Taiwan

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Fund Goal

The Taipei Film Commission provides assistance for film production in Taipei city. As a semi-governmental organization with the city mayor as chairman and industry professionals as commissioners, the TFC is resourceful and flexible at the same time.

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Fund Goal

Promote film, radio, television and pop music exchange and execution.

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Regulation

No visa for a  90-day stay: Andorra, Australia (effective from January 1, 2015, to December 31, 2016), Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile (except those holding diplomatic or official/service passports ) Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, USA, Vatican City State.

No visa for a 30-day stay: Malaysia, Singapore. Brunei and Thailand (except those holding diplomatic or official/service passports).

For more details please consult: http://www.boca.gov.tw/content?mp=2&CuItem=1443

For shooting on public grounds, and/or in public institutions, please contact the Taipei Film Commission. In certain cases, the commission may be able to assist for obtaining permits for shooting on private grounds. If a street or city block needs to be sealed off during your shoot (i.e. if you are requesting traffic control), please file your film permit application 25 days before the date of filming. For all other premises that do not require a street to be blocked off, please have your application submitted at least 7 working days before the shoot. 

Taiwan is not a party to the worldwide ATA Carnet system. Taiwan accepts TECRO/AIT Carnets for Commercial Samples and Professional Equipment.

There are two systems of business tax: GBRT – used by financial institutions, special vendors of beverages and food, and small businesses and VAT – used by the remaining taxpayers The standard VAT rate is 5%. The rates of GBRT are:  2 % for core business revenue; 1 % for reinsurance premiums of insurance enterprises; 5% for non-core business revenue    

Copyright protection is afforded to the following: Oral and literary works; Musical works; Dramatic and choreographic ; works; Artistic works; Photographic works; Pictorial and graphical works; Audiovisual works; Sound recordings; Architectural works; Computer programs. Taiwan law defines copyrights as the "moral" and "economic" rights subsisting in a completed work. Moral rights protect the author's reputation and the right to prevent others from "distorting, mutilating, modifying, or otherwise changing the content, form, or name of the work." Economic rights protect the author's rights to the financial benefits deriving from his or her work. While moral rights are protected indefinitely, economic rights are set for a fixed period of time. In Taiwan, economic copyright protection begins upon the completion of a work and extends for the lifetime of the author plus fifty years. Economic rights include rights to broadcast, reproduce, perform, exhibit, et cetera. The Copyright Act provides that the works of foreign entities that are first published outside of Taiwan are protected under bilateral and international agreements to which Taiwan is a party. Taiwan does not belong to the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property, or the World Intellectual Property Organization Convention (WIPO). However, as a member of the WTO and a signatory to the WTO Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), Taiwan has agreed to recognize the copyrights of nationals of all WTO member states, including the United States.

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Taipei

The Taipei Film Commission was established in the end of 2007 to provide assistance for film production in Taipei city. As a semi-governmental organization with the city mayor as chairman and industry professionals as commissioners, the TFC is resourceful and flexible at the same time. Be it about location...

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