13th‌ ‌Taiwan‌ ‌International‌ ‌Documentary‌ ‌Festival‌ ‌(TIDF)‌ ‌ Announces‌ ‌Competition‌ ‌Shortlist, Opening Film‌ and Key Visual

Taipei--‌ ‌The‌ ‌13th‌ ‌‌Taiwan‌ ‌International‌ ‌Documentary‌ ‌Festival‌ ‌(TIDF),‌ ‌‌to‌ ‌be‌‌ ‌‌held‌ ‌from‌ ‌May‌ ‌6‌ ‌to‌ ‌May‌ ‌15 ‌in‌ ‌Taipei, announced‌ ‌the‌ ‌shortlists‌ ‌for‌ ‌its‌ ‌three‌ ‌competition sections, ‌the‌ ‌‌Asian‌ ‌Vision‌ ‌‌Competition, the International ‌Competition,  ‌ and the ‌Taiwan ‌‌Competition. Taiwanese director HUNG Chun-Hsiu’s film Remember Me, portraying the recent history of Kinmen Island in the Taiwan Strait, was selected as the opening film to kick off the festival on May, 6th.

The‌ ‌biannual‌ ‌festival‌ ‌had‌ ‌attracted‌ 1,896 competition ‌submissions‌ ‌from‌ ‌125 ‌countries‌ ‌and‌ ‌regions, 43 films were shortlisted, with 15 entries in each section. ‌“TIDF has always been a window to the world”, ‌said‌ ‌the Programme Director‌ ‌Wood‌ LIN, ‌“Through our selection, we hope that audiences can see what has been happening around the world in the past two years. They cover a broad range of social and political issues and carry strong, unique documentary aesthetics. We are proud of the regional diversity, and very grateful to all filmmakers for their trust in TIDF.”

The Asia Vision Competition features works from East to West Asia. Many of them are dealing with topics of deep humanistic concern, from the struggle for democracy in Hong Kong, memories of the Korean war, the plight of Syrian refugees, to the dismal situation of Kurdish migrants in Tokyo. As the competition encompasses titles of all lengths and forms, the programme also includes several short films with strong narrative and unique viewpoints.

Selected titles in the International Competition shortlist spanning Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Asia, expanding the boundaries of documentary through their narrative perspectives and innovative aesthetic forms. Taiwanese film also stands strong this year with LEE Yong-chao’s (Blood Amber, 2014) Rain in 2020 being shortlisted in both International and Taiwan Competition.

The Taiwan Competition received 198 submissions, a stable number of productions for the industry in Taiwan. Four World Premieres are among the competition finalists, Broca’s Aphasia by SU Ming-yen (also nominated for the Taiwan Competition in the 12th TIDF for his previous work Flow), A Silent Gaze by HUANG Hsin-yao, The Islands by CHIANG Wei-hua, and Remember Me by HUNG Chun-hsiu which will be screened as the festival’s opening film.

The ‌2022‌ ‌TIDF‌ ‌key‌ ‌visual‌ has also been released, which was done by ‌designer-‌‌artist‌ ‌Faye, who also did the TIDF key visual last year. Her creative design takes ‌inspiration‌ ‌from‌ ‌the short film Still on My Mind by Thai director Jittarin WUTHIPHAN, to be shown in the TIDF ''Documemory'' section, and combines the scenes with elements of the famous ghosts-series by US artist Angela DEANE. ‌‌

‌The 13th TIDF will be held from 6 May to 15 May 2022 at SPOT Huashan, the Taiwan Film and Audiovisual Institute, the C-LAB and other Venues.

The‌ full line-up of almost 150 films will ‌be announced ‌soon, and we are looking forward to another exciting festival of documentary art!