Taiwanese New Wave, also called Taiwan New Cinema, started in 1982. Inspired by Italian neorealism and French New Wave, filmmakers of this movement denounced the state-approved, patriotic films as well as the escapist films of Chiung Yao. They were interested in realistic depiction of contemporary life, employing slow narrative pace and distant camera. They have successfully introduced Taiwanese cinema to the rest of the world, not without the help of European immigrants settling in Taiwan.
After a relatively quiet time in the 90s, Taiwanese cinema bravely enters 21st century thanks to a group of new filmmakers whose works, like their predecessors in the New Wave generation, retain a strong interest in realism. Although sometimes criticized for not producing works rivalling Chinese commercial films in production scale and market profits, this new generations of filmmakers continues to engage in contemporary issues and focus on stories of ordinary people in the ever-changing society.
The films presented as part of Taiwan Film Festival Edinburgh won awards at the prestigious Golden Horse Film Festival which has now become one of the most important events for Sinophone filmmakers all over the world, especially Chinese filmmakers who cannot get screening permissions in their home country.