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TPNWCP Chen Singing Series 陳芯宜系列: Chen Singing's Director's Q&A

Director Chen Singing

Date: 2 July 2021Time: 1:30 PM

Finishes: 2 July 2021Time: 3:30 PM

Venue: Virtual Event

Type of Event: Virtual Event

*This event will be held online through Microsoft Teams.

Links to this online Q&A session will also be posted across the Centre's social media channels.

Chen Singing Q&A

In this special Q&A session, Director Chen Singing will join our Taiwan Post-New Wave Cinema Project audience to answer questions on her featured works and share her perspective on Taiwanese film and Taiwan's Post-New Wave.

Director Chen Singing

Director Chen Singing is a film visual artist whose works cover multiple disciplines, such as feature films, documentaries, experimental films and film scores, through which she expresses her long-term observation of contemporary society and portrays her profound depiction of people, characters and their living situations. She is also an expert in adopting the magic realism approach to highlight the absurdity of reality and society in order to highlight bigger societal issues. For her, there are no boundaries between the disciplines of drama and documentary, or reality and fiction, as they are not antonyms. They are merely aspects of media for her to explore the essence of life.

Her 2014 documentary The Walkers, took ten years to record one of the most significant Taiwanese dancing institutions, Legend Lin Dance Theatre. The film has received mush critical acclaim and was nominated for the Golden Horse Award and the Taiwan International Documentary Festival. Her 2007 film, God, Man, Dog, was selected for The Forum at the Berlin Film Festival, and subsequently awarded the Tagesspiegel Readers’ Prize for Best Film. It was nominated in three categories and screened at more than thirty film festivals including at Pusan and Fribourg. In 2000, her 16mm feature film, Bundled, won the Best Drama and Best New Director awards at the Taipei Film Festival, the Best Original Film Song at the Golden Horse Awards, the Ecumenical Jury Award and the Prix du Jury de la presse politique at the Festival International de Films de Fribourg while being screened at dozens of film festivals.

Director's Filmography

Body Talk (2018)

In Trance We Gaze (2018)

2020 Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival: Taiwan Competition Nominee

The Moving Tent (2018)

2018 Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival: Merit Prize Nominee

Ways Into Love (2015)

The Walkers (2014)

2014 51st Golden Horse Awards: Best Documentary Nominee
2014 Taipei Film Festival: Festival Prize Nominee
2014 Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival: Audience Award
2014 Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival: Grand Prize Nominee
2014 Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival: Taiwan Grand Prize Nominee


The Pig (2014)

2014 Taipei Film Festival: Festival Prize Best Short Film Nominee

Mountain Spirits (2014)

2015 Seattle International Film Festival: Documentary Award Nominee
2015 Taipei Film Festival: Festival Prize Best Documentary Nominee
2014 Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival: Taiwan Grand Prize Nominee

When Yesterday Comes (2012) (The Clock segment)

2013 Golden Harvest Awards for Outstanding Short Films: Best Fiction Short


God Man Dog (2007)

2008 Asian Film Awards: Best Actor Nominee
2008 Berlin International Film Festival: Reader Jury of the "Tagesspiegel"
2008 Durban International Film Festival: Best Screenplay
2008 Fribourg International Film Festival: E-Changer Award
2008 Fribourg International Film Festival: Grand Prix Nominee
2008 Taipei Film Festival: Grand Prize Nominee
2007 44th Golden Horse Awards: Best Original Screenplay Nominee
2007 44th Golden Horse Awards: Best Film Editing Nominee
2007 44th Golden Horse Awards: Best Art Direction Nominee
2007 Pusan International Film Festival: New Currents Award Nominee


Bundled (2001)

2001 Fribourg International Film Festival: ACAT "Human Rights" Special Award
2001 Fribourg International Film Festival: Ecumenical Jury Award
2001 Fribourg International Film Festival: Grand Prix Nominee
2000 37th Golden Horse Awards: Best Original Film Song
2000 37th Golden Horse Awards: Best New Performer
2000 Taipei Film Festival: International New Talent Competition, Best Drama & Most Promising Director

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