Hao Wu’s People’s Republic of Desire, winner of the SXSW Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary in 2018 and a generally shocking documentary on livestreaming in China, is Urban Nomad’s opening film for the 2019 festival. The Closing Film will be Valerie Soe’s Love Boat: Taiwan on the 50-year-old study exchange program and its thousands of alumni, showing as an Asia premier and screening at its third festival overall. Both directors will be in attendance at the festival.
From around 300 submissions to this year’s open call, including competition and out of competition films, the following 28 films have been made official selections for the 2019 Urban Nomad Film Fest! These include seven feature length films, and 21 short films. Genres include narrative fiction, documentary, animation, and experimental films. The list includes many first showings for audiences in Taipei or Taiwan, and several Asia premieres and world premieres! So without any further delay, here is the list off official selections from our 2019 open call!
This 18th year of the Urban Nomad Film Fest includes 55 films, including 25 feature films and 22 short films and 8 music videos. Most of these films will be seen in Taipei or Taiwan for the first time and include one Oscar nominated film, winner of a SXSW Grand Jury Prize, and other prestigious award-winning films. There will be 37 local premieres as well as 12 Asia premieres, while five short films will have world premieres. At least seven international filmmakers will visit the festival and around 30 local filmmakers will participate. There will be at least two concerts, and every single day of the festival we will have filmmakers at screenings for audience Q&As. We’ll have several panel discussions, some free film screenings, and a few parties as well. Participation and bringing creators into direct contact with audiences is what we’re all about.
Every year we try to select a wide variety of cuisines and specialty foods that aren’t easily accessible in the city. We often host food vendors from all parts of Taiwan, as the festival has a reputation for being an incredibly fun time, so vendors are eager to make the journey from all corners of the island
We reserve the wildest dance and acrobatic performances for the circus stage, which is set up on ground with a 5 meter tall truss. It’s always a visual treat, and often interactive.
We kick off the Circus Stage line-up with magic shows by Burke Giordano daily. Dont miss him in the afternoon – this magician will blow your mind!
Urban Nomad Freakout series events !! Buckman Coe Taiwan Tour: 4/5-26 (info) Pakk Taiwan Tour: 4/11-14 (Info) 4/11 (Thu), 8pm: Pakk + Monotheism + US:WE @ Revolver ~ $400 w/ drink, or $300 with Urban Nomad ticket or for performers 4/12 (Fri) 10pm: Urban Nomad Pre-Party @ Triangle with Asakusa Jinta, Txako, Bootyslappers ~ free…
Sam Hillmer (aka Diamond Terrifier) is a musician, artist, curator, and the leader of New York band ZS.
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