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International Film Festival & Awards Macao Last Call for Entries

August 1 deadline looms for groundbreaking film fest with hefty $60,000 top prize.  


It may be one of Asia’s newer film festivals, but the International Film Festival & Awards Macao (IFFAM) is definitely making its mark in the industry. It already boasted of a solid line-up during its first edition that took place last December with impressive, independent titles in competition such as Free Fire by British filmmaker, Ben Wheatley, El Invierno (The Winter) by Argentinian filmmaker, Emiliano Torres, and Saint George, by Portuguese filmmaker, Marco Martins, among others. Last year’s edition also showcased more commercial titles like J.A. Bayona’s A Monster Calls, the Natalie Portman top-billed biopic, Jackie, and 2016’s surprise Asian blockbuster hit, Train To Busan.

For this year’s 2nd edition, IFFAM aims to break even bigger ground by expanding their programme selections. Submissions are open now in the following categories:

Competition – An international competition comprising 10 feature films, showcasing works for first- and second-time filmmakers. A jury of five film personalities will appraise and award the outstanding films with a $60,000 top prize awaiting for the best film;

Flying Daggers – A non-competitive selection of international genre films;

Best of Fest Panorama – A non-competitive selection of films from other major international film festivals throughout the year;

For all the Family – A small selection of films from all over the world that appeal to a wide family audience.

The categories mentioned above will only accept films that have not been theatrically distributed before January 1, 2017. Apart from the aforementioned categories, IFFAM’s exciting programme also includes the Crossfire (Retrospective) category, which is a non-competitive selection of 6 classic genre films (3 from East Asia and 3 from the rest of the world) selected by 6 well-known directors.

IFFAM extends beyond film screenings and will also host the IFFAM Industry Hub, with over 500 local and international media representatives, international buyers, directors, talent, producers, distributors and investors expected to join this year. There’s also the Masterclasses, wherein film professionals provide an in-depth discussion into their respective crafts and how to break it in the cutthroat industry. One of last year’s most sought out Masterclass, a thorough discussion on Screenwriting, was given by none other than Oscar-winning screenwriter/director, Thomas McCarthy (Spotlight).

IFFAM 2017 is slated to take place between 8th – 14th December, 2017 at the Macao Cultural Centre. Newly appointed IFFAM Artistic Director, Mike Goodridge, former CEO of British-based Protagonist Pictures encourages filmmakers, especially those just launching their careers to submit to IFFAM. “This is a young festival and we think that our international competition should consist of work from young directors who can offer fresh perspectives on the world we live in,” Goodridge says.

The deadline for submissions is just right around the corner so IFFAM invites interested filmmakers to complete their online application forms immediately. For full mechanics and how to submit, click here:

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Janice freelances as a Screenwriter and Director in the Philippines and the U.S., but her first, great love will always be Creative Writing. She's contributed for dailies and magazines in her island hometown of Cebu from the age of 14. One of her most exciting writing gigs was in the Film section of the now-defunct lifestyle webzine, Limité, in which she got to interview one of her filmmaker heroes, Richard Linklater in New York City in 2012. When she's not writing or daydreaming up stories, Janice loves to go backpacking around small islands, making driftwood art, and playing with her Shih-Poo dog, Brandy.

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