Golden Horse Film Festival Boss Wen Tien-hsiang on Keeping up With the Times
Wen Tien-hsiang is one of the few film festival bosses who have been able to go ahead with an in-person event this year. He spoke with Variety to describe the challenges that remain.
Variety: What are the conditions that have allowed the GHFF to go ahead as an in-person event this year?
Wen Tien-hsiang: Good control of the COVID-19 situation in Taiwan has enabled this. And with fewer new-released films in theaters, the Golden Horse Film Festival offers an even better chance to see many new films. Therefore, we are attracting bigger audiences. But we still have to obey the strict rules of mask-wearing and body temperature checking.
Has the GHFF adopted any practices from the virtual or online festivals that have been held in other territories.
All of our films are still screened in theaters, with approximately 60 Q&As with filmmakers attending in-person. And there are three online Q&As. Thirty overseas filmmakers have undergone mandatory 14-day quarantine in order to attend the festival.
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