Chinese media reported on Wednesday that the China Film Administration has asked Chinese movies, crew and actors to boycott this year’s Golden Horse Awards. Cross-strait politics resulted in hot discussions last year during the Golden Horse Awards ceremony. This year’s Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival are slated on Nov. 23, which clashes with Taiwan’s movie awards ceremony.
According to the China Film Views (中國電影報) which posted to Weibo early today, China Movie Administration has temporarily forbidden Chinese film and nationals from attending the 56th Taipei Golden Horse Awards.
As of the end of July (the registration deadline), only a few Chinese movies had registered to participate in this year’s awards. Last year’s winner Zhang Yimou already declined to participate, even though some directors such as Lou Ye and Wang Xiaoshuai have already registered. It is still unknown whether they will withdraw their participation from the Golden Horse following the new policy announcement.