Fiction, documentaries, animations and music videos make up a varied and fascinating programme at the Macau International Short Film Festival, which will take place at the Teatro Capitol on Rua de Pedro Nolasco da Silva from 1-8 December.
Some 129 films and music videos will be presented throughout the festival, and 4,172 short films and videos from 123 countries and regions have been submitted through the International Short Film Competition – SHORTS and International Music Video Competition – VOLUME.
Festival Director Lúcia Lemos said that the festival “helps film lovers to get to know current world fiction, documentaries and animations.” She added that the annual film fest “allows the broadening of knowledge of other techniques, shares other realities, and brings directors and other professionals together for future partnerships.”
The festival will screen films from Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Lithuania, Macau, Portugal, Macedonia, Mexico, Poland, the Philippines and Spain. Continuing to showcase the trend worldwide, 32 out of the 111 films selected are from female directors.
The award-winners will be announced on 8 December from the Official Selection and will be given prizes worth MOP 84,000. Awards include the Best Film of the Festival, Best Fiction and Best Documentary. There are also Prestigious Awards such as Best Director and Best Cinematography in SHORTS, and Best Song and Best Visual Effects in VOLUME.
Moreover, there are also two awards tailored for short films related to Macao, which are Best Local Entry and Macau Cultural Identity.
The festival will also present two Masterclasses, where professional guest-speakers from the film industry and TV Broadcasting are invited to share their experiences in filmmaking. There will also be invited films in four EXPANDED CINEMA sessions, from Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Kazakhstan, among others, The Macau Post Daily reported.