Crowdfunding for Taiwan history movie series shows promising results

Taiwanese filmmaker Wei Te-sheng (魏德聖) / Photo courtesy of ARS Film Production (米倉影業)

TAIPEI (CNA) — A crowdfunding campaign to raise cash for a movie series based on Taiwan’s history has shown promising results, with over NT$24 million (US$816,433) raised from more than 6,000 people, according to the campaign’s website.

As of 10 p.m. Tuesday, a total of NT$24,479,560 has been raised by 6,633 people since the fundraiser started on Aug. 5, for the “Taiwan 400 Years Film Series,” the website showed. The first phase of the campaign, which runs until Oct. 10, is aimed at raising NT$100 million.

The fundraiser has received support from Taiwanese and people from overseas, said acclaimed Taiwanese filmmaker Wei Te-sheng (魏德聖), who directed the popular two-part epic film “Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale,” based on the 1930 Wushe Incident in central Taiwan.

Many people have left messages in support of the film, according to the campaign’s website.

The Taiwan 400 Years Film Series includes the movie series “Taiwan Trilogy: Siraya,” “Taiwan Trilogy: Teyouan” and “Taiwan Trilogy: Formosa,” which are expected to be released in 2024, 2025, and 2026, respectively.

The film series introduces Taiwan’s early history, featuring indigenous Siraya hunters and gatherers, ethnic Chinese pirates and Dutch missionaries as protagonists, and tells the stories of different ethnic groups living in Taiwan at various times.

The series will also include a separate documentary “Finding Formosa (working title)” and animation “Darami — A Formosan Fantasy (working title),” which are expected to be released in 2024, according to the fundraiser website.

More information on the film series can be found at the Taiwan Trilogy Film Fundraising Project-Phase 1 website.