The spirit of love that stimulates creativity and enhances culture
International exchange feast in October: Kaohsiung Film Festival
In 1895, when people first saw a movie, they got up and ran away when they saw a train on the screen coming towards them. More than 100 years later, people already know the train isn’t real. However, we still follow the image on the screen, crying and laughing. From "watching" movies to "experiencing" movies, our imagination and the richness of life have increased.
This year's Kaohsiung Film Festival offers a special viewing experience for moviegoers. The film festival combines Kaohsiung's unique landscape and culture, inviting the audience to watch the VR film of Japanese Shinyo motorboats during World War II and view the special exhibition of "Light and Shadow of Battle History" in the tunnel of Sizihwan. A 20-hour marathon screening of PILI Fantasy: War of Dragons will be held to create a special memory for fans of puppetry on National Day. "Let the movie move! French animation workshop" is a parent-child activity of 3D books and homemade animation from France, which combines education with image experience.
With the rapid development of movie-watching technology, Kaohsiung is a pioneer in the development of VR (virtual reality) in Taiwan. In late August, Hollywood's leading media company Variety reported on the VR industry in Taiwan, affirming Kaohsiung's commitment to nurturing young VR talent. The report also introduced the "VR FILM LAB" in the Pier-2 Art Center, the first VR cinema in Taiwan to play 8K video, making Kaohsiung well-known on the international stage.
Kaohsiung International Short Film Competition of the Kaohsiung Film Festival has been held for nine years. It is the largest international short film competition and short film festival in Taiwan and in the top three in Asia. A total of 4,750 films from 118 countries participated in the competition this year, and 70 short films from 28 countries were selected by domestic and foreign jury members as finalists to compete for 16 awards, with total prizemoney of NT$2 million.
The theme of the festival this year is "forbidden love", focusing on love, thinking about the diversity of human nature, and showing the attitude of pursuing freedom. The film festival features the works of masters from different eras and emerging artists to lead thoughts trends and open up new paths.
In October, we invite you to watch movies, follow the stars, participate in the film festival, and fall in love with Kaohsiung.