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7th film festival fosters Macau’s filmmaking talent

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image Directed by Nuno Viegas, “Zhean and Leon” is a selected “Local View Power” documentary, depicting the relationship between two Indonesians living in Macau

The seventh edition of the Macau International Film and Video Festival (MIFVF), is set to take place from March 28 to May 12 on the local Cultural Center (CCM) big screen. The event’s program was recently released and it opens with the international films segment, featuring a wide selection of top-notch productions from the 37th Hong Kong International Film Festival.
Among the works to be exhibited are features like “War Witch”, a Canadian production nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars (as MDT announced earlier); “Fill the Void”, featuring best actress winner at the 69th Venice International Film Festival and “The Great Passage”, a romantic comedy adapted from a bestseller novel and directed by emerging Japanese director Yuya Ishii.
For its grand finale, the festival will focus on the “Macau Indies” section, from the 8th to the 11th of May, showcasing local productions. Since April 2012, CCM has been receiving all sorts of works, submitted to different categories. Among them, 12 were selected by the panel of invited judges. The selected productions are presented along with the premiere works of “Local View Power 2013”, a project commissioned by the Cultural Centre that aims to nurture local filmmaking talent.
Other initiatives included in the MIFVF program are “48 Rush Hours – Video Challenge” where participants are challenged to create a 3-minute film in just two days, using any filming equipment. The best works will be awarded prizes and the registration is open until April 18 at 6.00 p.m. The festival is presented by CCM and the box office is already open. Tickets are priced at MOP 50 (with various discounts) and are available at CCM and Kong Seng ticketing outlets.

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