By: Christie Chen
Taipei, Nov. 1 (CNA) A short film about an Italian vampire and his encounter with a Taiwanese taxi driver won the NT$50,000 (US$1,542) top prize at the 2015 Taiwan International Queer Film Festival Sunday.
“The Thrill” (顫慄) by Taiwanese director Hou Chi-jan (侯季然) grabbed the Taiwan Queer Shorts Award’s “Thong Award” at the festival, according to the Taiwan International Media and Educational Association, which is organizing the festival for the second year.
The film is a part of “Taipei Factory II,” a three-part film co-produced by the Taipei Film Commission and Italy’s Rai Cinema. The film comprises three 30-minute shorts by Taiwanese directors in collaboration with Italian actors, covering the genres of thriller, romantic comedy and drama.
Meanwhile, “A Straight Journey: Days and Nights in Their Kingdom” (從黑夜到白天) by a China-based photographer duo nicknamed Masamojo (瑪鯊苗醬) grabbed the NT$30,000 “Brief Award.” To make the film, the duo travelled 11 cities in China to interview 48 gays and lesbians and their families. [FULL STORY]