Taiwan Shorts

GENRE: Activism | Bisexual | Coming Out | Drama | East Asian | Gay | Lesbian | Military | Romance | Transgender | Youth (18 & Under)
SECTION: Focus on Taiwan | Free | Shorts | Streaming

We’re pleased to present a free program of shorts showcasing Taiwan’s next generation in film talent. Catch a brief document of Taipei Pride 2020; a coming-of-age tale about self-discovery, dating apps, and first crushes; a sweet portrait of modern millennial queer life; and a cruisy short set during martial law in 1979.


Unnamed (未命名)

DIRECTORS Gao Hong & Chang Chun-Yu | 2019 | Taiwan | 29m | In Mandarin and English with English subtitles | US Premiere

A girl called Zhang Ya-Ting wants to change her name. A boy called Hong Jia-Hao wants to end his relationship with his sex buddy. The young generation cries out in frustration in this era when sexuality and self-identity have become uncategorizable. Watch Trailer

Taiwan Pride for the World (世界驕傲在台灣)

DIRECTOR Larry Tung | 2020 | Taiwan | 3m | In Mandarin and English with English subtitles | North American Premiere

In 2020, the LGBTQ+ community in Taipei decided to host a pride parade during the COVID-19 pandemic, celebrating and marching for those who could not do it in their own countries.

Hidden (迷藏)

DIRECTOR Kuo Hsuan-Chi | 2021 | Taiwan | 30m | In Mandarin with English subtitles | International Premiere

Since beginning to explore his sexuality and identity privately via the Internet and dating apps, thirteen-year-old Xiao-Wei has felt distanced from his straight friends, preferring the company of his online gay friends. In keeping the fact that he’s gay from his best friend Pin-Rui, Xiao-Wei doesn’t realize his closest friend has been carrying a secret of his own. Watch Trailer

Undercurrent (宵禁)

DIRECTOR Weng Yu-Tong | 2020 | Taiwan | 20m | In Mandarin with English subtitles

On a winter evening in 1979, the arrest of anti-government protesters is underway. The city is under curfew, but a teenage student, out of curiosity, follows a mysterious young man from a riverside path into an abandoned hut. Living in Taiwan under martial law, are men constantly escaping from government, society, or the affection buried in their hearts? Watch Trailer

Buying Note: This free digital screening is available to view between Thu, Jun 17 and Sun, Jun 27. We suggest watching it at 11:00am PDT Sun, Jun 27. Be sure to also check out the related Frameline Talk " Taiwan Focus."

Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles/ Ministry of Culture, Taiwan (R.O.C.)