Press Release: 4th International Film Festival & Awards Macao will commence in December

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4th International Film Festival & Awards‧Macao will commence in December. Acclaimed Hong Kong film director Peter Chan, film star Carina Lau and popular Korean boy band EXO’s leader Suho came on board for IFFAM

Kuala Lumpur, 7 November 2019 – The 4th International Film Festival & Awards‧Macao (IFFAM) will be staged from 5th to 10th December this year. Famous Hong Kong Director Peter Chan will be Jury President of the Competition; acclaimed best actress of Chinese films, Carina Lau, and popular Korean boy band EXO’s leader Suho will be Talent Ambassadors respectively in the 4th IFFAM.

The International Film Festival & Awards‧Macao celebrates the extraordinary contributions of filmmakers to the Asian film world and pays special tribute to classic film works, while enhancing the experience Macao has to offer as an international city and showing to the world the city’s diverse new dynamic of the cultural and creative development.

Three Festival Ambassadors of the year include Korean director of the film series “Along with the Gods”, Kim Yong-Hwa, acclaimed Indian film director, actor, producer and TV program host Karan Johar, as well as Chinese independent film director Wang Xiaoshuai.

Peter Chan will be Jury President of the Competition

Coming on board as the Jury President of the Competition in the 4th IFFAM, Peter Chan is an accomplished filmmaker, film director, producer and screenwriter. Since the 1990s, Chan has directed many critically-acclaimed films that also hit high box office records and garnered a range of film awards.

With her outstanding acting performances, famous Hong Kong film star Carina Lau has gained the honor of best actress at the Hong Kong Film Awards, Golden Bauhinia Awards, Golden Roosters and Hundred Flowers Film Festival, Osaka Asian Film Festival, Festival of the 3 Continents. In 2017, she was invited to become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Suho is a widely-acclaimed artist in Korea and around the world. As a singer, he and other EXO members have reached the pinnacles of success with their outstanding accomplishments in the Korean and Asian world of modern music. His radiant talents have also extended into musicals, TV dramas and movies in recent years.

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 ten entries in the International Competition include Bellbird, Bombay Rose, Buoyancy, Family Members, Give Me Liberty, Goldie, Homecoming, Lynn + Lucy, Two of Us and Two/One and etc.

Opening movie won 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.

4th International Film Festival & Awards‧Macao will feature “20th Anniversary Macao Special Presentations”

To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Macao Special Administrative Region, this edition of IFFAM will present a special section titled “20th Anniversary Macao Special Presentations”. A selection of local films will be screened in this non-competition section, including Ina and The Blue Tiger Sauna, Let’s Sing, Patio of Illusion, Strings of Sorrow and Years of Macao, to bring outstanding local film productions into the limelight on the international stage, showcase the diverse dynamic of the cultural and creative industries in Macao and pay tribute to the city’s film industry professionals.

The Film Festival will feature a new competition “SHORTS” this year, joining universities from Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macao to accept short film entries created by their students. Ten entries will be selected for screening during the 4th IFFAM and the best short film will be chosen.

“New Chinese Cinema” adds competition element

The “New Chinese Cinema” this year will be adding competition element and five accolades, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Actress, will be conferred to commend filmmakers for their extraordinary artistry.

Organized by MGTO and MFTPA, the Film Festival is committed to become a major gathering for international filmmakers to enhance cultural exchange, while putting forward Asian film talent and film works onto the global stage. As an annual international event in Macao, the Film Festival 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.

Ticketing starts tomorrow

Films in the IFFAM programme will be shown to the public at Macao Cultural Centre, Macau Tower, Cinematheque・Passion and Macao Old Court Building. Residents and visitors can buy the film tickets through starting from now, or at the screening venues during the Film Festival.

For more information about the 4th International Film Festival & Awards‧Macao, please visit: (Source: Organizing Committee of International Film Festival & Awards‧Macao)

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