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Macau successfully hosts first International Film Festival and Awards Ceremony

Macao hosted its first ever International Film Festival earlier last month. The event spanned six days, and showcased the bests of Asian and International film, through premieres, screening, red carpet events, master classes, presentations, and a glamourous awards ceremony. There was also a premiere screening of a short film made by Macao film makers in partnership with the British Film Institute.

Macau successfully hosts first International Film Festival and Awards Ceremony

Last month, Macau hosted its very first International Film Festival in partnership with the British Film Institute. The event last six days and showcased some of the best Asian and international films.

The event started with a screening of the French film “Polina, danser sa vie”, and more than 50 films were shown throughout the event, from more than 20 countries worldwide, including nine films from the United Kingdom. In a partnership with the British Film Institute, young film makers from Macao had the opportunity to premiere their short film during the festival.

As well as screenings, there were red-carpet presentations, workshops, industry events, a glitzy awards ceremony, and master classes from Hollywood producer Gianni Nunnari and the Academy Award-winning writer and producer, Tom McCarthy. Winners of awards included Emiliano Torres from Argentina who won the Best Film award for "The Winter", and Tracy Choi, who won the Macao Audience Choice Award for her first feature film called "Sisterhood", which was based on the lives of a group of women working in a massage parlour in Macau.

Speaking prior to the event, Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, the Director of Macao Government Tourism Office and the Festival Director of the International Film Festival Awards-Macau (IFFAM), said:

“This exciting new festival will enrich Macao’s cultural appeal and generate world class exchange opportunities.”

She added:

“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.”

During the festival, there was a three-day Industry Hub event, where global film industry professionals were invited to create new business opportunities, promote industry exchanges, and connect with local film professionals. IFFAM was organised by the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) and Macau Films & Television Productions and Culture Association (MFTPA), in association with various sponsors and affiliates.

Macau is emerging as an exciting leisure destination on the south coast of China, thanks to its luxury casinos, shopping malls, and entertainment venues. Often compared to Las Vegas in the United States, Macau is also home to Studio City, a US$3.2 billion casino and entertainment resort that opened in October 2015 and has attracted global stars such as including Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Robert De Niro.

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