Outstanding Contribution Award: CHANG Chao-tang


Chang Chao-tang (1943-) is a prominent Taiwanese photographer, whose photographic achievements have been largely acclaimed. He is also a dedicated documentary filmmaker. Since he joined a television company in 1968, he has produced features (60 Minutes, Fragrant Formosa, and The Journey of Image) by directing his lens toward Taiwan's culture through a consistent humanistic perspective. In the 1990s, he devoted himself to establishing Public Television Service and ventured on issues regarding the February 28th incident, wrongful convictions relating to human rights, nuclear waste, disadvantaged groups, etc., in documentary features he executively produced for Super TV (Investigation Report, The Confession of Life, and Fight for Life), fulfilling his ideal of documentary as ‘reflection and criticism of reality’.

With a liberal and experimental spirit, he also persistently explores the possibilities of image-making, as embodied in his experimental documentaries with individual style, including Face in Motion (1976), The Boat-Burning Festival (1979), Reverse Travel and Illusion (1984), and On the Road (2003). Moreover, as a committed educator and advocate of documentary, he has contributed to the founding of the first Taiwan International Documentary Festival (TIDF) held biennially.

According to this year's TIDF jury, Chang Chao-tang has a far-reaching and profound influence on Taiwanese documentaries, ‘Such importance lies not only in his works, but also in his advocacy for documentary culture, cultivation of talents, and creation of a ground-breaking, extraordinary aesthetics of documentary’. Therefore, TIDF pays tribute to him with this series of screenings and lectures.


【Special Screening】Homage to Chen Da + The Boat-Burning Festival

  05.10 FRI 20:30  SPOT 1
  05.15 WED 21:40  SPOT 1
  05.19 SUN 16:00  TFAI A ★


【Doc Talk】

CHANG Chao-tang’s Documentary Film Series


Time|04.20 SAT 13:30–15:30
Venue|C-LAB R102 Coworking Space
Moderator|Wood LIN, TIDF Programme Director
Speaker|Edmond WONG, jury member of TIDF Outstanding Contribution Award

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CHANG Chao-tang’s Photos and Films


Time|04.27 SAT 14:00–16:00
Venue|Lightbox Photo Library (No. 19, Ln. 269, Sec. 3, Roosevelt Rd., Taipei City)
Speaker|CHEN Chia-chi, critic

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