How do I watch Taiwan Film Festival Edinburgh films?

You need visit https://online.taiwanfilmfestival.org.uk/ to register. Once you log in, all you need to do is browse the programme and choose films you’d like to watch and rent them for free by adding them to your Library. The films are available from 10am on Friday, 18 September until midnight on Sunday, 27 September. Most titles are available to watch at any point during this time with 4 titles becoming available on Monday, 21 September at 10am. These are: Cheerful Wind, Where the Seagull Flies, Six Suspects and A City Called Dragon.

Do I need to pay to watch the films?

Access to all 20 titles in the programme is free but it is limited to 400 users per title. We advise to pre-book your free access to the Festival titles as soon as possible by registering at https://online.taiwanfilmfestival.org.uk/.

Can I watch the films if I’m abroad?

Sadly, due to distribution rights all 20 films in the Festival programme are available to audiences who are based in the UK. Our special programme of events – Q&A sessions and panel discussion – are hosted on YouTube and Facebook though and available to access for free worldwide. For more details please visit https://taiwanfilmfestival.org.uk/event/

Is there a limit to a number of films I can watch?

There is no limit to the number of films you watch. Access to all titles is free but limited to 400 users per film so we encourage audiences to book early by registering at https://online.taiwanfilmfestival.org.uk/.

Are all films dubbed or with subtitles?

All films are subtitled. The vast majority have English subtitles already burnt in. The following titles require the viewer to manually enable the English subtitles by clicking [CC] on the bottom right corner when watching the film: The Sandwich Man, Kuei-Mei, a Woman, Ice Poison.

When can I start watching the films?

All Festival titles are available from 10am on Friday, 18 September until midnight on Sunday, 27 September bar 4 films: Cheerful Wind, Where the Seagull Flies, Six Suspects and A City Called Dragon. These 4 titles are available from 10am on Monday, 21 September until midnight on Sunday, 27 September.

How long do I have to watch the films?

Once you add a film to your Library you have 5 days to watch it and 30 hours playback time once you click ‘watch’. If you have pre-booked your free access to a film, your 5 days will start at 10am on Friday, 18 September.

Do you have more information available on the directors and the films included in the programme?

There is plenty of information on the Festival website, https://taiwanfilmfestival.org.uk/ as well as across social media. We always post using #TaiwanFFE and you can follow the Festival on Twitter and Facebook, both @TaiwanFFE. If there’s anything specific you’d like to ask, get in touch via social media or drop us an email on info@taiwanfilmfestival.org.uk.

Will there be a physical Taiwan Film Festival Edinburgh?

We had originally hoped to produce this Festival as a physical event in September but sadly had to re-shape the project in light of the global pandemic. We are still hopeful we will be able to present a small number of physical screenings in an Edinburgh venue but cannot confirm anything at this stage. Please follow us on social media – on Twitter and Facebook, both @TaiwanFFE – for latest updates on this.

How do I access the Q&A sessions and the panel discussion?

Taiwan Film Festival Edinburgh presents 2 Q&A session and one panel discussion as part of its special programme. All 3 events are hosted on the Festival’s YouTube channel and Facebook:

Q&A with Out / Marriage Director NGUYEN Kim Hong and TSAI Tsung-Lung: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrxgPobyBYs

Q&A with The Mountain Director SU Hung-En:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goVWzD-SAaI

Panel Discussion: Experiences in Curating Taiwanese Films for European Audiences

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92d_D5Rc5a0

When do the special events take place?

Monday, 21 September at 10am – Q&A with Out / Marriage Director NGUYEN Kim Hong and TSAI Tsung-Lung

Wednesday, 23 September at 10am – Q&A with The Mountain Director SU Hung-En

Saturday, 26 September at 2pm – Panel Discussion: Experiences in Curating Taiwanese Films for European Audiences

Where are the special events hosted?

The special events are hosted on the Festival’s YouTube channel and Facebook.

How do I take part in the special events?

You can watch all special events on the Festival’s YouTube channel here and Facebook. You can also submit your questions to the guests – in advance or during the event – on social media by using #TaiwanFFE or by leaving a comment below the video on YouTube.

Do I need to register for the special events?

You don’t need to register to take part in the special events, just follow the link at the time of the event to enjoy it and use #TaiwanFFE to submit your questions in advance or at the time of the event. You can also comment below the live stream on YouTube or Facebook.

Where can I get more information on the guests?

You can read more information about the guests and hosts of the special events by following this link: https://taiwanfilmfestival.org.uk/event/

Can I watch the events if I missed the live stream?

Yes, you can watch both Q&As and the panel discussion after their broadcast on either the Festival’s YouTube channel or Facebook page.

Which films will be discussed at the events?

The two Q&A sessions will focus specifically on two documentary films, Out/Marriage and The Mountain, both screened for free as part of Taiwan Film Festival Edinburgh. We expect a lot more Taiwanese titles to be discussed during the 3 events, especially at the panel discussion which will focus on programming Taiwanese cinema for European audiences.