Published on : Monday, December 17, 2018
The Awards Ceremony of the 3rd International Film Festival & Awards Macao was staged at the Macao Cultural Centre at 8:00 p.m. tonight , gathering around 800 guests including internationally-acclaimed film directors, film stars and industry professionals from around the world. The Film Festival screened 54 spectacular films this year, including 11 films competing for nine awards in the Competition section as well as six film entries of the “New Chinese Cinema” for the Best New Chinese-language Film of the Year. All winners were revealed at the Awards Ceremony tonight.
Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao Special Administrative Region Government, Alexis Tam; Spouse of Chief Executive of the Macao Special Administrative Region, Winnie Fok; Director of Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) and President of the IFFAM Organizing Committee, Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes; the two Executive Vice Presidents of the IFFAM Organizing Committee, namely, President of Macau Films & Television Productions and Culture Association (MFTPA), Alvin Chau, and President of Cultural Affairs Bureau, Mok Ian Ian; IFFAM Ambassadors Shekhar Kapur and Xue Xiao Lu; Talent Ambassador Aaron Kwok; Jury President of IFFAM, Chen Kaige; Jury members of IFFAM, Mabel Cheung, Danis Tanović, Tillotama Shome, and Paul Currie; Artistic Director of IFFAM, Mike Goodridge; Director of El Gouna Film Festival, Intishal Al Timimi; Director of Sydney Film Festival, Nashen Moodley; Artistic Director of Chicago International Film Festival, Mimi Plauché, and Creative Director of Mumbai International Film Festival, Smriti Kiran, were present at the Awards Ceremony among other personages. Famed Hong Kong hosts Bob Lam and Astrid Chan are the hosts of the evening.
MGTO Director and President of the 3rd IFFAM Organizing Committee, Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, remarked in her address at the Awards Ceremony, “The week-long Film Festival has taken audiences on a visual journey across 54 extraordinary feature films and 14 local short films. In the IFFAM Industry Hub, the Project Market has cast the spotlight on 14 much-anticipated new film projects. Among them, two Macao projects were named winners of the Best Project Award and the Macao Spirit Award. Meanwhile, 400 individual Project Meetings have aligned production teams with investors in face-to-face dialogues, while the new Work-in-Progress Presentations have opened windows for filmmakers in search of partnership opportunities for projects close to completion. We are eager to see the Film Festival bring bright opportunities for filmmakers in Macao and from around the world.”