International Film Festival & Awards Macao (IFFAM) has confirmed that it is going ahead as a physical event in the city of Macao and has set its dates for December 3-8.
Reflecting the global battle against the Covid-19 pandemic, the theme of the festival will be “A Celebration Of Life & The Big Screen”.
The festival will screen a full programme of features and shorts, including a specially curated section devoted to films that define the out-of-home “big screen” experience.
Winners at last year’s IFFAM included Give Me Liberty, directed by Kirill Mikhanovsky, which won the best film award, while Best New Chinese-language Film of the Year went to Gu Xiaogang’s Dwelling In The Fuchun Mountains.
“It has been heart-breaking 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.”
Online submissions for IFFAM will open for filmmakers starting June 15.