Festival Film Dokumenter Overseas Project
In an attempt to reach out and interact with the film industry of Southeast Asia, the Taiwan International Documentary Festival (Taiwan Film Institute, now the Taiwan Film & Audiovisual Institute) collaborated with the Festival Film Dokumenter (FFD) in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The FFD decided to screen four documentaries from Taiwan screening and also invited Director Lau Kek-Huat for two panel discussions.
In recent years, Taiwan's documentaries have had limited exposure in Southeast Asian countries, especially when compared to the exposure that Japanese or South Korean documentaries have enjoyed. Southeast Asian audiences, therefore, are fairly unfamiliar with video works from Taiwan or Taiwan's society in general. To share the video aesthetics of Taiwan’s documentaries, the 2019 FFD selected four Taiwanese documentaries that spotlight issues resonating strongly with Indonesia for screening at the festival in Yogyakarta. Documentaries selected were Ho Chao-Ti's Turning 18, Fu Yue's Our Youth in Taiwan, Lau Kek-Huat'sThe Tree Remembers,and Shen Ko-Shang'sLOVE Talk.Director Lau Kek-huat was also invited for two panel discussions: one with faculty and students from the Faculty of Recording Media Arts at the Indonesia Institute of the Arts of Yogyakarta and the second with public audiences at the screening. In addition to film screenings, the TIDF team also took advantage of the opportunity to observe the development of documentaries in Southeast Asia and reach out to Southeast Asian film directors/ producers for potential collaboration in the future.
One of Asia's longest-standing documentary festivals, the Taiwan International Documentary Festival is a biennial event that looks for innovative documentaries with unique viewpoints relevant to social and human interests and encourages reflection and experiments on the aesthetics of documentaries. The TIDF is also one of the major projects undertaken by the Taiwan Film & Audiovisual Institute (formerly the Taiwan Film Institute and Taiwan Film Archive).
Founded and hosted annually since 2002, the Festival Film Dokumenter in Yogyakarta is the event of the year for documentary creators in Indonesia, the first documentary festival in Indonesia and Southeast Asia, and an important platform for the screening, exchange, and knowledge production of documentaries.