The 2nd International Film Festival & Awards ‧ Macao (IFFAM) will be staged from 8 to 14 December. The theme this year for the festival is “A New Avenue to the World of Films” which aspires to forge IFFAM into a prestigious global brand.
This year’s IFFAM continues to tread new ground with a surprisingly new cinematic experience that is eclectic and innovative at once, from viewers’ as well as industrial perspectives. The festival serves as a bridge that connects the audience and the world, while allowing new forces to showcase their talents.
Internationally-famous action star Donnie Yen, famous film actress in Asia, Miriam Yeung, Hollywood star Jeremy Renner, who starred as Hawkeye in the Marvel film and rising Korean star D.O. will also come into the spotlight as Talent Ambassadors in the upcoming Film Festival. All four Talent Ambassadors are prominent film stars with their own respective accomplishments in the Chinese and Western film industries. Jeremy Renner, D.O. and Miriam Yeung will be attending the Opening Ceremony, while Donnie Yen will mark his presence at the Award Ceremony on 14 December. Internationally-acclaimed film director John Woo, Shekhar Kapur, Choi Dong Hoon, Hollywood film producer Gianni Nunnari and famous Hong Kong director Pang Ho-Cheung as Festival Ambassador.
In addition to the four Talent Ambassadors, internationally renowned star Michelle Yeoh will be the subject of this year’s In Focus tribute, with a screening of 2010’s hit Reign of Assassins, directed by Su Chao-pin. Michelle Yeoh will also take park in an In Conversation event on December 14th. Her conversation at IFFAM will embrace a stunning movie career that has spanned over 30 years.
On the night of the Opening Ceremony, family movie “Paddington 2” will be shown as the Opening Film, starring famous English actor Hugh Grant in this sequel of the widely acclaimed movie “Paddington” (2014), based on the well-loved character in the United Kingdom – Paddington.
In this edition, more than 40 international films will be screened through the Competition section, Gala, Flying Daggers, Best of Fest Panorama, “Crossfire”, Special Presentation and more. 10 films are 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).
This year’s international jury comprises 5 distinguished figures, presided by French director Laurent Cantet, famed Chinese American actress Joan Chen, Austrian director Jessica Hausner, United Kingdom author Lawrence Osborne and Singaporean director Royston Tan. With their expertise, the jury will select winners for Best Film, Jury Prize, Best Director, Best Actor Award, Best Actress Award, Award for Best New Young Actor or Actress, Award for Best Screenplay, Award for Best Technical Contribution and other awards from the 10 films in the Competition section.
Films in the IFFAM programme will be shown to the public at Macao Cultural Centre, Macau Tower Convention and Entertainment Centre, and Cinematheque・Passion. Residents and visitors can buy the film tickets through www.macauticket.com or at the screening venues during the Film Festival.
For more details of the 2nd IFFAM, please visit http://iffamacao.com/en/.