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Mike Goodridge appointed artistic director of Macao fest

15 June 2017 10:41 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Goodridge joins the International Film Festival & Awards Macao in its second year of operation.

Protagonist Pictures CEO Mike Goodridge has been appointed artistic director of the International Film Festival & Awards Macao (Iffam).

Goodridge is stepping down from Protagonist in August, but will remain on the company’s board of directors. 

The second edition of the Iffam is scheduled to take place at the Macao Cultural Centre from December 8-14. 

The Iffam Organising Committee has also announced that the festival’s competition programme would be dedicated to films from first and second time film-makers and that the jury would award a $60,000 prize for best feature.

“This is a young festival and we think that our international competition should consist of work from young directors who can offer fresh perspectives on the world we live in,” said Goodridge. 

Meanwhile Goodridge, head of festival management Lorna Tee and head of industry June Wu will focus on developing the Iffam Industry »

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Macau Festival Hires Mike Goodridge, Sets Young Film Competition (Exclusive)

15 June 2017 9:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The International Film Festival & Awards Macao has appointed former Protagonist Pictures CEO Mike Goodridge as its artistic director. The second edition of the festival is scheduled to be held December 8-14 in and around the former Portuguese colony of Macau, which is best known for a casino industry bigger than Las Vegas’.

In a rethink following an ambitious launch last year, the festival has reset its competition section to focus on first- and second-time feature directors. It will now offer a $60,000 prize to the best feature.

The festival began last year with the hiring of high-profile festival selector and China expert Marco Mueller. But in a dramatic turn of events, Mueller quit in September, just one day before his selections were announced. No reasons were given for his resignation, though speculation centered on disagreements between Mueller and the festival management.

The first edition went ahead with a caretaker team spearheaded »

- Patrick Frater

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