The spotlight was recently on Quebec films in Kaohsiung and Taipei as the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei (CTOT) collaborated with the Kaohsiung International Film Festival and Montreal-based Ciné Tapis Rouge, the major film festival event focusing on Quebec films in Taiwan since 2006.
The film festival, one of Taiwan’s largest, set the stage for the CTOT to promote Canadian arts, cultural industries and education.
The exciting “Focus on Quebec” program showcased five films, nine shorts, and a delegation of seven film professionals from Quebec. All seven filmmakers participated in nine post-screening discussions that included over 500 Taiwanese film-goers.
These discussions and featured films highlighted Canadian values of diversity and openness, and Quebec’s linguistic distinctiveness, tourist attractions, food and festivals. These topics were well-received by the diverse audience.
The well-attended event allowed the CTOT to promote Canada's vibrant cultural industries and film studies programs. Valuable and meaningful connections were made, including a dialogue between a Canadian director of the indigenous film "Before the Street" and members of Taiwan's indigenous arts community.
Collaborations deepened the CTOT’s network of contacts, sparked dialogue amongst partners and created more opportunities for future projects in the lead-up to Canada’s 150th anniversary.