Venue: Lecture Theatre 1, Minto House at the University of Edinburgh

20 Chambers Street, Edinburgh Eh1 1JZ (Map)

Date: 29 November, 2013

Time: 10:00-17:00

Free event with lunch provided, 50 spaces only. 

Reservation (stating 'film workshop', before 15 November)


The Taiwanese film directors of the Touch of the Light, Stilt, Taipei Factory and A Rolling Stone will be invited to give paper in this workshop and in conversation with local film director, scholars and critics. This workshop aims to be a discursive platform for the discussion and dissemination of the current state of Taiwanese cinema, cinematography and screen cultures. From art as photography and early photographic technology to contemporary photography and pictures in motion as art and social media, the roundtable discussion welcomes contributions from public participants across the board, whether general public, film critics or researchers, and endeavours to provide filmmakers with a defiant opportunity to present thoughts, share experiences and test out new ideas.



  8:30-9:00 Registration

 9:00-10:20 Ko-shang Shen 沈可尚, “Self-Exploration Through Film: My Creative Venture”

10:30-11:50 Yin-chuan Tsai 蔡銀娟, “A Dream Journey-The Making of Stilt”

12:10-13:10 Music from Formosa: Piano Recital by Yu-hsiang Huang 黃裕翔, Reid Concert Hall

13:20-14:20 Lunch

14:20-15:40 Jung-chi Chang 張榮吉, TBC

15:40-16:10 Dr Ming-Yeh T. Rawnsley, "Culture, Democratization and Taiwan Cinema"

16:30-17:30 Round-table Discussion Chaired by Dr Julian Ward

Translators: Lucas Kao and Eileen Lin


Jung-chi Chang, born in Taipei in 1980, received a master’s degree from the Graduate School of Applied Media Arts at the National Taiwan University of Arts. He started making films while still in university. In 2006, his My Football Summer won the Best Documentary Award at the Golden Horse Awards and in 2008, The End of the Tunnel, his graduation film, won the Best Short Film Award at Taipei Film Festival. That year it was also nominated for the Best Short Film at the Golden Horse Film Awards. At the time, he said that Inspiration for his work mostly comes from his everyday life.

In 2006, when Chang co-directed My Football Summer with Yang Li-Chou, it not only won Best Documentary at the Golden Horse Awards but was invited to numerous international film festivals including the Busan Film Festival. Chang made his graduation film, The End of the Tunnel, which won critical acclaim and the Best Short Film Award at Taipei Film Festival. It was nominated for Best Short Film at the Golden Horse Film Awards and shown in many film festivals around the world. It was commercially released with other two shorts, Summer Afternoon (directed by Ho Wi-Ding) and Family Viewing (directed by Kuo Cheng-Chui) as a three-segment program which reminded contemporary audiences of the 1980’s Taiwanese classic, The Sandwich Man. Jung-Chi Chang is undoubtedly one the most promising young directors in the Taiwanese film industry.

Dr Ming-Yeh T. Rawnsley is Associate Research Fellow, China Media Centre, University of Westminster. She is also secretary-General, European Association of Taiwan studies. She publishes widely both in Chinese and in English on media/cinema, literature and culture. She is currently co-editing (with Gary Rawnsley) Routledge Handbook of Chinese Media (to be submitted in 2014) and writing a single-authored monograph, Culture and Democratization in Taiwan: Cinema, Theatre and Social Change (Routledge, forthcoming). She hosts a blog run by China Times ( and produces a series of podcasts (

Ko-shang Shen's the most sought after young director in Taiwan. His college thesis film LAYOVER was selected for competition at Cinefondation of Cannes Film Festival in 1999, still the only Taiwanese film ever selected by Cinefondation up to today. Being a highly pursued young talent, Shen made many award winning documentaries, short films, omnibus features and TV commercials as the director and cinematographer. In 2006, Shen directed The Pigeon Game, a documentary commissioned by National Geographic Channel, which was aired in more than 160 countries worldwide, and winning the Best Documentary Director of Golden Bell Award, Taiwan’s Emmy Award. His feature documentary Baseball Boys was theatrically released in 2009 and won the Grand Prize in the Taiwan International Documentary Festival and further competing at Visions du Reel at Nyon and sold to ARTE.

The 3-segment omnibus feature Juliets in which Shen participated as a director was selected by Tokyo International Film Festival in 2010 and praised by critics all over the world. Another omnibus project 10+10 produced by Hsiao-hsien Hou in which Shen also participated as the director had its international premiere in Panorama section of 2012 Berlinale. Documentary "A Rolling Stone" (A cooperation of National Culture and Arts Foundation and Taiwan Public Television Service), received "First Prize", "Best Documentary," and "Best Editing" awards in Taiwan Int'l Documentary festival in 2012. In 2013, Shen participated the project "Taipei Factory", Festival De Cannes Directors' Fortnight, which included 4 short films of 15 minutes each, co-directed by 4 tandems of young directors. Shen and Luis Cinfuentes co-directed the short film "A Nice Travel" in the project, and both considered it was a nice travel during the filming process. Shen now is working on a documentary. "Double Happiness Limited", which cooperates with CNEX, international joint capital, and is also the CCDF 2010 Grand Prize winner. Highly anticipated Songs Of Siren will be Shen's first live action feature debut as the sole director. 

Yin-chuan Tsai is a Taiwanese director and scriptwriter on film and TV, and an acclaimed painter and book illustrator. She received a BA in Social Work at National Taiwan University and a MA in Visual Communication at Kent Institute of Art and Design. She received Taiwan Ten Outstanding Young Female Award in 2007 for her achievement in art and media. Her TV works, including Where Are You, 17 and The Taste of Papaya won several prizes and Golden Bell nominations. Stilt is the first movie directed by Tsai, the oil paintings appearing in the film are all her works. This film is highly evaluated by audience and has been invited to many international film festivals. Her latest film in preparation, Packages from Daddy, is recently awarded “Financial Aid for Best Original Screenplay” from Taiwan.


Dr Julian Ward is a senior lecturer in Chinese at University of Edinburgh. He has a long history here at the University of Edinburgh, having achieved a first-class MA here in Chinese in 1990 and a PhD in 1997. He was appointed as a lecturer in 1998 and achieved senior lecturer status in 2009. Aside from his work as a researcher, Dr Ward is noted for his teaching work. He regularly works with students in postgraduate film studies as well as his core specialism in Chinese literature and film. His skill as a tutor was recognised with a teaching award even as a postgraduate in 1994, and he has regularly been nominated for the EUSA Teaching Awards since their inception. He serves as Senior Tutor for the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures. He is the co-editor of The Chinese Cinema Book and co-author of The Rough Guide to Mandarin Chinese as well as associate editor of the regular Journal of Chinese Cinema.