Chen Kaige announced as Jury President of the 3rd International Film Festival & Awards • Macao

Macao, April 25, 2018 (Thursday)

The International Film Festival & Awards • Macao (IFFAM) is today delighted to announce that Chen Kaige will serve as International Competition Jury President at the 3rd edition of the festival, which will take place from 8 to 14 December 2018.

The International Competition programme is dedicated exclusively to films by first and second time film makers and includes an award of 60,000 USD for best feature.

Chen Kaige was awarded the 1993 Palme d’Or for his masterpiece FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE and still remains the only Chinese director to have won this prize.

Mike Goodridge, Artistic Director of the IFFAM, comments “There are very few directors who can boast careers as rich and profound as Chen Kaige. With a 35 year filmography spanning YELLOW EARTH to last year’s dizzyingly spectacular LEGEND OF THE DEMON CAT, he pioneered a new era in Chinese cinema in the 1980s and 1990s, yet continues to challenge himself today with the same energy, ambition and command of the medium across many different genres. His early films had a great impact on me when I was a student, showing me China and its people for the first time on screen. Indeed the humanity of his work has always resonated with audiences both in and outside China. That he has agreed to be our jury president this year is a great honour to our festival.”

IFFAM Programme Highlights
Continuing the festival’s theme of A New Avenue to The World of Films, for its third edition the IFFAM is expanding its programme to include New Chinese Cinema, a showcase of four to six films representing the programming team’s choice of the best of Chinese language cinema first screened in 2018.In addition the festival will screen a small collection of one to three films which will appeal to a wide family audience in the For All the Family strand. These films will be selected from all over the world.

As per previous editions the rest of the programme will comprise of the following strands:

Competition – An international competition comprising a maximum of twelve feature films which is a showcase for first and second time film-makers with 60,000 USD as the award winning prize.

Gala – mainstream crowd pleasing films will be presented, comprising a maximum of six films

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 of the year

Director’s Choice (Retrospective) – A non-competitive selection of six classic genre films, selected by six well-known directors; three films from Asia selected by non-Asian directors and three films from the world outside Asia selected by Asian directors

In Focus (Retrospective) – A celebration of one or two specific outstanding talents to be invited among directors, actors, actresses, writers, directors of photography, production designers, producers, composers, editors etc with screenings of their films and on-stage interviews

Special Presentations – Screenings of films at the discretion of the Artistic director and jury president related to special guest attendance and lifetime achievement honorees

The IFFAM Industry Hub and Masterclasses will also be held during the event.

International Professional Team
The International Professional Team for IFFAM includes Artistic Director, Head of Festival Management, Ambassadors, International Advisory Board, Head of Industry as well as Programming Consultants. Mike Goodridge and Lorna Tee are Artistic Director and Head of Festival Management respectively.

The team of International Consultants in charge of film selection include Giovanna Fulvi for Mainland China, Hong Kong and the Taiwan Region; Violeta Bava for Latin America, Spain and Portugal; Fionnuala Halligan for Europe, Russia, Israel and Australia/New Zealand and Hiromi Aihara for Japan; Maxine Leonard will be the consultant for US-related affairs; June Wu will also return as the Head of Industry.

For more information, please visit the official website: http://www.iffamacao.com

ORGANISING COMMITTEE

The 3rd IFFAM Organizing Committee comprises governmental representatives, film professionals and others. Macao Government Tourism Office Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes takes up the role of President, while President of Cultural Affairs Bureau Mok Ian Ian, President of Management Committee of Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau José Tavares and President of Macau Films & Television Productions and Culture Association Alvin Chau are the Executive Vice Presidents of the IFFAM Organizing Committee.

The 3rd IFFAM is supported by various sectors, including Galaxy Entertainment Group, Melco Resorts & Entertainment, MGM and Wynn Resorts (Macau) S.A. as Premium Sponsors; Suncity Group as Special Sponsor; Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Center as Venue Sponsor; TurboJET as Official Carrier and BMW Concessionaires (Macau) Ltd. as Official Vehicle Partner.

CHEN KAIGE BIOGRAPHY
Chen Kaige is one of the most influential Chinese directors in film history. He was a leading figure in the Fifth Generation of Chinese cinema, and is the only Chinese film-maker to have won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, in 1993 for Farewell My Concubine. He is a Golden Globe winner, an Oscar nominee and a multiple winner of the Chinese Movie Awards and the Golden Roosters.

Chen’s father was a well-known film director in China. As a young man, Chen studied at high school in Beijing and then went to the frontier of southwestern China’s Yunnan province as a young intellectual during the Cultural Revolution. Later, he joined the People’s Liberation Army.

On returning to Beijing, he was admitted to the department of directing at the Beijing Film Academy, making him one of the first directors trained after the Cultural Revolution.

His first film, Yellow Earth, shot in 1984, was a landmark work among the Fifth Generation of Chinese directors. Set against the backdrop of the Yellow River Valley, the film was a grand epic of the past and future of the Chinese nation and was both a local success and, significantly, an international success after China opened up its films for exhibition overseas. The ground-breaking film won the Golden Rooster for Best Film, was named among the top ten Asian films of the century by Asia Week and China Film’s top ten films in the past 90 years.

Chen then became a fixture on the international festival circuit, becoming the first Chinese director in competition at Cannes in 1988 with King Of The Children and then again in 1991 with Life On A String.

His sumptuous 1993 epic Farewell My Concubine finally won him the Palme d’Or and remains one of the most beloved Chinese films in the last century. It was the only Chinese film named to the 2010 survey by Time magazine of 100 greatest films ever made. Chen’s distinguished filmography also includes The Big Parade (1985), Temptress Moon (1996), The Emperor And The Assassin (1999), Together (2002), The Promise (2005), Forever Enthralled (2008), Sacrifice (2010), Caught In The Web (2012), Monk Comes Down The Mountain (2015) and last year’s award-winning Tang Dynasty epic Legend Of The Demon Cat (2017).

Chen was selected as a cultural leader at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and served as ambassador of Chinese culture to UNESCO.