Taipei, March 31 (CNA) International directors or producers who have won awards at large second-tier film festivals will receive subsidies when shoot all or part of a movie in Taipei, a city official said Thursday.
Chung Yung-feng (鍾永豐), the head of the city's Department of Cultural Affairs who is currently with Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) on a visit to India, announced the incentive at a Taipei Night event held at Taj Mahal Hotel in New Delhi.
The mayor is on a one-week visit to promote tourism in Taipei and the 2017 Universiade that will be hosted by the city. He has already visited Malaysia and Thailand.
The Cultural Affairs Department explained that the city budgets US$1 million a year to subsidize film productions and always provides administrative assistance to filming crews.
That could include help during film shoots such as controlling traffic or processing film scene applications and working visas or transporting film equipment.
When the film opens at theaters, the city also helps promote it.
In the past, Chung said, the city has only subsidized directors and producers who have won awards at the most prestigious Cannes, Venice and Berlin film festivals or at the Academy Awards.
But this year, the subsidy will be extended to those who have won awards at second-tier festivals, such as the Sundance, Busan, Toronto and Tokyo film festivals, to entice more international filmmakers to come to Taipei.
Chung stressed that the city will help apply for tax breaks for enterprises that sponsor international film crews or for international TV and film crews that come to Taipei to work.
(By Liu Chien-pang and Lilian Wu)