The jury, which comprised Chen Kaige, Danis Tanovic, Mabel Cheung, Paul Currie, and Tillotama Shome, said: “’Clean Up’ is a powerful, visceral film which is symbolic and naturalistic at the same time… The director unfolds a psychological drama with simmering intensity, and humanists the criminal without condoning the heinous crime in any way.”
The festival, completing its third edition, wrapped up with another breezy and efficient closing ceremony, kept largely on schedule thanks to its local live broadcast.
Celebrities on the red carpet included Phillip Noyce, Aaron Kwok and Ben Wheatley. Industry executives in attendance included Ellen Eliasoph, Michael J. Werner and Shekhar Kapur.
The closing ceremony was also the occasion for Variety and the festival to present awards to Asia’s next wave of talent. Stars Up Next included Xana Tang, Anne Curtis, Zheng Kai, Zaira Wasim, and Iqbaal Ramadhan.
Winners list: 2018 International Film Festival and Awards Macao
“Clean Up” (Director: Kwon Man-ki; Producer: Hong Jong-hyun)
Gustav Moeller for “The Guilty”
“White Blood” directed by Barbara Sarasola-Day
Jakob Cedergren from ‘The Guilty’
Aenne Schwarz from “All Good”
Barnaby Southcombe for “Scarborough”
Best New Young Actor
Abhimanyu Dassani from “The Man Who Feels No Pain”
Best Technical Contribution
Cinematography of Kaloyan Bozhilov from “Aga’
New Chinese Cinema Award
“Up The Mountain” directed by Zhang Yang
“Suburbun Birds” directed by Qiu Sheng
Macao audience choice award
“The Good Girls” by Alejandra Marquez Abella
Jury Special Mention
“Jesus” by Hiroshi Okuyama (Japan)
Spirit of Cinema Achievement Award
“Crazy Rich Asians”