嘉義國際藝術紀錄影展一直定位為藝術紀錄影展，英文名稱爲 Chiayi International Art Doc Film Festival，簡稱CIADFF。在影展舉辦過程中總是廣納與藝文相關之所有紀錄片、類紀錄之實驗片，舉凡視覺藝術、表演藝術、文學、建築、民俗技藝、設計、城市美學、社區及各類相關延伸 之文化命題與教育等內容。
Mayor of Chiayi Huang Min-Hui
Chiayi has long been called the "City of Paintings," and the Chiayi City International Band Festival, holding since 1993, shows how active in art Chiayi is on the international scene of music. Since audio and visual arts are the current trends of 21th century media, film festivals are great platforms for international culture promoting. In order to develop Chiayi's art industry, Ms. Min-Hui Huang held the 1st Chiayi International Art Doc Film Festival in 2014. This film festival is now in its sixth edition. We believe that aesthetic appreciation is not only learned from exhibits in museums but in every form of art. Art documentaries offer insights into the creative journey of artists and creators. CIADFF provides a platform for art documentaries, the aesthetics of visual style, and the chance for artistic learning.
For artistic promotion, the 6th edition Chiayi International Art Doc Film Festival: Radical Heaven not only provides a platform for discussing international affairs, but also focusing on many different fields of art. Artists can not only place their exhibitions in museums, but have a chance to expand venues including communities, aged city blocks and houses in case to show their artistic energy. Art documentaries act as a connection between the international community and Chiayi, allowing people to feel the vibration of art, and also a message from Taiwan to the world. By inspiring the audiences motivated by various genres of art, we are creating a film festival which constructing the place called the “Radical Heaven”.
This film festival screens many outstanding art documentaries from Taiwan and all around the globe. 32 in all, 2 documentaries holding their world premiere, 6 their Asian premiere, 6 their Taiwan premiere, and 11 their film festival premiere. With many works being shown through exhibitions in art galleries, online streaming, television channels, we’re selecting these works in order to present a more diverse visual-creating style in filming industry. We also invited a numerous Taiwanese and foreign directors, artists in related fields to share their opinions on artistic issues, in case to let the audiences truly feel the depth of art. Chiayi International Art Doc Film Festival will not only expand the visual emotions of the audiences, but also, while being held from the "City of Paintings," will bring Chiayi to the next level of art pursuing. And in one day, the film festival will be prominent in not only Asia, but the world.
Artistic Director Huang Mingchuan
Mankind has ever envisioned the heaven of different kinds in various cultures and peoples. But heaven only exists in our minds, arts and the classics throughout the history. "Too far to reach" is its distance laying in between. Although often seen in dreams or our postmortem destination, it is always much closer to those who suffer than those who do not in real life: the truth is, it is possibly waiting for you on the other side of the earth, isn't it? Or you can even to touch it by simply crossing a few national borders; Wow, heaven is not that far at all!
There is no exclusive definition or image, however, heaven that lacks an accurate description still haunts many people. As long as you escape from poverty or oppression, and go on to live a more dignified life, it would soon become an instant uplift, a dream comes alive. We always portray an image of what heaven is like based on our own conditions. But when you safely cross the national borders and reach the paradise, the expectation turns into a cruel reality: you wave away the suffering past and suddenly realize hardships you have never imagined stand in your way. In fact, heaven is not a physical place that allows you to step in. No wonder it has been hidden in the dreams, clouds, and scriptures of repentance.
Growing up in poor countries, people suffer from corruption, oppression and discrimination. When they arrive in a paradise, what they see everything is well organized and feeling cheerfully, yet another kind of discrimination and exclusion follow along. It is only now that these immigrants come to realize there is such a lush discontent and familiar political struggle taking place in the new land that constantly reviews its now-a-day evils which we call uncivilized rules. How can these evils possibly be seen by those who pursuit paradise as their ultimate heaven?
Today's human migration is in full swing on all corners of the world, and there is almost no place where we have never been to. The last heaven-like virgin land has lost. Meanwhile, pollution goes on in more parts of the Earth, and logistics, information, and contemporary pop cultural flooding are just overwhelmingly immense. Humans are on the brink incapable of remedying their own disasters: discarded plastic products fill the belly of creatures in the sea, such as fish, whales, seabirds and turtles. Industrial chemicals drain the river and offshore waters into dead zones. And the sky is also enveloped by a haze of endless toxic particles. The world is no longer a clean and peaceful place, so where on earth is heaven?
Enormous physical threat as such, new waves of cultural identity and globalization challenge are following in stacks, and no divine culture can possibly stagnate. How can we steer the empirical current living environment and our paradise imagination toward a more reliable future? The 2019 Chiayi International Art Doc Film Festival will, based on examining virtual heaven vs. cruel reality, look into our own fragmental status, the subject of cultural introspection and its road to re-discover a new phrase.