“Taiwan Night ” held in the 2006 Cannes Film Festival
The “Taiwan Night” sponsored by GIO is held at the night of May 25th at the Majestic Barrier in Cannes. The party is to applaud “Silk” being chosen as one of the Official Selection Feature in the Cannes Film Festival and to promote the 76 Taiwanese films from 45 production houses.
There were roughly 450 guests that night, including the director of “Silk”, Su Chao-Bing, actors Chang Chen, Lin Jia-Xin, Big S, and many important guests in the international film industry. Among them were Cannes Section Parallel curator Jeremy Siegel, Chairman of Nantes Film Festival Alain Jalladeau, Curator of Pusan Film Festival Kim Zhi Yi, Chairman of Lyon Asian Film Festival Jean-Pierre Gimenez and representatives from Film Centre of France CNC International Development Department, Venice Film Festival, Hong Kong Trade Development and Hong Kong Film Studies. Also Hong Kong director Johnny To and wife, Producer Zhang Hui-Qin, renown actor Sammy Yan, Zhang Xiao-Hui, Mainland China director Hou Yong, and many important film distributors from Taiwan, including president of Long Shang Films Wang Ying-Shang and wife, Scholar Films General Manager Tsai Song-Lin and Tai-Chi Present Huang Bao-Yun were presented at the party along with reputable international press such as “Screen International”, “Variety” and ”Global Orient TV” station for media coverage.
The evening began with a “Taiwan Cinema Montage” produced by GIO. The 5 minute short film is to introduce the images of recent young directors and actors and tax benefits and subsidies for the film industry in hoping to co-produce films with international filmmakers.
The evening then continued with a speech from the Taiwanese consulate representative in France, Dr. Yang Zi-Bao, as the host of the evening. He welcomes everyone to this gathering in Cannes to celebrate the glamour for the cooperation of international films. Finally, he thanked all the guests for attending the evening to provide an international exchange of possibilities for Taiwan Cinema to work with the rest of the world. The evening was enjoyable to all the guests who have enjoyed the food and music, The party ended at one o’clock the next morning.