This year’s edition, which featured more than 160 short films and nine music videos, was marked by restrictions imposed by the covid-19 pandemic in the territory and which prohibit the entry of non-residents.
Only local participants were able to be at the D. Pedro V theater, where the festival took place between December 1st and today, with the foreign winners sending messages of thanks on video, which were passed as the prizes were being announced.
The prize for “Best director” distinguished Andrea Dargenio, from Spain, with the film “The Water”, which also won the category of “Best visual effects”. The short “Beautiful Alexander” by Marc Wagenaar (Netherlands) won the “Best sound design” awards for Selle Sellink and “Best original music” for Hans Nieuwenhuijsen.
“Mud Road” by Italian Francesco de Georgi won the “Best Documentary” category, while “Sticker” by German Georgi M. Unkovski was distinguished with the “Best Fiction” award. The “Best Editing” and “Best Cinematography” awards went to “Windowless” (Switzerland) for Jann Anderegg, and “Bos” (Belgium) to Jens Vannysacker, respectively.
The “Best Local Film” award was given to the fictional work “The Handover” by Maxim Bessmertny, while “70 Years Later” by He Qianling won the “Macao Cultural Identity” award. The fiction “L.O.L. Macau”, by Mark Justine Aguillon, won the category “Choice of the Public”, indicated the organization.
The “Best animation” went to “Mad in Xpain”, by the Spanish Jorge Miguel Ribóo Cortes, while the German Katharina Rivilis won the “Best student film” award. In the “Volume” competition, the “Best video of the festival” and “Best song” awards went to “Delay No More” (Macau), filmed by Chiang Kun Ieong, with the band of José Chan Rodrigues and Kylamary Ka.
“Dreamland” (Macau), directed by Kam Cheok Kai and produced by Cheong U Man, won in the “Best visual effects” category.
Launched in 2010, by Creative Macau and the Institute of European Studies of Macau, as a small audiovisual contest, the initiative expanded to five continents and, in 2015, evolved into a short film festival, maintaining the objective of motivating the participation of film productions and local and international music videos, competing in Macau.