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The first Festival of Young Cinema Asia Europe will open on Friday

Curated by famed film festival director, Marco Müller, Macao’s newest film festival is aimed at cultivating new cinema talent.

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UPDATED: 04 Jan 2024, 12:12 pm

The inaugural Festival of Young Cinema Asia Europe (FoYCAE) will be held at the Lisboeta’s Emperor Cinemas between 5 and 12 January. 

Put together by prominent film festival director, Marco Müller, who is best known for organising the Venice Film Festival, the event will comprise film screenings, a “work-in-progress lab” and masterclasses and dialogue sessions featuring top-tier directors such as Amir Naderi (The Runner), Ryusuke Hamaguchi (Drive My Car),  and Youfan (Bishonen). 

Public screenings are scheduled for 27 films that hail from Mainland China, Hong Kong, India, Italy and further afield. 

Some of the works to be screened include Anurag Kashyap’s Kennedy, which will hold its China premiere at the festival on 7 January, and Hamaguchi’s Evil Does Not Exist, which will screen on 9 January, following its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival last year. 

[See more: In conversation with Marco Müller: Fostering new talent at Macao’s film festival]

In addition, the festival will showcase the unfinished films of 17 up-and-coming Chinese filmmakers to film festival selectors and sales companies at gatherings in Macao and Zhuhai. Among the films that are featured include CiCi Li’s Birth and Li Dongmei’s The Fruit. 

This segment of the festival will provide a platform for young Chinese directors to break into the international market and interact with industry players. Selections will be announced on 11 January.

According to Müller, FoYCAE is designed specifically for a young target audience consisting of filmmakers, film enthusiasts and students and is intended to help “facilitate the growth and development of emerging directors and the international circulation of Chinese-language films.” 

Tickets for public screenings of the Festival of Young Cinema Asia Europe are available via the Lisboeta’s Emperor Cinema website. For more information about the film festival and its schedule, visit the FoYCAE Facebook page, Instagram or WeChat public account

UPDATED: 04 Jan 2024, 12:12 pm

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