Winners of inaugural Macao film festival announced

trespassagainstusThe 1st International Film Festival & Awards Macao in Southern China came to an end on December 14.

A jury headed by filmmaker Shekhar Kapur announced the winners of this inaugural edition during an award ceremony. Commenting on the first edition of what aims to be a major film event of the year, President of Organizing Committee of IFFAM Ms. Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes said: “This inaugural edition of the Film Festival not only has elevated Macao’s international reputation, boosted the synergy between tourism and culture and promoted local tourism development, but also introduced world class exchange opportunities, functioned as a regional exchange platform and empowered the local film industry as well as the cultural and creative industry to progress, while widening the cultural perspectives of our local residents and bringing multi-faceted benefits to Macao at large.”

Jury president Shekhar Kapur commented, “This is one of the best juries I’ve worked with; we took our responsibility very seriously, because we understand how important these awards are to the filmmakers. I do not like to use the word ‘judge’, because judgement could imply personal prejudice, but rather use the word ‘respond’. Respond emotionally to the films, to the artists, in context of our understanding of their intentions. We’ve had some intense arguments amongst ourselves, which only goes to show the great quality of films that we’ve seen, and how passionately each one of us felt about them. I assure you, ladies and gentlemen, the choices were hard fought and difficult to make.”

Here is the list of winners of the 1st edition of the 1st International Film Festival & Awards Macao:

JURY PRIZE
TRESPASS AGAINST US by Adam Smith (United Kingdom)

BEST DIRECTOR
MARCO MARTINS for Saint George (Portugal)

BEST ACTOR
NUNO LOPES for Sait George (Portugal)

BEST ACTRESS
LINDSEY MARSHAL for Trespass Against Us (United Kingdom)

BEST NEW YOUNG ACTRESS
JENNIFER YU for Sisterhood (China)

BEST SCREENPLAY
Amy Jump and Ben Wheatley for FREE FIRE (France / United Kingdom)

BEST TECHNICAL CONTRIBUTION
Pablo Lamar (original music and sound design); Daniel Saavedra (original soundtrack) for ELON DOESN’T BELIEVE IN DEATH (Brazil)

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