Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards

Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards
53rd Golden Horse Film Awards
Awarded for Excellence in Chinese-language cinema
Location Taiwan
Country  Republic of China (Taiwan)
Presented by Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival Executive Committee
First awarded 1962
Official website Taipei Golden Horse Awards
Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards
Traditional Chinese 台北金馬影展

The Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards (Chinese: 台北金馬影展; pinyin: Táiběi Jīnmǎ Yǐngzhǎn) is a film festival and awards ceremony held annually in Taiwan. It was founded in 1962 by the Government Information Office of the Republic of China (Taiwan). The awards ceremony is usually held in November or December in Taipei, though the venue has been shifted around the country in recent times.


Since 1990 (the 27th awards ceremony), the festival and awards was organized and funded by the Motion Picture Development Foundation R.O.C. It set up the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival Executive Committee. The Committee consists of nine to fifteen film scholars and film scholars on the executive board, which includes the Chairman and CEO. Under the Committee, there are five different departments: the administration department for internal administrative affairs, guest hospitality and cross-industry collaboration; the marketing department which is responsible for event planning and promotion, advertising and publications; the project promotion department attending to the execution of the project meetings; the competition department which is in charge of the competition and awards ceremony; and the festival department which is devoted to festival planning, curation of films and invitation of filmmakers, subtitle transition and production and all on-site arrangements during the festival.[1]

The awards ceremony is Taiwan’s equivalent to the Academy Awards. The awards are contested by Chinese-language submissions from Taiwan, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China (PRC) and elsewhere. It is one of the four major Chinese-language film awards, along with Hong Kong Film Award, Golden Rooster Awards and Hundred Flowers Awards, also one of the most prestigious film awards and among the most respected in Chinese-speaking world. It is also one of the major annual awards presented in Taiwan along with Golden Bell Awards for television production and Golden Melody Awards for music.

The Golden Horse awards ceremony is held after a month-long festival showcasing some of the nominated feature films for the awards. A substantial number of the film winners in the history of the awards have been Hong Kong productions. Submission period are usually around July to August each year and nominations are announced around October with the ceremony held in November or December. Although it has been held once a year; however, it was stopped in 1964 and 1974.[2] Winners are selected by a jury of judges and awarded a Golden Horse statuette during the broadcast ceremony.


In May 1962, the Government Information Office of the Republic of China (ROC) enacted the “Mandarin Film Award Regulation of Year 1962” to officially found the Golden Horse Awards. The name Golden Horse (金馬) comes from the islands of Kinmen () and Matsu (), which are under ROC control.[1]

The awards ceremony was established to boost the industry of making Chinese films, award the good Chinese movies and good moviemakers. It is one of the most honorable awards in the movie industry in Asia. It has been helping the development of movies in Chinese as it provides great support and encouragement to the filmmakers. Moreover, it intends to introduce excellent films to Taiwanese audience from around the world to stimulate exchange of ideas and inspire creativity.[1]

Entries and eligibility

The awards ceremony does not only pay attention to commercial movies but also the artistic ones and documentaries. This move generate some critiques from the society because they believe that it cannot help much with the Taiwanese commercial movie industry. However, the awards ceremony plays a significant role in helping the movie industry and drawing more people’s attention to Chinese-language movies.

Under current regulations, any film made primarily in Chinese is eligible for competition. Since 1996, a liberalization act allows for films from mainland China to enter the Awards. Mainland artists or films have won several times, such as Jiang Wen's In the Heat of the Sun in 1996, Best Actor for Xia Yu (夏雨) in 1996, Joan Chen's Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl in 1999, Best Actress for Qin Hailu (秦海璐) in 2001 and Lu Chuan's Kekexili: Mountain Patrol in 2004.

Awards ceremonies

Broadcast station
1st 31 October 1962 Wang Yun-wu Taipei Guo Guang Cinema
2nd 31 October 1963
3rd 30 October 1965 James Shen Taipei Zhongshan Hall
4th 30 October 1966
5th 30 October 1967 BCC (Live)
6th 30 October 1968 Huang Shao-ku
7th 30 October 1969 Chung Chiao-kuang
8th 30 October 1970
9th 30 October 1971 Lo Yun-ping
10th 30 October 1972
11th 30 October 1973
12th 30 October 1975
13th 30 October 1976 Ding Mou-shih
14th 30 October 1977 Hsu Ching-chung
15th 31 October 1978 Wang Hao, Ivy Ling Po
16th 2 November 1979 Chiang Kuang Chao, Sylvia ChangSun Yat-sen Memorial Hall (Taipei)
17th 3 November 1980
18th 30 October 1981 Li Tao, Josephine SiaoKaohsiung Cultural Center CTS
19th 24 October 1982 Terry Hu, Chiang Kuang Chao Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall (Taipei) CTV
20th 16 November 1983 Sun Yueh, Tien Niu Kaohsiung Cultural Center TTV
21st 18 November 1984 Wang Kuan-hsiung, Yao Wei Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall (Taipei) CTS
22nd 3 November 1985 Sun Yueh, Terry Hu Kaohsiung Cultural Center
23rd 30 November 1986 Chang Hsiao-yen, Eric TsangTaipei Cultural Center
24th 29 October 1987 Chang Hsiao-yen, David Tao CTS
25th 5 November 1988 Sylvia Chang, David Tao Taipei Gymnasium TTV
26th 9 December 1989 Pa Ke, Yin Shia National Theater and Concert Hall, Taipei CTV
27th 10 December 1990 Chang Hsiao-yen, James WongCTS
28th 4 December 1991 Lin Feng, Sibelle HuTTV
29th 12 December 1992 Chang Hsiao-yen, Lawrence ChengSun Yat-sen Memorial Hall (Taipei) CTV
30th 4 December 1993 Sun Yueh, Fang Fangfang
31st 10 December 1994 Regina Tsang, Kenny Bee、Chang Shih
32nd 9 December 1995 Chang Hsiao-yen, Sylvia Chang
33rd 14 December 1996 Hu Gua、Cally KwongKaohsiung Cultural Center CTS, Star Chinese Movies
34th 13 December 1997 Hsui Hao-ping, Sandra NgSun Yat-sen Memorial Hall (Taipei) ETTV
35th 12 December 1998Isabel Kao, Jacky WuCTV, Star Chinese Movies
36th 12 December 1999Wakin Chau, Tao Ching-YingTVBS Entertainment Channel
37th 2 December 2000 Tao Ching-Ying, Stephen Fung, Nicky Wu Much TV
38th 8 December 2001 Kevin Tsai, Isabel Kao Hualien Stadium EBC
39th 16 November 2002 Carol Cheng, Kevin Tsai Kaohsiung Cultural Center TVBS Entertainment Channel
40th 13 December 2003 Tainan Municipal Cultural Center
41st 4 December 2004 Kevin Tsai, Lin Chi-lingZhongshan Hall (Taichung)
42nd 13 November 2005 Hu Gua, Patty HouKeelung Cultural Center Azio TV
43rd 25 November 2006 Kevin Tsai, Patty Hou Taipei Arena
44th 8 December 2007 Pauline Lan, Blackie Chen, Angela Chow Star Chinese Movies, Phoenix Television
45th 6 December 2008 Carol Cheng, Blackie Chen Zhongshan Hall (Taichung) Star Chinese Movies
46th 28 November 2009 Tao Ching-YingNew Taipei City Hall Azio TV
47th 20 November 2010 Kevin Tsai, Dee Hsu Taoyuan Arts Center TTV
48th 26 November 2011 Eric Tsang, Bowie TsangHsinchu Performing Arts Center
49th 24 November 2012 Bowie Tsang, Huang Bo Luodong Cultural Factory
50th 23 November 2013 Kevin Tsai Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall (Taipei)
51st 22 November 2014 Mickey Huang, Ella Chen
52nd 21 November 2015Mickey Huang, Lin Chi-ling
53rd 26 November 2016Tao Ching-Ying

Award categories

Current categories

Merit awards
English name Mandarin name First awarded
Best Feature Film 最佳劇情片 1962
Best Animation Feature 最佳動畫長片 1977
Best Documentary 最佳紀錄片 1962
Best Short Feature Film 最佳創作短片 1996
Best Short Animation Film 最佳動畫短片 2016
Best Director 最佳導演 1962
Best Leading Actor 最佳男主角 1962
Best Leading Actress 最佳女主角 1962
Best Supporting Actor 最佳男配角 1962
Best Supporting Actress 最佳女配角 1962
Best New Director 最佳新導演 2010
Best New Performer 最佳新演員 2000
Best Original Screenplay 最佳原著劇本 1962
Best Adapted Screenplay 最佳改編劇本 1962
Best Cinematography 最佳攝影 1962
Best Visual Effects 最佳視覺效果 1995
Best Art Direction 最佳美術設計 1965
Best Makeup & Costume Design 最佳造型設計 1981
Best Action Choreography 最佳動作設計 1992
Original Music Award for Best Film 最佳原創電影音樂 1962
Best Original Film Song Award 最佳原創電影歌曲 1962
Best Film Editing 最佳剪輯 1962
Best Sound Effects 最佳音效 1962
Special awards
English name Mandarin name First awarded
Outstanding Taiwanese Filmmaker of the Year 年度台灣傑出電影工作者 1997
Audience Choice Award 觀眾票選最佳影片 1992
Lifetime Achievement Award 終身成就獎 1993
External awards
English name Mandarin name First awarded
FIPRESCI Prize 國際影評人費比西獎 2007

Discontinued categories

English name Mandarin name First awarded Last awarded
Outstanding Taiwanese Film of the Year 年度台灣傑出電影 1997 2010
Best Director (Documentary) 最佳紀錄片導演 1986 1988
最佳紀錄片策劃 1962 1980
最佳紀錄片攝影 1962 1980
最佳新聞片 1968 1970
最佳新聞片編導 1968 1969
最佳新聞片攝影 1968 1969
最佳卡通片編導 1977 1980
Best Child Actor 最佳童星 1962 1984


During the first fourteen award ceremonies, there were no hosts hosting the event. Hosts came in since the fifteenth ceremony, that year’s hosts were Ivy Ling Po and Wang Hao. Since then, there are usually two hosts every year, with a combination of one host from Hong Kong and the other from Taiwan. The general public is happy with this combination as it gives an interesting interaction to the audience. A significant number of celebrities have hosted the ceremony, such as Jackie Chan, Eric Tsang, Kevin Tsai and Dee Hsu. In 2012 (the 49th awards ceremony), Bowie Tsang and Huang Bo were the hosts and Huang Bo became the first host from Mainland China in the history of the Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards.



  1. 1 2 3 "About Us: Introduction". Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  2. "About Us: History". Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival. Retrieved 19 October 2014.

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