Taiwan-Japan documentary After the Snowmelt and Filipino fantasy feature Mother Maybe were presented with the TAICCA X CNC Awards at the close of the pitching forum at Taiwan Creative Content Fest (TCCF). Both awards came with a cash prize of $30,000.
Organized by Taiwan Creative Content Agency (TAICCA), TCCF’s Pitching event handed out awards worth nearly $200,000. TAICCA chairperson Homme Tsai said this was possible as the agency had “actively collaborated with South Korea, France, Japan and the three major telecommunications companies in Taiwan. Our goal is to provide creators with more funding while seeking additional international collaboration opportunities.”
Initially, the event had planned to only hand out one TAICCA X CNC Award, in partnership with French national film agency CNC, but announced at the end of the ceremony that, due to the high quality of submissions, it would hand out two awards.
Taiwan-Japan co-production After The Snowmelt is a tribute from director Lo Yi-Shan to her best friend Chu, who passed away while trekking in Nepal. Accepting the award, Lo said there are not many opportunities for documentary pitches in Taiwan and thanked TCCF for adding a doc pitching section.
Mother Maybe is a fantasy drama that mixes Filipino folklore with a universal message of finding your own family and place in the world. “This is our first film market and my first time in Taiwan but I’m glad this story resonated with a lot of people. It’s quite personal but also a little crazy,” said producer Arden Rod Condez. The project also received the Taichung Action Award and the MPA Grand Award.
Another multiple award winner was revenge thriller drama series Maid Of Vengeance, directed by David Chuang (Danger Zone), which received the Chunghwa Telecom Award and the Series Mania Award.
Taiwan-Hong Kong supernatural drama Appetite For Desire received the MIFFEST Award, Choice of Deep Waters Award and Taipei International Film Award (see full list of award winners below).
PROJECT TO SCREEN GRAND AWARDS:
TAICCA X CNC Award ($30,000): After The Snowmelt (Hope Content Marketing Co)
TAICCA X CNC Award ($30,000): Mother Maybe (E&W Films & Southern Lantern Studios)
Chunghwa Telecom Award (NT$600,000): Maid Of Vengeance (Universe Of Ladies Co)
PROJECT TO SCREEN: FEATURE FILMS
Taipei International Film Award (NT$300,000): Appetite For Desire (Circle Luna, Content Digital Film Co, Flash Forward Entertainment)
Taichung Action Award (NT$300,000): Mother Maybe (E&W Films & Southern Lantern Studios)
KFA Original Award (NT$300,000): Mr. Tiger (Content Digital Film Co, Rediron Film Co, Volos Films)
Choice of Deep Waters Award (NT$150,000): Appetite For Desire (Circle Luna, Content Digital Film Co, Flash Forward Entertainment)
MIFFEST Award (provision of post-production services worth $30,000): Appetite For Desire (Circle Luna, Content Digital Film Co, Flash Forward Entertainment)
MPA Grand Award (participation in Global Film & Television Immersion Program 2024): Mother Maybe (E&W Films & Southern Lantern Studios)
Udine FEFF Award (participation in Focus Asia 2024): A Ballad Of Long Hair (Sinema 5, Akanga Film Asia)
PROJECT TO SCREEN: SERIES
MyVideo Initiative Award (NT$300,000): Before We Were Monsters (Outland Film Production)
Hakka TV Award (NT$300,000): I Wish You Happiness (Storyable Co)
Warner Bros Discovery Spotlight Award (NT$300,000): It’s Showtime! (Calendar Studios Co)
Series Mania Award (participation in Series Mania): Maid Of Vengeance (Universe Of Ladies Co)
PROJECT TO SCREEN: DOCUMENTARY FEATURE AND SERIES
CCDF Award International Award (participation in the 2024 CNEX Chinese Doc Forum): Queer As Punk
Docs by the Sea Prize (participation in Docs by the Sea Forum): We Live Underground (Across Film)
Documentary Association of Europe Award International Award (producer & director receive membership in European Documentary Network and consultation with a film sales advisor): Queer As Punk
PROJECT TO SCREEN: ANIMATION FEATURE AND SERIES
Muse Animation Award (NT$300,000): Favorable Wind Ears (Xanthus Animation Studio)
FUBON Momo Mini Award (NT$300,000): Fresh Truck (Muteam Workshop Co)
ATF* TTB Award (participation in ATF x TTB Animation Lab and Pitch Animation Workshop: Brian (Brilliant Animation Studios, Whatube Studios)
STORY TO SCREEN
TCCF Award: Best Story (NT$100,000): A Trip To The Asylum: The World Is A Madhouse (Slowork Publishing, The Grayhawk Agency)
TCCF Award: Best Story (NT$100,000): A Sketch In Scarlet (Links Publishing, Mystery Creation Co)
TCCF Award: Best Story (NT$100,000): Peenky Promise (Naver Webtoon)
FriDay Video Original Story Award (NT$300,000): Second Woman (Sun Color Culture Co, The Grayhawk Agency)
Gamania Star Adaptation Award (NT$100,000): The Subordinate Leasing Program (Kadokawa Taiwan Corporation)
iMoon Good Story Award (NT$100,000): Murderer Of Us (Beans Books, Co)
Set TV Next Star Award (NT$100,000): The Gap Year (Sharp Point Press, The Grayhawk Agency)
EBC Original screenplay Award (NT$100,000): A Sketch In Scarlet (Links Publishing, Mystery Creation Co)
GTV Best Originality Award Cash Prize (NT$100,000): The Gap Year (Sharp Point Press, The Grayhawk Agency)
TVBS Storytelling Impact Grand Award (NT$100,000): Second Woman (Sun Color Culture Co, The Grayhawk Agency)