Fast-rising film festival International Film Festival & Awards． Macao (IFFAM) today announced that the dates for its fifth annual event have been set as Dec 3-8 in the city of Macao, China. Online submissions will open for film makers starting June 15 at iffamacao.com/submissions.
The festival will present a full programme of features and shorts and, in a year which has seen the world battle the COVID-19 pandemic, the theme of the event will be “A Celebration Of Life & The Big Screen”. A specially curated section will be devoted to a selection of films that define the out-of-home “big screen” experience.
Director of Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) and President of the Organizing Committee of the International Film Festival & Awards‧Macao (IFFAM), Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes stated, “The coronavirus pneumonia pandemic has created a sweeping global impact and posed new barriers among people. Film, however, possesses the invincible power to transcend such barriers and continue to foster human connections around the world. In these times of adversity, our hope is kindled as the film industry never ceases moving forward with perseverance, like film reels that keep rolling. Bringing new film productions into the cinematic world, filmmakers weave boundless possibilities out of the impossible. At this moment, the IFFAM Organizing Committee embraces a positive outlook for the future and actively gears up for the 5th International Film Festival & Awards‧Macao to be unveiled this December. We look forward to share with all of you the fruits of hard work from worldwide filmmakers and contribute to steering the film industry forward and building a brighter future together.”
“It has been heartbreaking to see cinemas around the world closed this year, so IFFAM would like to celebrate the return to cinemas and the joy of this beautiful communal experience,” said IFFAM artistic director Mike Goodridge. “There is nothing quite like sitting in the dark and sharing a movie with strangers, laughing together, crying together, screaming together. We can’t wait to see Macao audiences getting back into theatres and bring an exhilarating programme of film and guests to them in December.”