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Marco Mueller’s Macao Festival Adds Competition, Sidebars

The new International Film Festival and Awards Macao, headed by Marco Mueller, will feature a main competition section as well as four non-competitive strands. The first edition of the IFFAM will take place in Macau Dec 8-13, 2016.

The festival will have “a strong but not exclusive focus on genre titles,” organizers confirmed Monday.

The competition will feature 10-12 new international films to be judged by a jury of five film professionals. The out-of-competition gala section will showcase six of the most important works of the second half of the year. The ‘Hidden Dragons’ section will present six films that represent the latest trends in contemporary Asian genre cinema, while a ‘Best of Fest Panorama’ will contain 5 or 6 award winning films from other major festivals. Submissions are open until Sept. 30.

A previously announced section of 12 non-East Asian, non-U.S. genre films selected by a dozen major East Asian film directors, is now named ‘Crossfire.’

Mueller, who has previously headed the Locarno, Venice and Rome festivals, announced a selection team including Deepti D’Cunha (India), Shan Dongbing (China), Marie-Pierre Duhamel (Western Europe), Sandra Hebron (U.S. and U.K.), Diego Lerer (Latin America), Tomita Mikiko (Japan), Alena Shumakova (Russia, CIS and East Europe).

He also has an advisory team that includes Chinese director Huang Jianxin; Korean producer Oh Jung-wan; Arte France Cinema MD Olivier Pere; U.S. producer-screenwriter James Schamus; Hong Hong producer Nansun Shi; Portuguese producer Luis Urbano; Fortissimo Films chairman Michael J. Werner. Former Variety executive, Lorna Tee is set as IFFAM’s head of festival management.

The IFFAM is organized by the Macao Government Tourism Office, and Macau Film & Television Productions and Culture Association, co-organized with Cultural Affairs Bureau (Macao), Civil & Municipal Affairs Bureau (Macao), supported by Macao Foundation, with major sponsorships from the Galaxy Entertainment Group, Wynn Macau Limited, MGM, and THE 13

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