture,” said Emmy Yang, Director of Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles. “We are pleased with the award winning achievement by“Growing Pains”and will endeavor to promote outstanding Taiwanese films to the world through HIFF.”

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Taiwanese Artist Nung-Hsin Hu Explores Her Incurable Nostalgia in New Exhibition at 18th Street Arts Center
Taiwanese artist, Nung-Hsin Hu, produced Incurable Nostalgia as a multimedia project, including a 16mm film loop installation, videos, drawings, and sculpture during her 3-month residency at the 18th Street Arts Center. This project is a reflection of the artist's current status after losing her childhood home and the processes of rethinking and searching for the meaning of home, both literal and metaphorical. Incurable Nostalgia is currently on view at the 18th Street Arts Center’s (Olympic Campus, 1639 18th Street, Santa Monica) Atrium Gallery through January 22, 2021.

Nung-Hsin Hu’s exhibition and residency are supported by Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles and the Ministry of Culture, Taiwan. Hu’s project takes inspiration from The Future of Nostalgia by Svetlana Boym, which describes how Modern Nostalgia has transformed from being a curable disease in the 17th century, then going beyond individual psychology and eventually becoming a public epidemic, mourning for an impossible return.

Hu intends to reflect on how we are experiencing the collective grief and longing for the world we knew, and the normality that we may never return to under the current pandemic era. Hu also examines how the months-long lockdown, stay-at-home orders, climate crises, and travel restrictions have shifted our notion of home and altered the relationship between our body and space.

Incurable Nostalgia will also include site-specific performative elements where the artist will utilize her temporary “home,” the studio space and new surroundings, to create multimedia work juxtaposing the past and present, dreams and everyday life representing her processes of adaptation.

Hu will host a dinner party conversation with special guests Hitomi Iwasaki (Director of Exhibitions and Programs at the Queens Museum), Jessica Kairé (Artist and Co-founder of Contemporary Art Museum in Guatemala, NuMu), and Frida Cano (Assistant Curator / Artist Residency Coordinator at 18th Street Arts Center) on Thursday, December 3rd at 5 PM PST/ 8 PM EST/ Friday, December 4th at 9 AM Taiwan time via Zoom.

Nung-Hsin Hu, born in Taiwan, is a U.S.-based interdisciplinary artist who interweaves video, sculpture, performance, and installation in her practice. Her work intends to reveal the invisible status, articulate the unconsciousness, and perform the vulnerability through a poetic and whimsical approach. Her current projects utilize analogue film combining traditional and direct film-making techniques to address a sense of loss, archive the ephemeral and discuss the subjects of time and memory. Hu has exhibited and screened widely both in the U.S. and abroad, including Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in New York, Videoformes Festival in France, Museum of Modern Art in Buenos Aires, and Oil Street Art Space in Hong Kong.

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American Girl Selected for Taiwan Academy Fellowship to “Fast Track” American Film Industry
Los Angeles, CA (November 16, 2020)—With the support of Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture, Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles partners with Film Independent to first launch “Taiwan Academy Fellowship.” After opening submission from April, Film Independent selected projects for further interview in August based on submitted projects’ contents and quality. The interviews took into consideration many factors such as the characteristics of filmmakers, the progress and developing potential of projects, the relevance to and timing for participating in Producing Lab or Fast Track, and the connection with Taiwan. Based on the above-mentioned factors, American Girl, a project by Taiwanese producer Clifford Miu and director Feng-I Fiona Roan, has been selected for Taiwan Academy Fellowship to participate in Fast Track program during November 16th-19th, 2020.

The storyline of American Girl is set in Taiwan, centering on a thirteen-year-old girl uprooted from Los Angeles, who struggles to adjust to life in Taipei and conflict with her family amidst the SARS epidemic. Both the producer, Clifford Miu, and the director, Feng-I Fiona Roan, are based in Taiwan. Clifford Miu was graduated from Tisch Undergraduate Program in NYU and majored in Film & TV with a minor in Producing. His short film Ah Gong (2019) was selected by the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival, 25th Palm Springs International Short Fest, and 42nd Asian American International Film Festival. The Last Ferry from Grass Island (2020) received the Jury Special Mention at Tribeca Film Festival and has recently been selected by Cannes Cinefondation Selection 2020. Feng-I Fiona Roan, with a Bachelor degree from National Taiwan University in Chinese Literature and a MFA degree from American Film Institute in directing, her latest short film JIEJIE focuses on the conflicts among three newly immigrated mother and sisters, winning the HBO Asian American Visionary Award in 2018. Distributed in the U.S. through HBO, JIEJIE gained wide popularity amongst the Asian-American community. The film also won the Audience Award at Short Shorts & Asia (Tokyo), and the 1st Prize of Children’s Jury: Best Live-Action Short at the Chicago International Children’s Festival.

Fast Track is a fast-paced four-day film finance market event where participants pitch to established agents, financiers, production companies, distributors, top executives, and other film industry professionals in intensive time intervals to move their current projects forward. During the one-on-one meetings, participants are connected with the executives, gaining valuable exposure and build vital relationships as they propel their films toward completion. According to Film Independent, Clifford is very eloquent in how he spoke about and put together the financing for American Girl and his ambition as a Producer. Fiona also showed her talent as a director. And because the project has completed legal and financial consultation with strong financial support, it would be the best timing for them to build relationships with executives that can help promote their projects towards finding a life theatrically and develop their careers through Fast Track.

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2020 HIFF Launches Spotlight on Taiwan with Live Screenings “I WeirDo” and “A Leg” and Online VR Spotlight Conversation
With the support from Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture, Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles has launched “Spotlight on Taiwan” at the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) for ten consecutive years. This year, “Spotlight on Taiwan” will kick off online via HIFF’s streaming platform from November 5th to 29th, showcasing 2 feature films “Detention” and “Get the Hell Out,” and 2 short films “Growing Pains” and “See You, Sir” in “Shorts Program: Turning Point,” as well as a conversation with the Taiwanese VR master, John Hsu. All the above online contents will be available to watch through the entire United States. In addition to online screenings, two feature films “I WeirDo” and “A Leg” will be presented as live screenings at the Consolidated Theatres, reflecting Taiwan as an international front leader in pandemic prevention, and its robust and growing creative contents.

Being the first Asian feature film shot entirely on an iPhone, the fantastical and realistic film “I WeirDo” depicts the story between two lovers who both suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). It was selected by the Udine Far East Film Festival in Italy, the Fantasia International Film Festival in Canada, and has won the NETPAC award at South Korea's Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival. “A Leg”, being selected by the 2020 Golden Horse Film Festival as the opening film, is about a husband and wife who met each other while ballroom dancing, and the wife has to fight hospital bureaucracy to keep the body intact when the husband dies during a leg amputation. “Detention,” adapted from a video game, is a horror-thriller about the darkest moments on campus in the history of Taiwan, which has won five awards from the 2019 Golden Horse Awards including the best new director and the best adapted screenplay. “Get The Hell Out” is a zombie movie that satirizes politics. “See You, Sir” explores young inmates’ plight in the juvenile detention house. “Growing Pain” deliberately portrays a father through a young man’s lense.”

Another highlight at “Spotlight on Taiwan” is the VR spotlight conversation with John Hsu, the Taiwanese transmedia filmmaker who directed the VR short “Your Spiritual Temple Sucks” in 2017 that was selected by the Sundance Film Festival. His feature film debut, “Detention,” also became a box-office hit. His latest VR work, “Great Hoax: The Moon Landing” has been shortlisted for the competition session of Venice VR Expanded at the Venice Film Festival this year. The VR spotlight conversation will chat with Hsu about his innovative work across many mediums and explore the new work flows that are happening in today’s filmmaking by Taiwan’s innovation in VR/XR technology and the new ways of storytelling. Two Hsu’s VR works, “Your Spiritual Temple Sucks” and “Great Hoax: The Moon Landing,” will be featured in HIFF XR Showcase. The conversation will be available on November 13th, free of charge. Welcome to register online.

In its 40th edition, 2020 HIFF will present over 200 films from 45 countries through November 5th to 29th. Featuring world premiere screenings, panel discussions, industry events, and virtual reality exhibitions, HIFF acts as the only statewide independent film festival in the United States. It has been regarded as the gateway for Asian film into the American market and the world’s foremost festival that bridges the Eastern and Western culture.

About Spotlight on Taiwan
Live screenings: Consolidated Theatres Mililani
A Leg: 5:00pm HST, Nov 22nd, 2020 ($14.00)
I WeirDo: 8:00pm HST, Nov 22nd, 2020 ($14.00)

Online screenings: Detention, Get The Hell Out, See You, Sir, Growing Pain ($20.00)

VR works and Conversation with John Hsu: 5:00 PM HST, Nov 13th 2020

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Taiwan Film Showcase at 2020 San Diego Asian Film Festival Presents Film “Days” and Drive-In Screening “Get The Hell Out”

The 21st edition of the San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF) will kick off from October 23rd to 31st, 2020, showcasing over 125 films from 24 countries in 34 languages through their online platform, together with 2 drive-in screenings. Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles has collaborated with SDAFF to present the “Taiwan Film Showcase” for the 9th consecutive year. This year, the Taiwan Film Showcase will feature an award-winning film “Days,” and a drive-in screening “Get The Hell Out,” a film that reveals a blood-spattered emotional and interest entanglements in Taiwan’s parliament unleashed by a zombie virus outbreak. In the spirit of Halloween, all audiences are encouraged to wear costumes to join this zombie fest at Zion Market on October 24th at 7 pm (PST).

“Days,” directed by Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-liang, received the Teddy Award at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival and has been selected by this year’s New York Film Festival. As a documentary fiction, it depicts an encounter between a man with an illness and an immigrant worker in exquisite examinations of the two men’s alienation, isolation, and daily routine. The film “Get The Hell Out,” is a dark comedy that has been selected by the Midnight Madness program at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival. “Get The Hell Out” portrays a satire of Taiwan’s political system with an approach to an absurd zombie plot.

This year’s Taiwan Film Showcase will present 7 features and 4 shorts. In addition to “Days” and “Get The Hell Out,” the line-up of features includes “Nobody,” a story about the later years of an elderly queer woman; “Archiving Time,” a documentary about film preservation and restoration; “Love and Death in Montmartre,” a documentary about the life and work of a lesbian Taiwanese writer, Qiu Miaojin; and “The Reason Why I’m Home,” a film that reflects on the value of kinship and life; and a restored Taiwanese classic, “The Husband’s Secret.” The shorts program “Shorts: Taiwan America,” will feature “The Granddaughter Detective,” a short about language barriers brought by generational gaps; “Ahma & Alan,” a short about the self-identification journey of the 2nd generation Chinese immigrants in the United States; “Hello from Taiwan” centers on a family of Taiwanese American young girls and their mother who struggle to overcome family and cultural barriers; and “Smiling Buddha,” a story that raises awareness of Alzheimer’s disease. Director Evans Chan and Ari Larissa Heinrich, the English translators of “Last Words from Montmartre,” will be present for the online Q&A discussion of “Love and Death in Montmartre.” Directors of the 4 shorts will also join the group’s online Q&A after the screening of the “Shorts: Taiwan America” program.

SDAFF was founded by the Pacific Arts Movement in 2000. Each year, the festival brings films from around the world to give audiences unique opportunities to discover international cinema. Since 2012, Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles has collaborated with the UCSD Chuan Lyu Foundation for Taiwan Studies and the UCSD Taiwan Studies Lecture Series to present the Taiwan Film Showcase as part of SDAFF and has grown to become the most important exhibition of Taiwanese cinema beyond Asia.

About Taiwan Film Showcase

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$50 for the rest of the 6 features and 4 shorts:

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4th Annual Taiwanese American Film Festival (TAFF) Returns Online on October 24th, 2020
With support from the Ministry of Culture of Taiwan and Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles, Taiwanese American Professionals - Los Angeles (TAP-LA) will present the 4th annual Taiwanese American Film Festival (TAFF) on October 24th, 2020 on the Bingewave Digital Festival platform. This year for the 4th edition, TAFF will feature exclusive North American premiere of the feature film Synapses, an opening industry panel, a keynote speech, and a short film competition. Stay tuned in the comfort of your home for the 4th TAFF!

The closing feature Synapses depicts the repressed life of an elderly veteran suffering from dementia, reflecting family, life, and memory through time, space and generations. The director Chang Tso-Chi has won Golden Horse Award for Best Feature Film twice, for The Best of Times (2002) and When Love Comes (2010). Synapses is the 9th film of Chang that was nominated by the 56th Golden Horse Award in 2019 for Best Director, Best Leading Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Visual Effects. A Q&A will follow the screening with the exclusive participation by the leading actress Lu Hsueh Feng and the producer Kao Wen Hung, sharing with the audience the story of the film and the current development of Taiwanese films.

The Festival also features a short film competition of 13 short films which part of them have been selected by the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, the Asian American International Film Festival, and CAAMFest. Jurors will select winners for the Grand Jury Award, the Cultural Spotlight Award, and the Audience Award with prize ranging from $1,000 to $2,000. Awards will be presented live. The festival will also host an opening industry panel with Joan Huang (producer), Jay Chern (Taiwanese director), and Christopher Au (director), and a keynote speech by Taiwanese American actress Lynn Chen for sharing the industry career development of Taiwanese American filmmakers.

TAFF is the only showcase of films and media works by Taiwanese American and Taiwanese filmmakers in the US. The festival organizing team, composed of filmmakers and entertainment industry professionals, are all Taiwanese descent. The festival is a platform of highlighting unique stories in Taiwanese cinema and encouraging emerging filmmakers. For more information about the full line-up and tickets, please visit

Press Contact:
Cindy Lu (Executive Director, TAFF)
(562) 644-4225
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4th Taiwanese American Film Festival Launches 2nd Online Workshop “Behind the Curtain – A Film Finance Workshop”
With support from the Ministry of Culture of Taiwan and Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles, the Taiwanese American Professionals - Los Angeles (TAP-LA) will present its second online workshop “Behind the Curtain – A Film Finance Workshop” on Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 from 7pm to 8:30pm PST. The workshop will be held free via Zoom and tickets will be made available on Eventbrite. For more information about the workshop and registration, please visit: This event will be live streamed on Facebook and Youtube.

“Behind the Curtain – A Film Finance Workshop”, moderated by Cindy Lu (Executive Director, 4th TAFF), will feature guest panelists Jeff Chao and Patrick Lee. Jeff and Patrick will share key insights on what goes on behind the scenes in getting a film financed, from conception to sale. The workshop will discuss the landscape of film and distribution in today’s market. Jeff and Patrick will dig deeper into what investors are looking for and empower filmmakers with greater clarity and understanding. The workshop will take questions from registrants and live chat participants for the closing Q&A.

Jeff Chao is the Vice President of Finance and Business Development at DIGITAL DOMAIN. Previously, Jeff was Senior Director, Finance at PARTICIPANT MEDIA, where he managed film investments for a $250 million film fund between Participant Media and Image Nation Abu Dhabi. Jeff has had direct involvement with film investments for over 31 films with budgets ranging from $2 million - $75 million.

Patrick Lee is a serial entrepreneur best known for being a co-founder and founding CEO of ROTTEN TOMATOES (, a leading entertainment website focused on movie reviews and news. Patrick holds a BA in Cognitive Science from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a founding team member of Gold House and an advisor to a number of startups and organizations.

Taiwanese American Film Festival (TAFF) has been held three successful years, scouting top emerging talent and bridging generations and cultures, as a platform for diverse storytelling, serving as the only showcase in the U.S. of films and multimedia by Taiwanese and Taiwanese American filmmakers. The fourth edition of TAFF will be held Online on Oct. 24th, 2020.

Press Contact: Cindy Lu (Executive Director, TAFF)
(562) 644-4225

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8 Taiwanese Indigenous Performing Arts Groups Featured at Arts Midwest + Western Arts Alliance 2020 Conference
With the support from Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture, Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles will participate in the Western Arts Alliance (WAA) Annual Conference for the fourth consecutive year from October 6th to 9th, 2020. Due to the pandemic, this year marks the first virtual conference in collaboration with Arts Midwest. The WAA 2020 Conference continuously takes place in the Western United States as one of the few largest annual conferences. This year, Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles will present the “Taiwan Showcase” website ( in the virtual exhibition hall of the conference. There will be 8 Taiwanese indigenous performing arts groups introduced to professional attendees to create American tour opportunities in the future.

The “Taiwan Showcase” website titled, “Life and Vitality of Indigenous Taiwan,” aims to display how community life nurtures creativity, while fieldwork and the reading of literature and history lay the groundwork for artistic creation. Rooted confidence stemming from the understanding of their own culture through the life and vitality of Taiwan, indigenous artists create works that are not limited by any signs and spaces. Furthermore, these artists are adept at collaborative projects with their lifestyles. The website includes a curatorial background, an introduction and video highlights of each group, and 1 short compilation video. Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles recommends these 8 groups not only for their boundless dance or music works but for the promotion of some ongoing American tour projects as well. These 8 groups include 4 songwriters and singers (Sangpuy, Anu.kaliting.sadipangan, Chalaw pasiwali, and O-KAI Singers), and 4 contemporary dance troupes (Tjimur Dance Theatre, Kuo-Shin Chuang Pangcah Dance Theatre, TAI Body Theatre, and Bulareyaung Dance Company). They guide global viewers through the past and present, traversing the worlds of traditional songs and contemporary performances, and share with them how they work with cultural elements and contemporary issues as they reconstruct the relationship between humans and nature. This website debuts on October 6th and remains available throughout November.

Additionally, the conference will hold a workshop titled, “Re-Opening & Getting to Work - A Look Forward,” on October 9th at 10:00 AM PDT. As Taiwan’s success in fighting COVID-19 has received global recognition, WAA invites Liu Yi-ruu, the General and Artistic Director of National Theater & Concert Hall (NTCH), to be one of the workshop speakers. Liu Yi-ruu will share NTCH’s experience in preparing the venue’s reopening with moderator Matthew Kowal (Co-founder of Majestic Collaboration) and three other speakers including Cole Huling (The Handsome Little Devils), Anna Glass (Executive Director of Dance Theatre of Harlem), and John Zirkle (Executive Director of Warren Miller Performing Arts Center).

WAA was established in 1967 and the majority of its members are performing arts professionals such as artists, managers, agents, and presenters from throughout the Western United States. Each year, the WAA annual conference takes place in August, and since 2017, Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles has been a part of these conferences to promote Taiwanese performing arts groups. This year, Arts Midwest + Western Arts Alliance 2020 On-line Conference includes various activities, such as a virtual exhibition hall, forums, showcases, and workshops. For more information, please visit
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Taiwanese Short Film “Taiwanese CHA CHA CHA” is Selected for CAAMFest in San Francisco
Followed by selection for 2019 San Diego Asian Film Festival and 2020 Austin Asian American Film Festival, Taiwanese short film “Taiwanese CHA CHA CHA” is selected again by 2020 CAAMFest (formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival). The film with the post-screening Q&A will be available on CAAMFest On-Demand through October 14th-18th in the “GLOBAL SNAPSHOTS” program with other international short films. Viewers are able to purchase tickets to access the program, which will be streaming around the world. Welcome to watch the program and the Q&A participated by the director YuHui (Judie) Yang.

The storyline of “Taiwanese CHA CHA CHA” describes two young girls set out for a secret journey against their parents’ will in order to reconnect back with grandpa through Taiwanese. PeiPei, a 16-year-old high school student who lives under the pressure of the upcoming college entrance exam, plans to visit her grandpa who lives in the countryside, but she is worried about her poor Taiwanese that might cause barriers of communication with her grandpa. Xiaoqi, a talented student, tries hard to start her Taiwanese translating career no matter how other people make fun of her and doubt her choice. Their encounter encourages each other, turning the ridiculed and doubted journey into a meaningful and unexpected adventure. The director YuHui (Judie) Yang was graduated from San Francisco State University with a MFA degree in Cinema. Judie’s work focuses on the loss of culture and dialects, the intimate but struggling relationship within a family, and the craft of black comedy.

CAAMFest is presented by the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), a nonprofit organization founded in 1980 dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the international audience for 40 years. Each year in May, CAAMFest presents over 100 works in San Francisco and Oakland, becoming the showcase for new Asian American and Asian film, food and music programs. This year, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, “CAAMFest Online: Heritage at Home” featured over 20 online film screenings from May 13rd to 22nd in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage month. The online film festival “CAAMFest FORWARD” featuring 50 films and 2 drive-in experiences will be held in October.

About Taiwanese CHA CHA CHA
Time: October 14th-18th, 2020

Press Contact:
Vivian Wang
Tel: (213) 403-0168 #103

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