Taiwan Women’s Film Association (formerly known as Taipei Women Film and Video Association) was established in the year 2000. Since 1993, we have been organizing the annual Taiwan International Women Make Waves Film Festival. We have screened close to a thousand hard-to-find international films and unique local films, establishing a film platform outside the male-centric mainstream perspective.
Starting in 2001, we took Women Make Waves Film Festival on the road around the island, becoming the first touring film festival in Taiwan. Working with local theatres, communities, schools, and art centers, our goal was to decrease the gap in Taiwan’s urban-rural divide. We have become one of the oldest in Taiwan, as well as one of the most important and well-known film festivals in Asia.
We have also expended our missions to the distribution of books, magazines, films, and the setting up of on-line resources. The goal was not only to provide educational opportunities for various organizations, but also to enrich the domestic feminist film theory and gender studies discourse. In 2009, we started our first video production training classes, empowering more people with access behind the camera, working to raise the standard of our media environment.
Women: Diversity Awareness ＞Gender Resource＞Proactive Participation
Film: Screening Platform＞Publication＞Support of Film Industry
Learning: Universal Education＞Strengthening of Local Discourse ＞Media Empowerment
Taiwan Women’s Film Association’s goal is to provide a perspective on humanities and the arts through film, gender diversity, a strong network between social groups, and the establishment of feminist film resources. We are not only a window or stage for local filmmakers, but also a platform for their international exposure.