Legislator LIN Cho-shui held a public hearing, inviting Council of Cultural Affairs, Government Information Office’s Motion Picture Industry Division, and the Council for Economic Planning and Development to come together and offer their views on the issues of the placement of films and historical materials after the privatization of Taiwan Film Culture Co. The consensus reached was that related parties should apply for fundings for materials to be stored at CTFA.
The 82 early Taiwanese films, including Outside the Window, donated by Hong Kong’s Chiu Yep Limited arrived at CTFA’s vaults.
The “1998 Taiwan International Documentary Festival” co-organized by Taiwan Documentary Development Association, Spring Breeze Cultural and Educational Foundation, closed and met great success. This was Taiwan's first large-scale international documentary film festival, with the theme of "Return to Asia ." Despite being a new film festival, it attracted approximately 260 films from 30 countries. The enthusiastic response exceeded expectations.
The “Taipei Film Awards”, co-organized by Taipei City Government, Taipei Culture Foundation, and CTFA, expanded again and was renamed “Taipei Film Festival”, becoming the first film festival named after a city in Taiwan.
Taiwanese director HO Fei-kuang, known for his anti-Japanese war films in the early years, was stranded in Shanghai after the fall of mainland China to communism and suffered political persecution. He passed away in mainland China at the beginning of this year. His wife, CHU Chia-wei and their children visited CTFA accompanied by directors LEE Hsing and George WANG to watch Ho's films Madame X and Defending Our Home Village.