Mike Goodridge to step down as artistic director of Macao Film Festival – The Hollywood Reporter

Mike Goodridge is stepping down as artistic director of the International Film Festival & Awards Macau after overseeing four editions of the event.

Due to the pandemic and Macau’s strict COVID-19 entry rules, IFFAM will not take place in December, with the 2020 virtual edition proving to be the last festival overseen by Goodridge.

Appointed to oversee the second edition of IFFAM in 2017, Goodridge, former editor of Daily screen and ex-CEO of London-based production and sales company Protagonist, replaced Marco Mueller as artistic director of the fledgling festival.

During Goodridge’s tenure, IFFAM created an international competition for first and second directors and strengthened Chinese language programming with the creation of the New Chinese Cinema competition.

Goodridge helped establish IFFAM as a regional attraction and cemented the festival’s place on Macau’s cultural scene, a significant task given the overwhelming dominance of casinos in a city considered the gambling capital of Asia. .

“I have had an incredible experience working with my friends and colleagues in Macau,” Goodridge said in a statement. “We built audiences for different types of cinema in the city and created an event that resonated in the region and around the world. The team we assembled was second to none and we were all dedicated to driving the growth of filmmaking and filming in Macau. IFFAM’s future is uncertain in an era of COVID and local seismic changes, but I wish it continued prosperity. “

Goodridge, who was a consultant for this year’s Chicago International Film Festival, will continue to work in the programming and curation of the festival. He also returns to production with his company Good Chaos.

Darcy J. Skinner

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