TAIWAN FILM FESTIVAL OF BOSTON, INC

TAIWAN FILM FESTIVAL OF BOSTON, INC

Boston, as an academic hub and with high living quality, fosters a strong and diverse group of community members. Our leadership team consists of first generation Taiwanese Americans, Taiwanese permanent residents, doctorate candidates, master students and working professionals. Together, we represent a spectrum of perspectives towards Taiwanese culture and the

TAIWAN FILM FESTIVAL OF BOSTON, INC

Boston, as an academic hub and with high living quality, fosters a strong and diverse group of community members. Our leadership team consists of first generation Taiwanese Americans, Taiwanese permanent residents, doctorate candidates, master students and working professionals. Together, we represent a spectrum of perspectives towards Taiwanese culture and the local community. With varying connections and personal experience with Taiwan between our leadership team and members, our organization is able to establish and maintain relevant cultural dialogue between the different communities. TFFB has hosted 3 annual film festivals since 2019. We tackle different topics every year, including growth, identity and discovery. This year, we look forward to screening 7 to 8 long and short films in theater, as well as hosting live forum discussions with Taiwanese filmmakers and audiences. Approximately 700 people joined us in-person in 2019, the debut year of the festival. Fast forward 2 years, we are proud to say there were more than 600 audiences engaged in our festival both in person and virtually in 2021. This year, we also branched out of our regular programming and co-hosted a summer event — screening the newly released Taiwanese film “American Girl” at the ArtsEmerson theater with almost 80% of the capacity occupied.

About the Organization:

Boston, as an academic hub and with high living quality, fosters a strong and diverse group of community members. Our leadership team consists of first generation Taiwanese Americans, Taiwanese permanent residents, doctorate candidates, master students and working professionals. Together, we represent a spectrum of perspectives towards Taiwanese culture and the local community. With varying connections and personal experience with Taiwan between our leadership team and members, our organization is able to establish and maintain relevant cultural dialogue between the different communities. TFFB has hosted 3 annual film festivals since 2019. We tackle different topics every year, including growth, identity and discovery. This year, we look forward to screening 7 to 8 long and short films in theater, as well as hosting live forum discussions with Taiwanese filmmakers and audiences. Approximately 700 people joined us in-person in 2019, the debut year of the festival. Fast forward 2 years, we are proud to say there were more than 600 audiences engaged in our festival both in person and virtually in 2021. This year, we also branched out of our regular programming and co-hosted a summer event — screening the newly released Taiwanese film “American Girl” at the ArtsEmerson theater with almost 80% of the capacity occupied.

organizational budget

$0 - $50,000

existence for

0-5 Years

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

California • New York

organizational budget

$0 - $50,000

existence for

0-5 Years

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

California • New York

The Issue:

There are 3 communities that are impacted by the issue we are trying to address, which is the lack of understanding about Taiwanese culture . Amongst other more developed Asian economies, Taiwan is often the forgotten island with rich culture and a diaspora longing to identify with. The first group is the Taiwanese Americans . The Pew Research Center estimates between 200K and 700K Taiwanese descendants living in the US today, the fact that there is such a wide error range speaks to the potential challenges of identity. With the lack of Taiwanese footprint in mainstream US culture, how can we as a community deepen understanding of each other and strengthen cultural identity ? The second group is the non-Taiwanese Americans . Without a deeper understanding, it’s be impossible to expect to respect and empathy. Many of us have the experience of being asked “oh how’s Thailand”. Every time it was an awakening moment that we have yet educated everyone about the existence of our culture and country. At last, it is the Taiwanese immigrants and migrants today. Is it not easy to blend inter-culture.

The Solution:

TFFB’s mission is to promote Taiwanese culture through films in Boston . Motion pictures with sound and music, is often the ideal vessel of storytelling. This is what Taiwan looks and feels like. Through reinforcing and driving exposure to Taiwanese culture and its significance, we believe we can help strengthen the Asian community and foster comradery. Within our leadership team, we have established connections with other Taiwanese professional communities , Taiwanese foreign affairs groups , as well as local Boston academics and education communities . We aspire to leverage these relationships to promote dialogue. Through movie screenings, panel discussions and community events, we create a space for Asian Americans, Taiwanese Americans, and other immigrants to interact and share cultural differences with each other in a safe environment. Through these intersections, we as TFFB hope to engage and empower three groups of audiences in our community - the different generations of Taiwanese and Asian Americans, the Taiwanese Americans to-be and our Asian American allies. Future Plans : We are leveraging previous festival experiences in 2019 (in-person), 2020 (virtual) and 2021 (in-person in movie theatre) to plan for the festival in 2022. We will continue to persevere and adapt to the environment, all to bring Taiwanese film and culture to a global stage

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