Harvest Award is a competition for short films and
videos, fully funded by the Government Information
Office, Executive Yuan, the Republic of China. Its
mission is to cultivate film talents and to elevate the
substance and standard of film art creation, to
encourage filmmaking of 35 mm, 16mm and digital formats.
The competition is first held in 1978. Other than the
Golden Horse Awards, the Golden Harvest Awards are the
second longest standing competition in Taiwan.
Golden Harvest Awards not only inspire the momentum of
domestic filmmaking, also nourish many outstanding
filmmakers, including internationally renowned directors
Ang Lee and Tsai Ming-liang, also directors like Ko I-cheng,
Tseng Chuang-Hsiang, Wu Yii-Feng, Yee Chin-Yen, Yang
Li-Chou, Hsiao Ju-chen, Mi-sen Wu, Cheng Wen-Tang and
Previous recipients who recently break through include
Wei Te-shen, director of 2008’s big hit Cape No. 7, Tom
Shu-Yu Lin, director of Winds of September and Leon Dai,
director of No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti, the heated discussed
film of 2009. All their works have been previously
polished by the Golden Harvest Awards.
Total premium of Golden Harvest Awards amounts to 3
million NTD. Other than awards for films, there are also
awards for individuals to encourage directors,
screenplay writers, cinematographers, art directors,
lighting designers, and sound recorders. With its high
premium and various awards, Golden Harvest Awards
attract works made by students of many university all
over the island.
The submitted works of Golden Harvest Awards could
reveal the current situation of short filmmaking of that
year. Golden Harvest Awards not only is the leading film
competition in the country, many international film
festivals also find the screenings as a channel to find
innovative works and young directors. Many entrant works
also received awards in international film festivals.