At the event on Friday, the president of the International Film Festival & Awards – Macau Organizing Committee, Helena de Senna Fernandes, praised last year’s inaugural edition and said that it was “widely recognized by the film industry from home and abroad.”
However, the festival, the first of its scale in the city, received mixed reviews from international media outlets.
A reporter from the The Indian Express attended the festival and described it as a “mixed bag,” acclaiming the film selection in general, but highlighting the lack of subtitles in some of the films and logistical issues to do with the venue and film scheduling.
In an interview with the Times in November last year, Senna Fernandes said that an external review of the festival, conducted by an unnamed, “independent third-party,” would be arranged.
“We are unable to offer the timeframe as to when it will be completed and we will continue to consider the appropriate way for sharing the report results,” the bureau informed the Times earlier this year, after a request for information.