Mike Goodridge, who was appointed artistic director of the International Film Festival and Awards Macau (IFFAM) in 2017, is resigning after four editions. The festival will not be held in 2021 due to strict Covid-1 restrictions in Macau.
In 2020, like many festivals, Iffam went online. Last year, it had a film exhibition section and masterclass with Hirokazu Coreda, Hur Jin-ho, Nina Hoss and Viggo Mortensen.
Goodridge is engaged in production and management through its Good Chaos label and will continue to work on festival programming and curation. He was a mentor at the Chicago International Film Festival this year.
“I’ve had an incredible experience working with my friends and colleagues in Macau,” Goodridge said. “We have created audiences for a variety of movies in the city and created an event that resonates in this region and around the world. The team we put together is second to none, and we were all dedicated to inspiring filmmaking and filmmaking development in Macau. The future of IFFAM is uncertain in the age of local change in COVID and earthquakes, but I wish it continued prosperity.
Macau is a special administrative region of China and the only place in China that allows casino gambling. The modernization and expansion of the casino industry has boosted economic growth in the enclave over the past two decades. But the crackdown on the central government in the sector has seen the introduction of a new gaming law, and numerous measures to control the outflow of capital, including the introduction of face recognition at ATMs, restrictions on cash withdrawals and the introduction of government-controlled digital currencies.
The biggest shakeup may still come. Six master licenses for operating casinos are now ready to be renewed in ten months. Prior to that, the government was pressuring licensed companies to diversify into businesses not just gaming, but to invest in favorable development projects across the border in the Greater Bay Area town.
IFFAM was founded in 2016 and Goodridge joined after the departure of established artistic director Marco Mueller. Goodridge created an international competition for directors for the first and second time and strengthened the festival’s Chinese language programming with the creation of a new Chinese movie competition strand. The festival features powerful Chinese language titles such as “Advanced Day”, “Living in Fuchun Mountain,” “Love Poems,” “Singing”, “Wisdom Tooth”, “The Pluto Moment,” “Up the Mountain,” “Xiao Mei” and “The wrath of silence.”
Diversity He was involved with the festival as a co-presenter of the Asian Stars Up Next Award. The purpose of the program was to illuminate the international spotlight of acting talents that have achieved local or regional success in Asia, but who have the potential to go further.
Meanwhile, Epham hosted a Hong Kong / Macau premiere title that would be an Oscar favorite: “The Shape of Water,” “Green Book,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “The Favorite” and “Judy.”
Among the jury presidents were Laurent Kantet (2017), Chen Kaige (2018), Peter Chan Ho-san and Christian Mungiu (2019) and Ning Hao (2020). Among the guests for four years were Donnie Yen, Aaron Kook, Joan Chen, Zhou Dongguo, John Wu, Takashi Miike, Lee Shaohong, Diao Yanan, Nicholas Cage, Juliet Binoche, Jeremy Rainer, Lily James, Wang Jiaoshuai, and Sukova, Udo Kier, Michelle Yeoh, Jessica Hausner, Zhang Hanu, Shekhar Kapoor, Ben Whitley, Christopher Doyle, Samuel Mao, Asha Butterfield, Joe Cole, Tom Cullen, Dennis Tanovic, Philip Noyes, Mabel Cheng.