FUN

AWARDS CEREMONY

& CLOSING PARTY

10:00PM

1:00AM

SAT.

AUG 4

presented by:
Studio Unknown
Neptune Post
AWARDS

The Taiwanese American Film Festival recognizes filmmaking achievement through presentation of juried and balloted awards.

The festival awards and prizes include:

FESTIVAL GRAND JURY

AWARD
Presented to a short film that demonstrates overall excellence in content and cinematic technique. $2500 cash prize towards recipient’s next cinematic production.

CULTURAL SPOTLIGHT

AWARD
Presented to a short film that demonstrates an innovative way to highlight Taiwanese culture and/or issues. $1500 cash prize towards recipient’s next cinematic production.

AUDIENCE

AWARDS
Presented to an audience favorite film, as chosen by audience ballot from each of the screening blocks. Prizes will be sponsored by filmmaking resources - Value $500 for each recipient.

Eugene Suen
Filmmaker / Producer
Eugene Suen is a LA-based filmmaker and producer. Raised in Taiwan and the U.S, he has worked as a development executive and film programmer. He produced the film ABIGAIL HARM, an official selection at the Busan International Film Festival and the Torino Film Festival, and winner of the Grand Prize and Best Director award at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. His other producing credits include the Rwandan film I HAVE SEEN MY LAST BORN and the French documentary THIS IS COMEDY. He is also a consultant on US-Asia co-productions.
JURY
Kai Wu
Writer
Kai was born in Taiwan and raised in Salisbury, Maryland. She spent most of her days hanging out at Wal-Marts until one day, she purchased a diary in aisle 9 and discovered her calling as a writer.  After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University, she moved to Los Angeles where she got her start working at The Gersh Agency.  Kai’s written on shows such as NBC’s HANNIBAL, CW’s THE FLASH and most recently ABC’s DECEPTION.  Currently, she serves as showrunner for an international originals series at Netflix.
Vera Miao
Writer / Producer / Director
As a writer, producer, and director, Vera is thrilled to make artful stories that genuinely reflect the diverse world as it is today, confront contemporary social issues, and celebrate her lifelong love of and joy for TV and movies, including horror and sci-fi. Born to working class immigrants from Taiwan, Vera worked for many years in the nonprofit, social justice sector and then as a professional actor before focusing on writing and directing.  Vera created, wrote, executive produced and directed a horror anthology series for Stage13, a new digital network within the Warner Bros Television Group, titled TWO SENTENCE HORROR STORIES. The first season launched in Fall 2017 and a second season is currently underway. Among other projects, a feature based on the episode, MA, is also in the works.
JURY