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Chiayi International Art Doc Film Festival 2022 “No Time for Less” kicks off!

  • PostDate:2022-03-17

March 11, 2022

Cultural Affairs Bureau / Tourism and Information Department

 

        This year is the 9th Chiayi International Art Doc Film Festival (CIADFF). The theme “No Time for Less” focuses on the time where the past, the present and the future intertwined in the art space. The opening ceremony today was held at Cultural Square of Cultural Affairs Bureau, Chiayi City Government. The film The Diplomats Cut a Record: A Lost History of Taiwan's Rock 'n' Roll '80s directed by David Frazier playing at the opening ceremony tells the story of rock bands formed by Western exchange students in the 80s during the Martial Law. The other 2 short films played during the ceremony were Loba Loba directed by Anka Schmid and Piz Regolith directed by Yannick Mosimann. There was also a music performance by the handpanist Angus Lee and the celloist Deng-kai Wu.

        Ming-hui Huang, the mayor of Chiayi City, appreciates the effort made by the artistic director Ming-chuan Huang. A number of guests are invited to CIADFF every year, and the event remains big this year despite the pandemic. Art is always something to start a conversation with, and it exists in different countries, eras and generations. People will be able to see astounding documentaries and attend lectures from today to March 27.

        Ming-chuan Huang, the artistic director, states: “It isn’t easy that CIADFF has come to the 9th year and there are always film directors and hosts from different places attending the event. Things change too fast and the theme ‘No Time for Less’ presents the core value of the event to get people to have a profound experience.” An international art doc film festival focuses on the connection of different countries. Chiayi City is one step closer to be part of the global village thanks to CIADFF.

        The 7 programs for the festival include: Silent Battle, Minority, Hot Art on Skin, Social Emulsion, Swiss Arts at Height, Three Minutes Video Competition, and International Art Shorts organized by Hui-yu Su, the guest curator. The festival combines the elements of art and films, and it brings more energy of art for people to exchange ideas,

        The festival collects 53 artistic documentaries from all over the world. There are 14 world premieres, 13 Asian premieres, 13 Taiwan premieres and 8 film festival premieres. Documentaries build up the bridge between Chiayi and the world and the festival provides a platform for art during the pandemic outbreak.

        The program “Swiss Arts at Height” collects 6 Swiss documentaries. The opening ceremony was attended by guests such as Reto Renggli the director of Trade Office of Swiss Industries, Miguel Magalhães the director of Commercial Office of Brazil, Tania Berchem the executive director of Luxembourg Trade and Investment Office Taipei, and Geoffrey Eekhout the Deputy Director of Belgian Office.

        There are lectures and forums during the festival. David Fraizer will give the keynote speech “How to Tell Taiwan’s Story? – 20 Years of the Urban Nomad Film Fest and Documentaries in Taiwan.” The discussion Forum “Why Does Artist Video-making Become Popular?” with speakers Jui-Chung Yao, Chi-yu Liao and Yi-chi Lin is open to all the film enthusiasts.

        Chiayi International Art Doc Film Festival runs from March through March 27. Films will play at Chiayi Municipal Museum, Chiayi Old Prison and Courage Bookshop on weekends during the event. For more information, please visit the official website (https://2022.chiayi.film/), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ciadff) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/ciadff).