Mike Goodridge – IFFAM Artistic Director
Mike Goodridge came to International Film Festival & Awards·Macao (IFFAM) in 2017 as artistic director and 2020 will be his fourth edition of the festival. He has a long career in the film industry behind him spanning over 30 years and three continents.
Prior to IFFAM, he was based in London as CEO of film finance and distribution company Protagonist Pictures from 2012 to 2017. He oversaw and delivered over 70 films including Oscar nominated titles like “Cold War”, “The Lobster” and “The Florida Project”, Cannes prize-winners like “American Honey” and “The Rider”, and popular hits like “Love & Friendship” and “Hunt For The Wilderpeople”.
He was also international programmer at the Sarajevo Film Festival from 2011 to 2017, and remains an advisor at the Locarno Film Festival.
From 1990 to 2010, he was a film journalist and critic. He worked in senior editorial positions at Screen International for 19 years including 12 years as US editor in Los Angeles and three years as editor in London. From 2008-2009, he was vice president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organisation which hands out the Golden Globe Awards.
He was written several books on cinema including two on film directors, and is a member of BAFTA and a board member of the European Film Academy.
Giovanna Fulvi – Programming Consultant
Giovanna Fulvi has been programming Toronto International Film Festival since 2002. She is responsible for discovering and introducing audiences to the newest films and filmmakers of Southeast and East Asian cinema from regions such as China, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Based in Italy, she is a member of the selection committee for the Rome Film Festival, and has served as a film consultant and acquisitions manager for various organizations over the past 20 years, including the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Torino Film Festival and Filmauro in Rome.
She also worked on Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor as a historical and cultural researcher, and as a production assistant for Alan Miller’s documentary on the Puccini opera Turandot, staged by Zhang Yimou.
She has served on juries for the Jeonju International Film Festival in Korea, Tokyo Filmex, the Taipei International Film Festival, IFFAM 1st International Film Festival and Awards Macao, Far East Film Festival Udine and is a currently a member of the Script Committee of Southeast Asia Fiction Film Lab.
Fionnuala Halligan – Programming Consultant
Fionnuala Halligan is the Reviews Editor and Chief Film Critic for Screen International, the UK-based trade magazine and website, where she commissions and edits over 1,000 film reviews annually from a team of global reviewers at all major festivals.
She is the author of two books, MOVIE STORYBOARDS (Chronicle, 2013) and FILMCRAFT: PRODUCTION DESIGN (Focal/Ilex 2012). She curates the highly-regarded Stars of Tomorrow issue annually for Screen International where she has brought young UK acting and directing talent from Eddie Redmayne to Andrea Arnold to the attention of the global business at the beginning of their careers.
She has worked extensively in Asia and served on several international film festival juries and selection committees.
Violeta Bava – Programming Consultant
Violeta Bava worked at the Buenos Aires International Film Festival (BAFICI) for 20 years, both as a programmer and the Co-Director of Buenos Aires Lab (BAL), a leading co-production market for Latin American films. She has worked as a film consultant and production tutor for several funds, organizations, and festivals worldwide, and played a key role in the development of initiatives to support filmmakers and producers in the Latin American region. She was Professor of Cinema Aesthetics and Ethics at Centro de Investigación Cinematográfica (Buenos Aires) for more than 10 years.
Since 2012, she has been the Latin American Consultant for the Venice International Film Festival and the Venice Market. She is currently also the Co-Head of Industry at Visions du Réel, Head of Studies at the Torino Feature Lab, International Guest Curator at the New Zealand International Film Festival, and program advisor at New York Film Festival. She is a founder of Ruda Cine, which has produced films by Milagros Mumenthaler, Martín Rejtman, Dominga Sotomayor, and Eduardo Williams.
Hiromi Aihara – Programming Consultant
Aihara began working with Japanese independent films in 1976, when she joined the film editorial division of PIA, Tokyo’s leading cultural information weekly magazine. She served on the selection committee of PIA’s Film Festival while co-managing the festival until 1979. She then joined Midnight Label, a video distribution company launched by Bandai Visual to promote European and North American independent films.
Aihara has also worked extensively with international film festivals like The Brussels IFF, Dubai IFF and Fantasia FF in Montreal. Since 1999, she served as the programming coordinator for the Rotterdam IFF.
And also as a producer, she has produced TETSUO II/THE BODY HAMMER by Tsukamoto Shinya, ASCENSION by Karim Hussain , LAST LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE & INVISIBLE WAVES by Pen-ek Ratanaruang, OUT OF THIS WORLD & CHILDREN OF THE DARK by Sakamoto Junji , UNDER WATER LOVE by Imaoka Shinji & SUKITA THE SHOOT MUST GO ON (Documentary).
June Wu – Head of Industry
With M.A. of Cinema Studies from New York University, June WU started out in film production at critically acclaimed auteur Johnnie To’s Milkyway Image and later moved into distribution, serving at Hong Kong’s Media Asia Distribution and heading international sales and distribution at renowned producer Bill Kong’s Edko Films. With her extensive experience for years in international sales, in 2013 WU founded Ablaze Image, the leading brand of international sales and distribution in Taiwan, bringing various genres of Chinese-language cinematic gems to worldwide audiences. WU also serves as the Special Consultant for Distribution Workshop, Head of Industry of International Film Festival & Awards Macao, also the mentor of Taipei Produire au Sud Workshop, as well as the industry consultant and committee member of various film institutions in Taiwan.