“The Kid’s Project” by Io Lou Ian has won the Jury’s Award in the tenth edition of the Macao International Film and Video Festival, beating 24 other movie productions, according to the Macau Cultural Centre (CCM) who announced the results on Sunday.
The Jury’s Commendation Award for Feature film was given to Emily Chan for “The First Decade of Blademark,” an intimate display of Pakeong Sequeira and his rock band’s journey over the last ten years.
Meanwhile the Short-Feature Commendation Award was awarded to Hong Heng Fai, who directed “Crash,” a work dealing with loss and social recognition, while the Commendation Award for Animation was given to Leong Kin and Cobi Lau for their imaginative “Leno,” which is a humorous cartoon addressing the serious subject of environmental protection.
To further boost the ingenuity of ideas, the Macao Indies awarded a “Best Story prize” to Hugo Cheong for his “Orpheus”, an intricate story on the pursuit of dreams and the perception of reality.
According to CCM’s statement, the competition displayed 25 productions, from animation works to shorts and full-length features, also including experimental projects and documentaries. The films addressed various topics regarding culture, its developments and various impacts on society; from recurrent love triangles to the pursuit of dreams. A great variety of stories gained the cinematic attention of our filmmakers.
The Film and Video Festival will continue with a string of events, the following being the video challenge “1-minute Rush,” where participants are given only 24 hours to create a one-minute film with the use of a smartphone.