Macau (MNA) – The Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes told Macau News Agency (MNA) that the International Film Festival and Awards Macao (IFFAM) continues to be an opportunity for local filmmakers to not just show their work to resident audiences but to the international market.
“The film industry here is small we have to acknowledge that, but we’re happy that over the years we have been able to provide that platform for them to showcase themselves so that not just the local population can see them but the international contingent who comes here can also see them,” Ms. Fernandes told MNA.
As in the previous two IFFAM edition’s, there will be two locally produced feature films, Nobody Nose by Kong Ruiliang and Empire Hotel by locally based Portuguese director, Ivo Ferreira, with several local directors and filmmakers also showcasing their short films at the Local View Power festival section.
“Every year we invite various different festival directors or artistic directors from film festivals to come to Macau. We’re putting together face-to-face sessions for local directors to meet [them] and try and entice them take our productions to their festivals,” she added.
Local directors Tracy Choi and Chao Koi Wang will also take their movie proposals, Lost Paradise and Wonderland respectively, to the IFFAM Project Market, which gathers 14 movie proposals competing for four prizes totaling US$40,000 (US$321,925).
“This is something we will continue doing in the future but at the same time we will continue to encourage more local projects to come to the market. Year one we did not have any Macau projects in the project market showcasing themselves, last year we had two and this year we also have two,” the MGTO head said.
“We’re really thinking what we can do for the local people but the thing is, we can provide the platform the opportunity but they have to go out themselves, open up themselves and be more ambitious in trying to make their projects go out. There’s only so much we can do”
Ms. Fernandes also underlined that IFFAM is an opportunity to try and attract foreign filmmakers to get to know the city and possibly make it a background or shooting destination for their film projects.
“That’s why we offer tours to both the media and industry people, because we want them to see Macau as we see them not what they just read about, casinos, etc. As a tourism director we also want to bring opportunities for other filmmakers to look at Macau as a shooting location or for collaboration projects,” Ms. Fernandes told MNA.