advocate the filmmaking in the country, the Motion
Picture Development Foundation of R. O. C founded the
1st annual Subsidy for Excellent Short Film in 1991. In
1998, the Government Information Office, Executive Yuan
continues to support the subsidy project aiming to
encourage new generation of filmmakers to make 16mm,
35mm, and high definition short films. GIO then provides
Chinese Taipei Film Archive funding to give out this
Since 1998, the winners of the subsidy had completed
many brilliant works and won major film awards in the
country, such as the Golden Horse Awards, Taipei Film
Awards (independent filmmaking competition and citizen
film awards), the Golden Harvest Awards, and awards
granted by Taiwan International Documentary Festival.
Several works also won awards and presented in
international film festivals. This displays the
diversity and creativity of Taiwan Cinema.
The applicants should fill out the application form and
the proposal of filmmaking project (including project
planning, budget, shooting schedule, script or synopsis,
each with 9 copies) and related affidavits,
identification documents, and submit to the Chinese
Taipei Film Archive. The short films should not be
longer than 60 minutes or less than 10 minutes.
The applicants should be the producers of the project or
a film production company registered under the law of
the Republic of China. The subsidy is not transferable.
The subsided projects should be completed within 18
months once the contract is signed. If the project could
not be completed by the deadline, the filmmakers could
apply a two-month extension. Only one extension could be
The completed short films should print “ SHOT WITH GRANT
FROM THE FUNDS FOR SHORT FILMS OF THE GOVERNMENT
INFORMATION OFFICE, EXECUTIVE YUAN,” in the credit at
the end of the print.
When the forth part of subsidy is received, the
directors should donate one new print, a set of stills,
and related materials to the Chinese Taipei Film Archive
The directors agree that the Government Information
Office and the Chinese Taipei Film Archive can use the
print for noncommercial promotion and nonprofit
screenings for free.