Taiwanese films showcased in preview of postponed London festival

London, Some Taiwanese films that were supposed to be featured in the inaugural Queer East Film Festival in London were instead shown online Saturday because the event was postponed to later this year.

A total of nine films from Taiwan, including features, shorts, animation and documentaries, were supposed to be screened at the festival, which was originally scheduled to open Saturday, according to the organizers.

The nine films include Huang Hui-chen’s (黃惠偵) “Small Talk,” which won the Teddy Award for Best Documentary at the 2017 Berlinale, and “Gentleman Spa” directed by Yu Jhi-Han (游智涵).

The festival director and programmer, Wang Yi (王裔), said the festival is aimed at showcasing LGBTQ+ cinema from East and Southeast Asia, and Taiwan was chosen to be one of the focal points because the country became the first in Asia to recognize gay marriage in May 2019.

Although the festival was postponed to a unspecified time later in the year because cinemas were shut down by the COVID-19 epidemic, organizers decided to put on an online event — “QE: HomeSexual” instead.

The online event, which will run indefinitely, comprises 17 films from nine countries, and viewers can gain access to the full package of films on the streaming website Vimeo for a price of 3.99 pounds (US$5.00).

All proceeds will go to independent cinemas partnering with the festival this year, organizers said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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