IFFAM was launched as an ambitious new international film festival in 2016 to bring together cinematic industries from Asia and the west.

  • The bedrock of the festival is a highly curated programme of around 50 films from Asia and the rest of the world, designed to engage the audiences of Macao and expand the cinema-going tradition of the city.
  • At the centre of the film programme is our international competition section focused on 10 films from first-time and second-time directors from around the world. New Chinese Cinema is a competitive section of eight films highlighting the best Chinese-language films of the year preceding the festival.
  • The festival also includes a tightly organised invitation-only industry section consisting of a genre-focused project market, an industry forum and various networking programmes.
  • Sitting alongside the six day festival is a year-round programme to stimulate Macao’s local film-making community and give young film-makers opportunities to develop their craft and participate in the film world at large.
  • Part of the mission of the festival is to throw a spotlight on classic cinema and promote Macao as a cultural destination and location for shooting films.



Establish IFFAM as a hub for new film-makers in Asia and create industry programmes to support them and help incubate their second or third features.


Forge an identity for an international competition which is a thrilling showcase for first and second time film-makers;
Act as a meeting place for Asian and western film-makers and industry to collaborate in both artistic and business terms


Build a local audience for diverse world cinema with an initial focus on films which are both artful and crowd-pleasing
Put a spotlight on Macao as a new cultural destination and a location for film production