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‘Chewing Gum’ Wins Grand Prize At Taiwan’s Golden Horse Project Market

Taiwan’s Golden Horse Film Project Promotion (FPP) has wrapped with Lee Yi-shan’s debut feature Chewing Gum winning the Grand Prize, which comes with a cash award of $32,000 (TWD1M). 

The project is about a young boxer from the lower rungs of society who redefines herself through the struggles of her spiritual journey. 

The prize was presented by a three-person jury comprising Taiwanese actor and director Chen Yi-wen; Taipei-based, Hong Kong-born producer Jeffrey Chan (Eye Of The Storm, The Pig, The Snake And The Pigeon) and Hong Kong producer and distributor Winnie Tsang (The Way We Dance, Far Far Away). 

The three judges praised Chewing Gum for its “wonderful character depictions, including their relationships, attitudes, and various aspects of their lives, which feel absurd but also very real.”

Golden Horse FPP has separate sections for in development features, works-in-progress and in development series. In the series section, Netflix presented its Emerging Storyteller Award to Calendar Studios’ It’s Showtime!, produced by Jin Pai-lunn and scripted by Wu Yi-chien (see full list of award winners below). 

Golden Horse Film Project Promotion (FPP) winners:

Grand Prize [TWD1M in cash]:
Chewing Gum – Director: LEE Yi-shan, Screenwriter: LEE Yi-shan
Executive Producer: HO Ping, Producer: LIN Yu-yeh, KUO Ming-jung
Production Company: The Handyman, Island X Pictures Co

CNC Cash Award [EUR8,000]:
Endless Tenderness – Director & Screenwriter: Rita HUI Nga-shu
Producer: Peter YAM
Production Company: 70 Plus Production Company

Taipei Golden Creativity Award [TWD 600,000]:
That Burning House – Director & Screenwriter: TSAI Yin-chuan
Executive Producer: Isaac LI, LEE Yi-fang, Producer: Eric YEH
Production Company: The Movie Bird Films

TAICCA Original Award [TWD 600,000]:
Little Lover – Director: TSAI Yi-fen, Screenwriter: TSAI Yi-fen, CHEN Cheng-yu
Executive Producer: CHANG Chia-lu, CHANG Feng-mei, Producer: Sylvia SHIH Yea-chun
Production Company: Even Pictures

My Phoenix Sister – Director: KAO Huai-ju, Screenwriter: WENG Chih-ching, KAO Huai-ju
Executive Producer: CHEN Yu-hsun, Producer: HSIEH Chun-yao, Fenda LYN
Production Company: JL 19films

Chewing Gum – Director: LEE Yi-shan, Screenwriter: LEE Yi-shan
Executive Producer: HO Ping, Producer: LIN Yu-yeh, KUO Ming-jung
Production Company: The Handyman, Island X Pictures Co

FPP Visionary Award [$12,000]:
A Woman Builds – Director: HUANG Ji, OTSUKA Ryuji, Screenwriter: HUANG Ji, OTSUKA Ryuji
Producer: OTSUKA Ryuji, KUO Ming-jung, Fran BORGIA
Production Company: Island X Pictures Co, YGP-Film, Akanga Film Asia

Hakka Creative Award [TWD 400,000]:
Mindgration – Director: NG Ka-leung, Screenwriter: Felix TSANG
Producer: Felix TSANG
Production Company: Haven Productions

Hua Yi Pictures Award [TWD 300,000]:
Anomalies – Director: If CHEN, Screenwriter: YEH Nai-ching
Producer: Cody HUANG, Jasmine PARK
Production Company: Type Writers Co

Genesis Wave Film Creative Award [TWD500,000 cash & TWD1M in-kind]
Grandma Loves You – Director: FAN Chung-chi, Screenwriter: FAN Chung-chi
Executive Producer: CHANG Ning, Producer: TSAI Jia-yin
Production Company: Tua-Tshut Films

Golden Horse WIP winners:

Taipei New Horizon Screenplay Award [TWD 400,000]:
Pierce – Director: Nelicia LOW, Screenwriter: Nelicia LOW
Producer: Sam CHUA Weishi, Jeremy CHUA, Patrick Mao HUANG, John M LO, Izabela IGEL
Production Company: Pōtocol, Flash Forward Entertainment, Harine Films

Activator Market Potential Award [TWD 300,000 in-kind]:
Hearing from the Dolphin – Director: ZHANG Hong-jie, Screenwriter: ZHANG Hong-jie
Executive Producer: HUNG Chun-hsiu, Producer: TING Chung-ying
Production Company: Ruddy Production Co

Golden Horse Series Winners:

Netflix Emerging Storyteller Award [TWD 500,000]:
It’s Showtime! – Producer: JIN Pai-lunn, Screenwriter: WU Yi-chien
Director: YIN Chen-hao
Production Company: Calendar Studios Co

MyVideo Creative Series Award [TWD 300,000]:
N.Y.E. Rhapsodies – Producer: CHEN Lin-shur, Joy CHIOU, Screenwriter: LIEN Chun-chien, Pohan LEE, Jade LIEN
Director: LIEN Chun-chien
Production Company: Dottodot Ltd.

Catchplay International Spotlight Award [TWD 300,000]:
The Fixers – Producer: Benjamin LIN, Cora YIM, Screenwriter: SHIH Hong-ru
Director: HUNG Tzu-hsuan
Production Company: Calfilms Asia

Glory Creative Series Award [TWD 300,000]:
Before We Were Monsters – Producer: LIN Shih-ken, LIN I-ling, HSIAO Wei-hsuan, Screenwriter: LIAO Hung-hsing
Production Company: Outland Film Production

Judicial Creative Series Award [TWD 350,000]:
Before We Were Monsters – Producer: LIN Shih-ken, LIN I-ling, HSIAO Wei-hsuan, Screenwriter: LIAO Hung-hsing
Production Company: Outland Film Production

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