Magazine article Screen International

Marco Mueller Quits Macao Festival

Magazine article Screen International

Marco Mueller Quits Macao Festival

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Veteran festival director Marco Mueller has quit his post as head of the International Film Festival & Awards Macao one month ahead of the event's first edition (December 8-13).

The surprise move was confirmed this morning by organisers who also said the festival would continue "as planned".

"The organising committee of 1st International Film Festival and Awards Macao (IFFAM) received notice from Macau Films & Television Productions and Culture Association (MFTPA) that Mr Marco Mueller has resigned from his position as festival director with effect from 13 November 2016.

"MFTPA reassures the organising committee that the secretariat will assume all responsibilities of the festival director and that this incident will not affect the organisation of the festival as planned."

An explanation for the abrupt departure has not been disclosed.

The Macau event, backed by the territory's culture and tourism authorities, is set to include a competition, out-of-competition and gala sections as well as industry conferences.

The full programme is expected to be announced on Monday [November 14]. …

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