53rd Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival

Date: 21 – 28 November 2016

Location: Taipei

Partners: Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival Executive Committee

Founded in 2013, the Asian Film Awards Academy (AFA Academy) continues to extend and strengthen its role as a major facilitator and advocate for Asian cinema through its annual Asian Film Awards (AFA) and year-round programs. Since last year, the Academy has kick-started a series of programs with partners around the region and the world to promote and develop Asian cinema through activities with film talents and audiences, including the Awards show, masterclasses, film roadshows, student visits and internship programs.


2015’s Journey to the Fest – Student Visit to the Busan International Film Festival, brought Hong Kong students of film and media-related disciplines to South Korea’s major film event. The young participants networked with peers and professionals from around the region, and found the trip “unforgettable” and helpful for their future career. Continuing this success, the AFA Academy had leaded a seven-day Student Visit to the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival (TGHFF) in 2016.


Initially established to promote Taiwanese cinema in 1962, the Taipei Golden Horse has evolved into a leading film awards ceremony and festival dedicated to Pan-Chinese cinema and a multi-faceted platform for international exchanges for film professionals and cineastes. In addition to watching films, meeting film professionals, attending the Golden Horse Awards’ Ceremony and Red Carpet, and participating in the Golden Horse Film Academy’s activities, the students will also visit the Taipei Film Institute, its film archive, and the Taipei International Documentary Festival to get a wider and deeper perspective of the importance and variety of Taiwanese cinema.

Main events included:

Screenings and After-Screening Discussions with Filmmakers

Period: 21 to 26 November 2016

Student have watched around 10 films of different genres and from different countries co-chosen by TGHFF and AFA Academy.

TGHFF Orientation Meeting

Date: 21 November 2016

Venue: Amba Hotel

Speakers: Christa Chen (Hospitality Manager, TGHFF), Emma Chen (Program Director, TGHFF)

Visit to Spot

Dates: 23 November 2016

Venue: Spot

Speaker: Susan Hsu (Manager of Event & Plans)

Meet with the Press- Director of ‘The Summer is Gone’

Date: 23 November 2016

Venue: Spot

Golden Horse Academy Lectures

Date: 24 November 2016

Venue: Central Motion Picture Co. Studio (C.M.P.C. Studio)

Speaker: Action choreographer Adam Chan Chung-Tai, Gino Yang

Taipei Golden Horse Red Carpet and Awards Ceremony

Date: 26 November 2016

Venue: Taipei Zhongshan Hall

Visit to Taipei Post Production

Date: 25 November 2016

Venue: Taipei Post Production

Speaker: Production Manager of Taipei Post Production

Meet Japanese director Shiraishi Kazuya after the Screening of Twisted Justice.

Meet Singaporean director Boo Junfeng of Apprentice and his production crew at Malaysian Night Cocktail Party.

Meet with cinematographer Christopher Doyle and Hong Kong film critic Ernest Chan Chi Wah.

Meet with Taiwanese actor Cheng Jen-Shuo and actress Xinya An.

Other Journey to the Fest
Jeonju Students participated in the Jeonju International Film Festival in South Korea for the first time. They attended screenings, festival activities, masterclass lectures, and exchanges with filmmakers and festival programmers from all over Asia.
Tokyo The Journey to the Fest student visit has returned to Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) after a five-year hiatus. Students enjoyed chance to exchange ideas with film students and film talents from different Asian countries and regions.
Singapore During SGIFF, students visited film-related institutions to gain understanding and experience of filmmaking history and culture in Singapore.
Tokyo The programme gives Hong Kong students the opportunity to develop their skills and enrich their outlook and experience through the visit to an TIFF.
Busan The Asian Film Awards Academy has organize a Student Visit in Busan, South Korea again!
Taipei Asian Film Awards Academy had leaded a seven-day Student Visit to the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival in 2016.
Busan 12 students from Hong Kong tertiary institutions visited the 20th Busan International Film Festival to develop their skills and enrich their outlook.

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