Macao is getting ready to host its first ever International Film Festival, which will take place between December 8th-13th.
Spanning six consecutive days, the event will showcase the best of Asian and international cinema with a programme of film premieres and screenings for both Asian and Western film, red-carpet presentations, industry events, master classes and an awards ceremony.
A partnership with the British Film Institute will see young film makers from Macao making a short film that will premiere during the festival.
Kicking off with a screening of the French film “Polina, danser sa vie”, the International Film Festival and Awards Macao will screen a total of 50 films from over 20 countries, including nine from the UK.
For most of the films this will be either their world or Asian premiere, making this not only a highlight of Macao’s cultural calendar but also that of the world.
Other festival highlights will include Hidden Dragons (nine films representing the latest trends in contemporary Asian genre cinema), Crossfire (favourite films chosen by 12 East Asian genre film directors) and master classes from Hollywood producer Gianni Nunnari and Academy Award-winning writer and producer, Tom McCarthy.
In a three-day Industry Hub from December 9th-11th, film industry professionals from around the globe have been invited to enhance industry interchanges and create new business opportunities.
Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, director of Macao Government Tourism Office and festival director of the IFFAM said: “This exciting new festival will enrich Macao’s cultural appeal and generate world class exchange opportunities.
“We look forward to welcoming international directors, producers, stars, buyers, distributors and investors to Macao, and to an exciting programme of screenings and events that will raise Macao’s profile to a new level.”