2016 Kaohsiung Film Festival (KFF) closed on November 6 (Sunday). This year, the KFF had a total of 244 screening sessions, inviting more than 40 groups of film workers to Taiwan, and had 54 sessions sold out with the total revenue of over 3 million dollars, reaching a new record in 16 years. With the goal of making "a base of short films," KFF this year added new screening sessions at SPOT Huashan, Taipei, for the first time, and had more than 50% seats sold in most sessions, while all sessions of "Kaohsiung Shorts" and "Taiwan Shorts" being sold out. The "KFF Cloud Cinema" Application, which is a KFF exclusive application that providing 100 short films for viewers whenever and wherever for 3 years in a row, also had over 20,000 users with more than 300,000 visitors. 12 award-winning short films remained screening on the App until November 13.
The 2016 KFF had earned a great revenue of more than 3 million dollars. Taiwan films sessions, including opening/closing films of Forêt Debussy and The Mad King of Taipei, Packages from Daddy, Black Sheep, City of Jade and 12 "Kaohsiung Shorts, " were all sold out. 8 sessions of "Kaohsiung Shorts," which focused on Kaohsiung, in both Northern and Southern Taiwan were also sold out. With Kazuyoshi KUMAKIRI, Shota MATSUDA, Isao YUKISADA, SABU, Miwa NISHIKAWA and Shinichi KUDO personally visiting Taiwan for KFF, the most popular Japanese film sessions, including DIAS-POLICE, Pink and Gray, Happiness, The Long Excuse, The Blue Hearts and The Kodai Family, were all sold out. The closing film, Louder Than Bombs, along with Swiss Army Man, and two Hong Kong films of Robbery and Raise The Umbrellas were also extremely popular with lots of viewers. "Filmmaker in Focus" also provided film lovers with works of Andrzej ZULAWSKI, Kazuyoshi KUMAKIRI, Liang YING, QUAY Brothers and Yi-Ching LU to see their developments, leading viewers to the starting points of their inspiration.
Aiming to make "a base of short films" of Taiwan, 2016 Kaohsiung Film Festival had screened 188 short films, 98 of which were premiered in Taiwan. At the same time, 2,565 participants from 87 countries had applied for KFF International Short Film Competition, the second biggest short film competition in Asia, and 72 titles, including 3 world premiere and 18 Asia premiere, were selected as finalists. In addition to "International Short Film Competition," KFF this year also cooperated with Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (France), Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia of (Japan), Sapporo Short Fest (Japan), Show Me Shorts Film Festival (New Zealand), Ciné Tapis Rouge (Canada) and Portuguese Film Agency (Portugal) to offer diversified short films. Allying with multiple foreign film festivals, Kaohsiung Film Festival helps Taiwanese shorts to enter the global market.
Kaohsiung Film Festival has always been balanced in choosing films for audience of all ages, generations, genders and classes in the hope of adding cultural values to Kaohsiung, while promoting the tourism of Kaohsiung. Film lovers from Kaohsiung and other parts of Taiwan were all excited for the 17 days of the festival, which closed recently with positive feedback from viewers and critics. KFF aims to build "a base of short films of Taiwan," and welcomes any short film work to apply for "Kaohsiung Shorts" and "International Short Film Competition." We also invite all movie lovers and partners to share your warm memories and thoughts of KFF with us in photos and texts on our official site: http://www.kff.tw/ and our Facebook Fan Page: 【高雄電影節粉絲團】.