The Taiwan Creative Content Agency (TAICCA) kicked off the first-ever Taiwan Creative Content Fest (TCCF) on Nov. 18th. Vice President Ching-Te LAI, Deputy Legislative Speaker Chi-Chang TSAI, Minister of Culture Yung-Te LEE, along with distinguished guests, all attended the opening ceremony at Le Méridien Taipei.
“Two years ago, when I was the Premier,” Vice President LAI said in his opening remarks, “the then Minister of Culture Li-Chiun CHENG felt that the morale of the content industry is low, with ongoing talent outflow dampening the industry. So the Organizational Act of the Taiwan Creative Content Agency was proposed to revitalize Taiwan’s content industry, and with the support of the Legislative Yuan, TAICCA was established.”
“With the inaugural TCCF, it shows that our efforts are taking fruit. Culture is the root of a country and it is what binds our people together. I hope our industries will tell more of Taiwan’s stories, to not only let overseas audiences learn about Taiwan but also elevate Taiwan's presence on the international stage” LAI added.
Deputy Speaker TSAI said during his speech, “Taiwan’s film and TV industries had brilliant achievements in the past, but have been struggling during the past 10 years. However, with diversity, freedom, and a strong economy, Taiwan is forming a solid foundation for the development of the culture content industry. The culture content industry needs an intermediary organization like TAICCA, to give the ecosystem the necessary support for the government. We hope for Taiwan’s film and TV industry to reach its new heights.”
Several members of the Legislative Yuan’s Education and Culture Committee, including Legislator Mei-Ling WAN, Szu-Yao WU, Su-Mei KAO CHIN, Pin-Yu LAI, Yi-Hua LIN, Hung-An KAO, Kuo-Shu HUANG, and Chu-Yin LIN also attended.
“Cultural content, including film and TV, is deeply connected to the core values of our people such as national pride and happiness,” said TAICCA Chairperson Hsiao-Ching TING. “TAICCA has supported the ‘First-Mile’ initiative for investors to easily find and appreciate good content. TAICCA also recently launched the ‘Last Stage Fund’ to connect Taiwan content with international investors for co-production opportunities. In TCCF, we launched a brand-new model with the most international network, combining all the strengths of the creative sector to promote Taiwan’s cultural content.”
Before the opening ceremony, Vice President LAI was the first to experience the Story Exchange Exhibition. Curator Frank HUANG created an amusement arcade full of Taiwanese childhood memories with vintage arcade games. The Vice President tried his luck at the claw machine and successfully got a stuffed toy prize on his second try.
The Story Exchange exhibition also invited celebrity tour guide, Hsin-Ling CHUNG of popular TV series
TAICCA is boosting the presence of Taiwanese content on the global stage with TCCF. The diverse lineup includes film, TV, animation, OTT, publishing, and cross-discipline content – a total of 84 publishers with 362 original publishing IPs, and 75 production companies featuring 263 titles, adding up to over 20,000 hours of Taiwanese content.
The Taiwan Creative Content Fest International Market attracted 274 buyers from 22 countries, three times higher than the previous year, who would be participating in 624 online and offline matchmaking sessions. TCCF provides a platform for buyers and investors from all over the world to invest in their most desired content. TAICCA strives to help creators and inventors find suitable partnerships and experience the charm of Taiwan’s new cultural movement together.
Also in attendance of the opening ceremony are the Director of the French Office in Taipei Jean-François CASABONNE-MASONNAVE, Director of the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei Martin LAFLAMME, and SETN General Manager Jung-Hua CHANG.