The 2007 Taipei Film Festival (台北電影節) opens on Friday 22 June. It features 280 feature films, documentaries, animation and shorts from around the world.
The festival has a competition and non-competition section. The competition section has an international competition for new talent and the Taipei Grand Awards for independent film makers in Taiwan. Both sections offer a NT$1 million prize to the winner. The non-competition section features films from Denmark as well as other feature films, shorts and documentaries.
This year's festival includes screenings in Taipei County at the Taipei County Auditorium in Banqiao. The other locations for the screenings are Zhongshan Hall and In89 Cinema in Ximending and the Metropolitan Hall in Bade Road. There are also two outdoor film screenings at the Taipei Cinema Park on 29 and 30 June.
In addition to film screenings the festival also has a display of movie posters and stills on the fourth floor of Starbucks, 51 Hanzhong Street, Ximending (台北市萬華區漢中街51號4樓 (西門町)) until 9 July. On 3 July there will be a panel discussion at the Taipei Artist Village （台北國際藝術村）. Representatives of the Korean and French film industries will discuss the making of a cinematic city.
The Taipei Film Festival runs until 9 July. Most of the films have Chinese and English subtitles, but please check the official website to be sure. Tickets are available through ERA ticket outlets or at www.ticket.com.tw.