Taiwan to offer funds for international co-productions
Taiwan will introduce $2.5m in grants to support international co-productions filming in the country, starting from January 2015.
The Hollywood Reporter, which broke the story from the AFM, spoke to Jennifer Jao, director of the Taipei Film Commission, who said: "We have a new policy to welcome more and more international co-productions happening in Taiwan.
"We have a new grant especially for international crew to come to Taipei. We have a grant of $1.5m from 1 January. We also have the promotion panel to help co-production. If the production happens in Taipei, we will help you do the marketing. That grant is $1m."
The grant has now been officially launched at the Taiwan Cinema Party at the American Film Market which took place last Saturday (8 November).
At the AFM the film commission also celebrated the launch of two Taiwanese films, Dream Flight by Khan Lee and Barney Cheng’s Baby Steps.
The country has done quite well on the international production scene recently. After shooting some scenes in Beijing, Hong Kong film director John Woo used Taipei and Kaohsiung as the backdrop for his big budget feature film The Crossing (2014), written by Hui-Ling Wang.
French director Luc Besson filmed Lucy, starring Scarlett Johannson (pictured), in Taipei in October 2013. And Ang Lee's 3D feature Life of Pi used the country – in which the director was born - for shooting in 2012.