MACAO to take centre stage for film festival and awards
MACAO is set to roll out the red carpet for a host of celebrities and upcoming stars at the 2nd International Film Festival and Awards (IFFAM).
The gala festival – to be staged from December 8-14, 2017, and promoted by the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) – will present a dazzling line up of international film stars and directors, among them the internationally-reputed action star Donnie Yen, who will have the role of new talent ambassador.
Yen, also known as Yen Chi Tan, is a Hong Kong actor, martial artist, film director, producer, action choreographer, and multiple-time world wushu tournament champion.
Internationally-acclaimed film director John Woo – Chinese-born Hong Kong film director, writer, and producer and owner of Lion Rock Production – will be a festival ambassador.
Taking on the role as IFFAM artistic director is Britain’s Mike Goodridge who was most recently CEO of London-based sales, finance and production company Protagonist Pictures.
During his tenure, from 2012 to 2017, he doubled the company’s revenues and oversaw world sales of over $80m. In those five years, he oversaw the financing, production and distribution of over 60 films including hit titles like Love & Friendship, Hunt for The Wilderpeople, American Honey, The Lobster, Lady Macbeth, God’s Own Country, ’71, Calvary, Paris Can Wait and Free Fire as well as Cannes 2017 hits The Florida Project and The Rider.
The films he worked on won two jury prizes in competition at Cannes and an Oscar as well as awards at Toronto, Venice, Berlin and Sundance.
On the night of the Opening Ceremony, family movie “Paddington 2” will be shown as the opening film, starring famous English actor Hugh Grant. The movie is the sequel to the widely acclaimed movie “Paddington” (2014), based on the well-loved character in the United Kingdom – Paddington the bear.
More than 40 international films will be screened through the competition section, gala, flying daggers, best of fest panorama, “Crossfire”, special presentation and various other categories
Ten films will be selected to pit against each other in the competition section, including “Beast” (UK), “The Cakemaker” (Israel/Germany), “Custody” (France), “Foxtrot” (Israel/Germany/France/ Switzerland), “The Hungry” (UK/India), “Borg McEnroe” (Sweden/Denmark/Finland), “Hunting Season” (Argentina/USA/France/Germany/Qatar), “My Pure Land” (UK), “Three Peaks” (Germany/Italy) and “Wrath of Silence” (China).
UK war film “Journey’s End” will be featured in the gala section; while two Hollywood films – “The Shape of Water” and “Suburbicon”, both being screened in the 74th Venice International Film Festival – will be shown in the Hollywood special presentation section.
The “Crossfire” will present classic genre films selected by 6 heavyweight directors, namely Shekhar Kapur (India), Im Sang Soo (Korea), Penek Ratanaruang (Thailand), Martin Koolhoven (Netherland), Guillermo Del Toro (Mexico) and Ivan Sen (Australia).
To go in line with the recent designation of Macao as UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, the organising committee has arranged two movies related to gastronomy to be shown during the film festival: “The Last Recipe” and “The Cakemaker”.