Taiwan’s Government Information Office (GIO), which regulates the film industry, opened its coffers for the first time in 2003 to international co-productions; at the end of 2005, GIO upped the amount of coin available specifically to encourage more of these joint productions. Upshot is that any foreign company whose production costs in Taiwan exceed $1 million is eligible for government subsidies of up to 20% of expenses. Total subsidy depends on factors such as the number of locals working on the production. Most often, local production companies seek foreign financing on Chinese-language pics aimed at the pan-Asian market. Established directors Hou Hsiao-hsien and Tsai Ming-liang — each with his own production house — often work with Japanese or French financing, and routinely win big government subsidies. Most other international co-productions involve a Hong Kong partner. For foreign producers interested in participating, first step is contacting GIO, which is currently in an extremely receptive and helpful mood.
- Government Information Office’s Dept. of Motion Pictures: Phone: +88 6 2 3356 7858; Contact: Peggy Chou, director
- Digimax: Web: digimax.com. tw; Phone: +88 6 2 2785 9050, ext. 1212; Contact: T.J. Yang
Digimax is perhaps the most respected and experienced post-production house in Taiwan, offering what it calls a “complete pipeline” through the post-production process. Founded in 1990, the company really came into its own after 2000 and currently offers a range of inhouse facilities and expertise, from editing suites and sound recording studios to a topnotch visual effects team. Digimax’s calling card, its computer-generated effects, has been spotlighted in the Chinese-language pics “Princess D” and “The Legend of the Sacred Stone.” Sister production company Pandasia actively seeks international co-production opportunities.