Macao all set to host the 4th International Film Festival & Award this December


The 4th International Film Festival & Awards Macao (IFFAM) is being held from December 5 to 10 this year.

Director of Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) and President of the IFFAM Organising Committee, Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Artistic Director of IFFAM Mike Goodridge and Executive Vice President of the IFFAM Organising Committee and President of Macau Films & Television Productions and Culture Association (MFTPA), Alvin Chau, attended the press conference together with others.

In her remarks, Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes emphasised that the Organising Committee will continue to push forward the development of Macao’s film, cultural and creative industries, enhance exchange opportunities with international movies as well as unveil a wider landscape for development of cultural and artistic platforms, tourism and other fields through this edition of IFFAM. With the experience from the last three editions, the Organising Committee will progressively shape IFFAM into a mega-event established with its own positioning, unique characteristics and special elements of Macao. Over the years, the IFFAM teams have made unreserved efforts in delivering the best. In terms of film selection, two of the films screened in the past two editions of the Film Festival have garnered the Oscars for Best Picture in 2018 and 2019 respectively. The Committee hopes to cultivate a more profound level of appreciation towards international films among audiences in Macao by bringing together Chinese and Western movies of remarkable quality.

IFFAM Artistic Director Mike Goodridge expressed, “I am very happy how our programme has come together this year and I can’t wait for the audiences of Macao to sample the many cinematic pleasures on offer. From our delightful opening film JoJo Rabbit to our wonderful international competition and our newly expanded New Chinese Cinema competition, we have a treasure trove of films to offer. Our programming team has been working non-stop all year round to select these titles and the around 50 films we are showing will bring a host of film-makers and special guests to present them. I am especially pleased that there are five new Macao features in the programme in this special anniversary year.”

Opening movie won the People’s Choice Award in Toronto International Film Festival

Jojo Rabbit is a satirical black comedy film and a screen adaptation of Christine Leunens’ novel Caging Skies. The story is set against the backdrop of the Second World War, about a young German boy (portrayed by Roman Griffin Davis) in face of various disputes in the times of turbulence. The movie creates a humorous portrayal of solemn and sensitive issues through the eyes of a child, turning a hilarious black satirical comedy into life. The film was directed by Taika Waititi, whose other directed films include Thor: Ragnarok, What We do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople.

Cinematic feast for audiences

The Film Festival will screen an extravaganza of around 50 feature and short films from the East and West through various sections as follows: opening and closing films; three competition sections namely International Competition, New Chinese Cinema and Shorts Competition; six non-competition sections including World Panorama, Flying Daggers, Gala, Special Presentations, ‘20th Anniversary Macao Special Presentations’ and Director’s Choice, among other sections in the program.

The 10 entries in the International Competition include Bellbird (New Zealand); Bombay Rose (India/France/United Kingdom/Qatar); Buoyancy (Australia); Family Members (Argentina); Give Me Liberty (United States); Goldie (United Kingdom/France); Homecoming (Indonesia); Lynn + Lucy (United Kingdom/France); Two of Us (France/Belgium/Netherlands/Luxembourg) and Two/One (United Kingdom/Mainland China/ Canada), etc.

Another competition section, New Chinese Cinema, pits the following entries against each other: Better Days (Mainland China), Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains (Mainland China), Lucky Grandma (United States), To Live to Sing (Mainland China/France), Wet Season (Singapore) and Wisdom Tooth (Mainland China), among other films.

IFFAM will engage around 450 film industry professionals and media

From December 6 to 8, the Film Festival will stage the IFFAM Industry Hub at the Macao Cultural Centre. 200 film industry professionals from 28 countries and regions are invited to connect and explore partnership opportunities in the Industry Hub. One of the major highlights, IFFAM Project Market, will bring together 14 promising film projects for investors to learn more about through the presentations. For the Work-in-progress Presentations this year, filmmakers will be invited to present their completed or soon-to-be-completed film projects and join business matchmaking meetings. The programme aims to align these film projects with partnership opportunities, from securing funds for completion of filming and post-production, film distribution to screening in film festivals.

It is expected that 250 media entities from over 28 countries and regions will join the event. The Organising Committee seeks to widen the coverage for IFFAM in both traditional and social media.

One of the selected film projects in IFFAM Project Market 2016, The Long Walk, participated in the Work-in-progress Presentations newly launched last year. The film production was later completed and will be presented to audiences in World Panorama, one of the non-competition sections, in this edition of IFFAM. The success of the film project proves the effective platform offered by the IFFAM Industry Hub for filmmakers and the advantages delivered by the Film Festival.