Saturday, November 30, 2019

The 4th International Film Festival • Macao (IFFAM)


28 November 2019: The International Film Festival & Awards • Macao (IFFAM) will take place from 5th December (Thursday) to 10th December (Tuesday). This year’s programme features 10 big sections showcasing over 50 international films, and presents three competition sections – International CompetitionNew Chinese Cinema and Shorts Competition.
A brand-new section titled 20th Anniversary Macao Special Presentations will unfold in the Film Festival this year to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Macao Special Administration Region. The IFFAM Organizing Committee will continue to push forward the development of Macao films, and 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.
Festival Programme Highlights
The 4th International Film Festival & Awards•Macao will be screening over 50 international films. Programmes include: Opening and Closing CeremonyOpening FilmInternational CompetitionGala, Flying Daggers, World Panorama, New Chinese Cinema, Director’s Choice, Special Presentations, 20th Anniversary Macao Special Presentations, Shorts Competition, etc. The Industry Hub activities and Masterclass will also be held during the 6-day festival period.
Opening, Closing and Award Ceremony
Opening Ceremony
Date: December 5, 2019 (Thursday)
Venue: Macao Cultural Centre
Red Carpet: 5:30pm
Ceremony: 7pm
Closing and Award Ceremony
Date: December 10, 2019 (Tuesday)
Venue: Macao Cultural Centre
Red Carpet: 6:30pm
Ceremony: 8pm

Opening Film
Jojo Rabbit – 44th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Grolsch People’s Choice Award
Date: December 5, 2019 (Thursday)
Screening Time: 8:30pm
Venue: Macao Cultural Centre – Grand Auditorium
Closing Film
i’m livin’ it – Selected for competition for 32nd Tokyo International Film Festival
Date: December 10, 2019 (Tuesday)
Screening Time: 9pm
Venue: Macao Cultural Centre – Small Auditorium
International Competition  An international competition comprising of 10 feature films which is a showcase for first and second time filmmakers with 60,000 USD as the award winning prize
·         Bellbird, by Hamish BennettNew Zealand)
·         Bombay Rose, by Gitanjali RaoIndia/France/UK/Qatar
·         Buoyancy, by Rodd RathjenAustralia
·         Family Members, by Mateo BendeskyArgentina
·         Give Me Liberty, by Kirill MikhanovskyUSA
·         Goldie, by Sam de Jong USA/Netherlands
·         Homecoming, by Adriyanto DewoIndonesia
·         Lynn + Lucy, by Fyzal BoulifaUK/France
·         Two Of Us, by Filippo Meneghetti France/Belgium/Netherlands/Luxembourg
·         Two/One, by Juan CabralUK/Mainland China/Canada
Gala A selection of mainstream crowd-pleasing films will be screened in a series of red-carpet presentations
UK Galas
·         Judy, by Rupert GooldUK
·         A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon, by Will Becher and Richard PhelanUK
Japan Gala
·         Dance With Me, by Shinobu YaguchiJapan

Flying Daggers  A non-competitive selection of films representing the latest style of genre cinema, including TIFF People’s Choice Award winner The Platform
·         First Love, by Takashi MiikeJapan
·         The Lighthouse, by Robert EggersUSA
·         The Platform, by Galder Gaztelu-UrrutiaSpain
World Panorama Celebrated directors and award-winning films from major international film festivals
·         Balloon, by Pema TsedenMainland China
·         Dirty God, by Sacha PolakNetherlands/UK/Belgium/Ireland
·         Little Joe, by Jessica HausnerAustria/UK/Germany
·          My Zoe, by Julie DelpyFrance/Germany
·         Proxima, by Alice WinocourFrance/Germany
·         Saturday Fiction, by Lou YeMainland China
·         The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão, by Karim AïnouzBrazil
·         The Long Walk, by Mattie DoLaos/Spain/Singapore
·          The Wild Goose Lake, by Diao YinanMainland China
New Chinese Cinema  A competition section of outstanding films from Chinese-speaking territories
·         Better Days, by Derek TsangMainland China/Hong Kong
·         Dwelling In The Fuchun Mountains, by Gu XiaogangMainland China
·          Lucky Grandma, by Sasie SealyUSA
·         Over The Sea, by Sun AoqianMainland China
·         To Live, To Sing by Johnny MaMainland China/France
·         Wet Season, by Anthony ChenSingapore
·         Wisdom Tooth, by Liang MingMainland China
Director’s Choice  Film classics selected by Asian and non-Asian filmmakers
·         The 400 Blows 1959, François Truffaut, selected by Anthony Chen
·         Blow-Up1966, Michelangelo Antonioni, selected by Wang Xiaoshuai
·         Tokyo Story 1953, Yasujirô Ozu, selected by Cristian Mungiu
Special Presentations Screenings of films at the discretion of the Artistic Director and jury president related to special guest attendance
·         A City Called Macau, by Li Shaohong2019, Mainland China – Starring Talent Ambassador Carina Lau
·         The Captain, by Andrew Lau 2019, Mainland China
·         Dark Waters, by Todd Haynes2019, USA – Screening as “Hollywood Special Presentation”
·         The Domain, by Tiago Guedes2019, Portugal
·         Flowers of Shanghai, by Hou Hsiao-hsien1998, Taiwan/Japan – Starring Talent Ambassador Carina Lau
·         A Hidden Life, by Terrence Malick2019, Germany/USA
·         The Present, by Hur Jin-ho2019, South Korea– Short film starring Talent Ambassador Suho
·         Red Amnesia2014, Mainland China – Tribute to Ambassador Wang Xiaoshuai’s achievements
·         The Truth, by Hirokazu Koreeda2109, Japan/France – Starring Talent Ambassador Juliette Binoche
20th Anniversary Macao Special Presentations  Marks the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Macao Special Administrative Region
·         Ina and the Blue Tiger Sauna, by António Caetano de Faria and Bernardo Rao
·         Let’s Sing, by Keo Lou
·         Patio of Illusion, by Chen Shangshi
·         String of Sorrow, by Oliver Fa
·         Years of Macao, by Tou Kim Hong, Penny Lam, Albert Chu, Emily Chan, Peeko Wong, Chao Koi Wang, Maxim Bessmertny, Ao Leong Weng Fong and António Caetano de Faria
IN FOCUS (Retrospective) – This year’s Actress IN FOCUS is Zhou Dongyu. She stars in Derek Tsang’s Better Days, which will be screening in the New Chinese Cinema section
Shorts Competition  A selection of 10 Chinese-language shorts from Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macao
Masterclass  Invited festival ambassador, Korean director Kim Yong-hwa and BAFTA’s special mention Lily James as speakers and interact with Macau audiences and film industry insiders
Industry Hub Inviting over 200 industry professionals from 28countries to participate or present in film forums from December 6-8
International Competition
·         Best Film
·         Best Director
·         Best Actress
·         Best Actor
·         Best Screenplay
New Chinese Cinema
·         Best Film
·         Best Director
·         Best Actress
·         Best Actor
·         Best Screenplay
Other Awards
·         Best Short Film
·         Macao Audience Choice Award
·         Audience Choice Award for Chinese-language Films
·         “Spirit of Cinema” Achievement Award
·         Asian Blockbuster Film 2019
·         NETPAC Award
·         Variety Asian Star: Up Next Awards 2019

Ticketing  IFFAM public screening tickets are now available for purchase through the Macau Ticketing Network at Tickets are also available at the screening venue from December 5-10 during the festival.

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