影展澳门人才 - IFFAM - 5th International Film Festival and Awards ‧ Macao


Jorge Cordeiro dos Santos

It was with enthusiasm that the IFFAM team welcomed the ideas that I have been developing with director Maxim Bessmertny, thus supporting our arduous attempt to write and produce feature films. Especially “Foreign Cop”, which the team selected to take to the Torino Film Lab in 2019. In Torino, we had a great opportunity to mature our intentions, by receiving feedback and notes from experienced professionals, a valuable assist that helped us detect the weaknesses and strengths of our plot, as well as have a broader view of the way the film industry operates. Besides the hard work, it was amazing to spend time with such a diversified group of filmmakers from Macau in Italy, exchanging ideas regarding film and art with other people from all over the globe. Later, in 2019 as work went on, we had the chance to pitch our project in the IFFAM public pitching session, and more recently in the Cannes Marché du Film. The contacts we established have shown to be essential to take a step further in the quality of our local productions, and in getting our films financed. I hope we continue to work closely with IFFAM, and together help establish the Macau Film Industry.


Fernando Lourenço

TFL was a memorable opportunity given by the IFFAM. The programme really pushed us to deliver and work very hard according to the guide set by our experience mentor. The best part of the programme is the connection we get from film makers from around the world and learn from their projects. On top of that, we have got the opportunity to prepare our pitch and got to showcase our talent to these people. The most fruitful aspect of the programme is of course the opportunity to learn from experienced practitioners from the international film industry and have them acting as our mentor throughout the programme. Being part of this prestigious TFL programme also gave us good track-record as we have been selected to participate in this programme.


这是我第一次入选与参加 IFFAM 合作的「TFL NEXT Feature Film」工作坊,为期一个月工作坊,以修改学员的故事大纲为目的。


而十分国际化的「TFL NEXT Feature Film」工作坊,也让我重新感受到,世界各国的创作人是如何看待来自澳门的故事。
作为土生土长的创作人,我们又能如何满足国际上对澳门电影的期望,同时又找到切合本地文化和感觉的影像特色,这或许是 IFFAM 选出我们参加如此深具国际野活动的原因。

借此感谢我在「TFL NEXT Feature Film」工作坊的导师 Eilon Ratzkovsky,以及 IFFAM 的总监Mike Goodridge 一直对澳门新导演的关注。




In 2019, I had the pleasure of participating in the Script and Creative Production Workshop and Training organised by MFTPA and the Torino Film Lab. A varied group of creatives and filmmakers from Macau, Hong Kong and Taiwan departed from Hong Kong Airport together to attend the Torino Film Lab, Italy in two separate workshops in June and November 2019.

I was developing a 1980s thriller screenplay entitled ‘Mendonza’, a story about a detective who is hired to investigate a murder and robbery at one of the casinos in Macau. The project needed a strong script and I invited Jorge Cordeiro dos Santos to join me on this trip as we had both been working on a short film together.

Having developed most of my screenplays under an attic at home, it was a pleasure to be travelling to Europe where one could get fresh ideas and input in intensive classes between delightful Italian meals. We were able to work fiercely on assignments given to us by our mentor Eilon Ratzkovsky, himself a veteran producer.

A great part of this programme was the opportunity I feared at first – pitching your ideas in front of the other thirty or so workshop participants. I always thought it was not the job of the filmmaker to pitch his ideas and would think a guardian angel would do it for me. Luckily, this lab let me confront this fear of voicing out my own ideas and eventually the entire Macau group became much more confident. This was followed by observing the Torino Film Lab final presentations in November which definitely gave me insight and rehearsal ideas for our own presentations at the IFFAM Market that same December.