Feature films directed by Mainland directors received 37 nominations, compared to 35 for Taiwan-based directors and 25 for Hong Kong directors. The jury — which are primarily local critics and film-makers — typically favours Taiwan films, notably in the newcomer categories.
No films from Singapore or Malaysia received nominations. All nominated films receive a single public performance, which will likely represent the only screenings of several Chinese films in Taiwan. Only ten Mainland films are permitted to open in Taiwan each year, and domestic festivals largely ignore the huge market on their doorstep despite its increasing importance to Taiwan cinema.
Mystery, which premiered in the Cannes Film Festival's Un Certain Regard sidebar, opens in China on 19 Oct, however Lou Ye has said that he would remove his name from the film because of cuts he was required to make. Beijing Blues won a best director prize at the Shanghai International Film Festival 上海國際電影節 in June.
The 49th Golden Horse Awards ceremony will be held on 24 Nov in Taiwan's Yilan County.