About Urban Nomad

Urban Nomad Film Fest is now in its 14th year and has established itself as Taiwan’s main indie film event, producing an annual 10 day film festival, hosting international films and directors, sponsoring an annual competition for local short films, and producing music performances and arts events. In 2014, we produced or collaborated in 60 days of screenings, concerts, festivals, parties and exhibitions, drawing over 15,000 in total audience. Many of our films toured to the Hsinchu Image Museum and the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. We like to think of our audience members as ‘supporters’, ‘participants’ or even ‘friends’, not ‘customers’ or ‘consumers’. Our event style is inspired by punk rock’s DIY ethic, and our focus is on culture, community and the issues that are important to the world right now.

Urban Nomad has hosted numerous Taiwan premiers, including that of the Oscar-winning documentary THE COVE and award winning films from Sundance, Berlin, SXSW and other top festivals. We’ve been invited to create film programs for the Taipei Biennial (2008), the Scope Art Fair in Basel (2007), Scope Art Fair Miami (2007), Videotage Hong Kong (2008), Art Taipei (2009), Treasure Hill Artist Village (2010) and Taiwan Designers Week (the Urban Nomad x Design Cinema is now an annual event). We’ve also produced concerts for bands and DJs including MAJOR LAZER, DIPLO, GUITAR WOLF, BOB LOG III, TRIPPPLE NIPPPLES, MOP OF HEAD, MIMIE-CHAN and others. In 2012, the festival held two film events and produced a DJ/VJ stage at the Daniel Pearl Day of Music, and film events were held in three cities, including our mothership festival at Huashan Arts District in Taipei and screenings at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Taichung and the Hsinchu Image Museum. Urban Nomad is mainly fan supported and the only major film event in Taiwan that does not receive government funding.