7th September 2018: The International Film Festival & Awards Macao (IFFAM) is delighted to announce the appointment of Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage as Talent Ambassador for the 3rd edition of the festival, which will take place from 8th to 14th December 2018 in Macao.

Cage, internationally renowned American actor, director and producer, joins Hong Kong based star Aaron Kwok as an IFFAM Talent Ambassador, reflecting the festival’s ambition to bring together local and international industry professionals, to highlight Macao’s East-meets-West culture and to introduce local audiences to the best in international cinema.

Mike Goodridge, Artistic Director of the IFFAM, comments: “Nicolas Cage is a brilliant, iconic actor and a star for the ages. We are proud and delighted to welcome him to Macao this year as our talent ambassador, and to show his extraordinary new film Mandy.”

Cage will be present at the IFFAM Opening Ceremony which takes place on 8 December. Additionally Cage will participate in a Master Class on 9th December, with further details to be announced.

Cage’s latest film Mandy, a supernatural thriller directed by Panos Cosmatos, will be presented at the festival. Mandyfeatures in the IFFAM Flying Daggers section, a non-competitive selection of international genre films. Cage stars alongside a supporting cast led by Andrea Rise borough and Linus Roache. Mandy is set in the primal wilderness of the Pacific Northwest in 1983. Outsiders Red Miller and Mandy Bloom lead a loving and peaceful existence. When their pine-scented haven is savagely destroyed by a cult led by the sadistic Jeremiah Sand, Red is catapulted into a phantasmagoric journey filled with bloody vengeance and laced with fire.

Nicolas Cage is an actor, director, and producer whose remarkable versatility has led to great success across all genres for over three decades. In 2017, he starred in Brian Taylor’s critically acclaimed black comedy, Mom and Dad, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and screened at IFFAM last year.

Cage received an Academy Award among many other awards for his performance as a suicidal alcoholic inLeaving Las Vegas(1995) before coming to the attention of worldwide audiences with mainstream blockbusters, such asThe Rock(1996),Face/Off(1997),Con Air(1997),City of Angels(1998) and National Treasure 1and2(2004, 2007). He earned his second Academy Award nomination for his performance in Adaptation(2002). He also directed the filmSonny(2002), and has produced films such as Shadow of the Vampire(2000) and The Life of David Gale(2003).

During his early career, Cage starred in a variety of classic films including Valley Girl(1983), Racing with the Moon(1984), Birdy(1984), Peggy Sue Got Married(1986), Raising Arizona(1987),Moonstruck(1987)Vampire’s Kiss(1989), Wild at Heart(1990), Fire Birds(1990), Honeymoon in Vegas(1992)and Red Rock West (1993).

More recently, Cage appeared in Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans(2009),Kick-Ass(2010),Drive Angry(2011),The Croods(2013),Joe(2013) and Paul Schrader’s Dog Eat Dog(2016).


MGTO signs a memorandum of cooperation with China Film Producers’ Association

To enhance mutual cooperation for IFFAM, China Film Producers’ Association (the “Association”) and Macao Government Tourism Office signed a memorandum of cooperation. The agreement was signed by Chairman of the China Film Producers’ Association, Ming Zhenjiang, and MGTO Director Senna Fernandes on behalf of their entities, unveiling a collaborative program effective for three years. With the memorandum signed, the Association has become a supporting entity of IFFAM and will recommend influential Mainland film celebrities to join the Film Festival. In addition, both parties will give mutual recommendation of remarkable films and make collaborative endeavors to promote exchange and cooperation with international filmmakers and nurture the next generation of film talent.

Head of Tourism Product and Events Department of MGTO, Jennifer Si Tou; representative of the Macau Films & Television Productions and Culture Association (MFTPA), Deputy Secretary General and Chief Financial Officer of the IFFAM Organizing Committee, Lei Sou Ian, and representative of the Secretariat of the IFFAM Organizing Committee, Wong Chi Wai; as well as Secretary General of the China Film Producers’ Association, Wang Fenglin, also participated in the above occasion.

Before the memorandum was signed, the MGTO delegation met with Chairman of the China Film Producers’ Association, Ming Zhenjiang, and Jury President of IFFAM and film director Chen Kaige to exchange perspectives on the progress of preparations for the 3rd IFFAM.

China International Culture Communication Center recognizes IFFAM’s contributions

In order to equip IFFAM with quality resources and platforms for cultural dissemination, help propagate traditional Chinese culture across the world and enhance Macao’s tourism development through culture as an enhancer, MGTO signed another memorandum of cooperation with the China International Culture Communication Center (“CICCC” or the “Center”) in early March, followed by continuous mutual communication and the Center’s support to promote IFFAM among the Mainland film industry and recommend Mainland films and outstanding film talent for this edition of IFFAM. In this visit to Beijing, MGTO Director Senna Fernandes and her team met with the Secretary of the Leading Party Members’ Group and Executive Chairman of the China International Culture Communication Center, Long Yuxiang, to share the latest preparations for IFFAM. Both sides engaged in a profound dialogue on the tasks that lie ahead. During the meeting, CICCC Executive Chairman Long Yuxiang expressed his recognition for the role of IFFAM as a cultural exchange platform between the East and West, and indicated the continuous support of the Center to the work of the IFFAM Organizing Committee.

As the President of the IFFAM Organizing Committee, MGTO Director Senna Fernandes believes in the vast potential of IFFAM to grow and reach new milestones in its third edition to come. She looks forward to infusing the Film Festival with new elements through partnership with prominent filmmakers from different countries and regions, while getting inspired from their experience to make IFFAM an extraordinary event. The Office will also make an incessant effort to enrich the diversity of local tourism products in line with the vision of building Macao into a world centre of tourism and leisure.

2018 IFFAM Programme Highlights
Bringing A New Avenue to The World of Films, the IFFAM 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

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.

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 honourees

For All the Family – A small collection of one to three films which will appeal to a wide family audience.

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

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