International Film Festival & Awards, Macao

The 3rd International Film Festival & Awards, Macao (IFFAM) took place from 8-14 December 2018. The festival opened with the gala premiere of Peter Farrelly’s Green Book and closed with Zhang Yimou’s Shadow

Continuing to showcase the best of Asian and international cinema the programme included 54 spectacular films this year, including 11 films competing for nine awards in the Competition section as well as six film entries of the New Chinese Cinema section competing for the Best New Chinese-language Film.

The Competition section once again shone a spotlight on first and second-time feature film directors, with 11 films vying for nine accolades awarded by the jury lead by Chen Kaige. The 11 Competition films were School's Out, The Guilty, Clean up, The Good Girls, Ága, Scarborough, Suburban Birds, White Blood, All Good, Jesus and The Man Who Feels No Pain..

The award winners were:

  • Best Film: Clean up
  • Jury Prize: White Blood
  • Best Director: Gustav Möller, The Guilty
  • Best Actor Award: Jakob Cedergren, The Guilty
  • Best Actress Award: Aenne Schwarz, All Good
  • Award for Best Technical Contribution: Kaloyan Bozhilov, cinematographer of Ága
  • Award for Best Screenplay: Barnaby Southcombe, screenwriter of Scarborough
  • Award for Best New Young Actor: Abhimanyu Dassani, The Man Who Feels No Pain
  • Special Mention: Jesus
  • Macao Audience Choice Award (voted for by local audiences): The Good Girls

The line-up for the new competition section New Chinese Cinema was Dear Ex, Baby, Xiao Mei, Up the Mountain, Fly by Night and The Pluto Moment, with Up the Mountain taking home the Best New Chinese-language Film of the Year.

The line-up for the new competition section New Chinese Cinema was Dear Ex, Baby, Xiao Mei, Up the Mountain, Fly by Night and The Pluto Moment, with Up the Mountain taking home the Best New Chinese-language Film of the Year

Other gala screenings included Choi Kook–hee’s Korean financial crisis thriller Default, Edwin’s Indonesian culinary romcom Aruna And Her Palate and, as part of UK Night, Old Boys by Toby Macdonald and Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite.

Festival Talent Ambassador Nicolas Cage attended Opening Night and took part in a Masterclass. His fellow Talent Ambassadors Lim Yoona A (aka Yoona) and Aaron Kwok attended Opening and Closing Nights respectively, while Chinese acting superstar Yao Chen took part in an In Conversation.