International Film Festival & Awards•Macao (IFFAM) teams with Screen International for ‘NEW CHINESE CINEMA’ A new section dedicated to the best of the year’s Chinese language cinema

Macao, September 11, 2018 (Tuesday)

The international Film Festival & Awards•Macao (IFFAM) today announced a new competitive section, New Chinese Cinema, which will present a dedicated showcase of outstanding films from Chinese-speaking territories to audiences and industry guests.  This year’s festival runs from December 8-14.

New Chinese Cinema will feature six films selected by IFFAM programming consultant Giovanna Fulvi and IFFAM Artistic director Mike Goodridge.  The selection won’t be subject to premiere status and films might have played at other festivals or received a theatrical release. Other Chinese-language films will still appear throughout the programme.

IFFAM has partnered with Screen International on this section, and Screen will oversee a jury composed of three international critics to give an IFFAM award for Best Film in New Chinese Cinema. This inaugural year’s jury members are: Stephanie Bunbury (Australia), Nick James (UK) and Shu Kei (Hong Kong).

IFFAM artistic director Mike Goodridge comments:  “The new section allows us to expand our programme of Chinese-language cinema: exciting new films not just from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan Region and Macao, but also Malaysia and Singapore. We felt a real demand from local audiences and international guests to see a wider range of Chinese voices and IFFAM offers a platform into the international arena for these films and filmmakers. We have so many international industry and media guests that we saw this as an opportunity to screen some of the year’s best to them. We want IFFAM to be a venue in which the world’s industry has the chance to be introduced to the most exciting contemporary Chinese-language directors.”

IFFAM programming consultant Giovanna Fulvi comments: “New Chinese Cinema will be a home for the best and most innovative cinema from the region and will give audiences and industry professionals the opportunity to discover films and reflect on the state of filmmaking in Chinese-speaking territories.

Often overlooked at the international level, Chinese cinema is one of the most vibrant and exciting in the world and this section will showcase its unique cinematic language and bold, revealing content.”

Screen International Editor Matt Mueller comments: “Screen International is delighted to be partnering with IFFAM on their New Chinese Language Cinema award, and thrilled to lend what support we can in helping the best Chinese-language films connect with a wider international audience. We look forward to participating in this year’s IFFAM and overseeing the jury that will pick the eventual, very worthy winner.”

Jury Biographies

Stephanie Bunbury

Stephanie Bunbury writes about culture, with an emphasis on film, for Australian newspapers The Age (based in Melbourne) and the Sydney Morning Herald; her stories are then syndicated through the network of newspapers and websites published by Fairfax Media throughout Australia and New Zealand. She grew up in Melbourne and studied at Monash University, where she was in the first class to study film theory in what was then a new Visual Arts department; she also co-edited the student newspaper, taking charge of the reviews section. In 1982 she started at The Age as a cadet journalist, left the paper a few years later to travel and work in Europe and then returned to become arts editor in the early nineties. Her inner backpacker would not be silenced, however, and in 1995 she returned to London where she has been writing about the arts for the Fairfax papers ever since. Editors were dubious that anyone needed a London-based arts writer, but she was soon able to prove otherwise; she now covers all the major film festivals including Cannes, Berlin, Venice and Toronto and has interviewed most of cinema’s famous names. Favourite contemporary film-makers include Yorgos Lanthimos, the Coen brothers, Hirokazu Koreeda and Aki Kaurismaki, but she is always on the look-out for something new and surprising.

Nick James

Nick James is an internationally renowned film critic, author and programmer from the United Kingdom. In the late 1980s he began to write articles about film for London-based City Limits magazine, where he soon became head of the film section. Since 1997 he has been editor of the internationally celebrated film magazine Sight & Sound. His articles on film, art and literature have been published in The Guardian, The Observer, The Independent, Vogue, The London Review of Books and The Literary Review among others. In 2002 “Heat”, his book about Michael Mann’s film of the same name, was published. In 2010 he received the title of Chevalier de L’ordre des arts et des lettres from the French Ministry of Culture. Since 2012 he has curated the “Deep Focus” film series, which is put on twice a year by the British Film Institute at BFI Southbank in London.

Shu Kei

Shu Kei began writing scripts for television when he was still a student at the University Of Hong Kong and worked with directors including Ann Hui, Patrick Tam, Allen Fong and Tsui Hark. On graduation as a screenwriter and assistant director, he entered Golden Harvest Fim Co. He made his directorial debut in 1981 with Sealed With A Kiss and has directed eight drama films since then including Hu-Du-Men (1996), A Queer Story (1997), Thin Dream Bay (short, 2014) and three documentaries Sunless Days (1990), Imagining Evan Yang (2014) and Tung Mui-Sun And Me (2016).

In addition to his career as a film-maker, he was also an arthouse distributor, releasing over 200 international arthouse titles, and in 1997 opened P.O.V., the first ever film bookshop in Asia. He has edited and published several anthologies of annual film reviews for Hong Kong Film Critics Society, two books on Hong Kong cinema in the 1950s and 1960s and is the author of two novels. He was Dean of the School Of Film And Television of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts from 2005 to 2016.

His latest film, as producer and screenwriter, is Tracey (2018).

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