Ex­cit­ing races and film fest

If you’re head­ing to Ma­cao dur­ing the last two months of the year, you may want to in­clude these thrilling events in your itin­er­ary.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Travel - By S.S. YOGA star2­travel@thes­tar.com.my

MA­CAO is well known for its en­ter­tain­ment scene, and gam­ing too, of course. And who can for­get its his­tory and cul­ture.

But it’s also a hub for many pres­ti­gious in­ter­na­tional events. Here are some up­com­ing ones for the last quar­ter of the year that you can look forward to when you visit.

Ma­cau Grand Prix (Nov 16-19)

Here in Malaysia, we just ran the last ever F1 Grand Prix in Sepang. But for rac­ing fans, there’s still one of the old­est street races (for cars and bikes) around.

The 64th edi­tion of the Ma­cau Grand Prix will show­case three pres­ti­gious in­ter­na­tional car races: The Suncity Group For­mula 3 Ma­cau Grand Prix has once again been des­ig­nated as the of­fi­cial FIA F3 World Cup; and the SJM Ma­cau GT Cup is the FIA GT World Cup for the third con­sec­u­tive year. The Suncity Group Ma­cau Guia Race will also count as a round of the FIA World Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship (WTCC).

The Suncity Group Ma­cau Mo­tor­cy­cle Grand Prix – 51st Edi­tion is one of the four head­lin­ers on the six­race pro­gramme. The line­up also in­cludes the CTM Ma­cau Tour­ing Car Cup and the Suncity Group Chi­nese Rac­ing Cup.

For more info, go to www. ma­cau.grand­prix.gov.mo or down­load the mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tions.

Ma­cao In­ter­na­tional Marathon (Dec 3)

First or­gan­ised in 1981, this in­ter­na­tional marathon con­tin­ues to at­tract large num­bers of lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional long­dis­tance run­ners.

The full marathon in­cludes the Penin­sula, Taipa and Coloane, while the half­marathon and mini marathon are de­signed to at­tract not only pro­fes­sional ath­letes but also am­a­teurs seek­ing to test their en­durance.

The Ma­cao Galaxy En­ter­tain­ment In­ter­na­tional Marathon 2017 is or­gan­ised by the Sports Bu­reau of Ma­cao SAR Gov­ern­ment and the Gen­eral As­so­ci­a­tion of Ath­let­ics of Ma­cau and ti­tle spon­sored by the Galaxy En­ter­tain­ment Group.

The marathon will start and fin­ish at the Olympic Sport Cen­tre Sta­dium.

The marathon and half­marathon will start at 6am while the mini marathon will start at 6.15am.

For more info go to www. macao­marathon.com.

2nd In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val & Awards Ma­cao (IFFAM) (Dec 8-14)

Back for the sec­ond time, this year’s theme is “A new av­enue to the world of films”.

Over 500 lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional me­dia rep­re­sen­ta­tives, in­ter­na­tional buy­ers, di­rec­tors, tal­ents, pro­duc­ers, dis­trib­u­tors and in­vestors will join a stel­lar cast of iconic names at the fes­ti­val this year.

This edi­tion of the IFFAM will see Mike Goodridge take up the man­tle of artis­tic di­rec­tor.

He has the ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing on the jury of over 25 in­ter­na­tional film fes­ti­vals and is the for­mer CEO of Pro­tago­nist Pic­tures en­gag­ing in film fi­nance, pro­duc­tion and dis­tri­bu­tion.

“Lo­cal au­di­ences will be drawn by a colour­ful and ex­cit­ing pro­gramme, while in­ter­na­tional guests and in­dus­try will not only get to taste the ex­cite­ment of Ma­cao as a des­ti­na­tion but meet the Chi­nese and Asian in­dus­tries and ex­plore the best of new films from Asia,” notes Goodridge.

Ma­cao, a place renowned for its East­meets­West cul­ture, is the per­fect set­ting for a film fes­ti­val that brings to­gether lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als. In the Cross­fire sec­tion, six em­i­nent di­rec­tors (three Asian and three non­Asian) will each present a genre clas­sic that has in­spired them. This will in­tro­duce cin­e­matic clas­sics from dif­fer­ent eras to a new gen­er­a­tion of movie­go­ers and film­mak­ers.

There will also be some cross­gen­er­a­tional pro­duc­tions for fam­ily view­ing (For All The Fam­ily).

The fea­ture film com­pe­ti­tion pro­gramme will be ded­i­cated ex­clu­sively to films by first­ and sec­ond­time film­mak­ers (10 fea­ture films in to­tal). The prize for best fea­ture is US$60,000 (RM253,285). A jury of five film per­son­al­i­ties will ap­praise and award the best film works.

The other high­lights of IFFAM are Gala, Fly­ing Dag­gers, and Best of Fest Panorama. The IFFAM In­dus­try Hub (in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als are tapped to par­tic­i­pate or present in film fo­rums) and Master­classes (in­ter­na­tional film pro­fes­sion­als are in­vited to share their ex­pe­ri­ences with lo­cal au­di­ences and mem­bers of the in­dus­try) will also be held dur­ing the event.

> Gala – Three of the most im­por­tant films of the year will be pre­sented out of com­pe­ti­tion in a se­ries of red­car­pet pre­sen­ta­tions.

> Fly­ing Dag­gers – A se­lec­tion of six films rep­re­sent­ing the lat­est style of genre cin­ema in Asia.

> Best of Fest Panorama – Screen­ing of eight award­win­ning fea­ture films from ma­jor in­ter­na­tional film fes­ti­vals of the year.

Like an ex­quis­ite dish, a good film with cre­ative spark is some­thing to in­dulge in.

As Ma­cao is one of the world’s great food cen­tres, the fes­ti­val will also fea­ture a large gas­tro­nomic pres­ence, both on and off the screen.

Last year’s 50th Ma­cau Mo­tor­cy­cle Grand Prix pro­vided lots of pul­sat­ing mo­ments. — Photos: Ma­cao Gov­ern­ment Tourism Of­fice

Much of the marathon route will cover Ma­cao’s iconic sights and at­trac­tions.

Scenes from the 1st In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val & Awards Ma­cao. (Left) The Jury at the fes­ti­val. (Right) Some of the tal­ents from the Ma­cao Artistes As­so­ci­a­tion.

Typ­i­cal scene at the ex­cit­ing SJM Ma­cau GT Cup, which is part of the FIA GT World Cup.

(Left) Some of the cast and pro­duc­tion group mem­bers of the South Korean block­buster movie Train To Bu­san. (Right) Screen­writer Erica Li flanked by ac­tresses Michelle Wai (left) and Char­lene Choi.

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