Date: May 17, 2017
By: Sean Lin / Staff reporter
New Party Taipei City Councilor Chen Yan-po (陳彥伯) yesterday said that the Taipei Department of Cultural Affairs handed out large subsidies for the production of films that were never screened, or those whose box-office showings failed to justify the funding.
Chen presented a list of 24 films made from 2011 to last year that were never shown publicly or were box-office flops at a Taipei City Council question-and-answer session with department Commissioner Chung Yung-feng (鍾永豐).
The movies were subsidized by the Taipei Film Commission, which is overseen by the department.
Two films — Shen Tong (神通) and Sai Mo Dian (賽末點) — were completed in late 2015, but have not been screened, despite each receiving NT$1.5 million (US$49,809) in subsidies, Chen said. [FULL STORY]