The Ministry of Culture said on Wednesday that the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival would not be affected by any “political interference” in response to the possible boycott of the annual film extravaganza, blaming China for using politics to dismiss movie worker’s hard work.
The Executive Committee of the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival also expressed regrets over this issue but said every activity would be held as planned.
According to China Film Views (中國電影報), which posted the news to Weibo earlier today, the China Movie Administration has temporarily forbidden Chinese films to register and refrained nationals from attending the 56th Taipei Golden Horse Awards.
The Ministry of Culture said that Taiwan’s Golden Horse is meant for movie professional, adding that it has become an reference in Asia for its emphasis on freedom of arts and creativity. The festival will not be affected by any “political interference,” authorities said.
The Ministry of Culture added that the Golden Horse would continue to open its door and welcome movie professionals from all around the world, and expressed hopes that Chinese movie workers would have the freedom to participate in any film festivals in the world.