The 2nd Macao Int'l Documentary Film Festival


The 2nd Macao International Documentary Film Festival (MOIDF), a collaboration between Cinematheque Passion and Comuna de Han-Ian, will be brought to you in July. With “Time” and “Growth” as the two main curatorial concepts, and “Image of Time” as the theme, 27 outstanding documentary films from different places in the world will be featured in Macao. Internationally-acclaimed Japanese director Naomi Kawase is the“Director-in-Focus” and will attend the festival to meet and share with the audience.

The 2nd MOIDF will be held from 8 to 30 July. Taiwan documentary Small Talk, winner of the Best Documentary of the Teddy Award at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival, will be the opening film. The director, Hui-chen Huang, will attend the opening ceremony and post-screening talk.

The festival will also feature other award-winning documentary films, including Still Tomorrow (Best Chinese Documentary at the Amsterdam Film Festival), Life, Animated (nominated for the 89th edition of the Oscar Awards), Le Moulin (Best Documentary at the Golden Horse Awards 2016) and Snuggle from Hong Kong.

The 2nd MOIDF is curated with 2 concepts -“Time” and “Growth”. The different stages of our lives are just like the 4 seasons: “Spring/Childhood”, “Summer/Youth”, “Autumn/Midlife”, “Winter/ Late Age”. Most of the 27 documentary films will be screened for the first time in Macau. 4 post-screening talks were scheduled and audience will enjoy the chance to chat with directors Naomi Kawase and Hui-chen Huang. Definitely not to be missed!

Naomi Kawase, the festival’s “Director-in-Focus”, has been critically-acclaimed as the most important contemporary Japanese director. 6 documentary films by Naomi will be shown, including Embracing (1992, awarded at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 1995), and Suzaku (awarded the Caméra d'Or at the 50th Cannes International Film Festival when she was only 28).

2 Seminars are scheduled as follows:
1) “Growing-up Under the Camera – about Time, Subjects, and Documentaries”
Director of Snuggle, Wong Siu-pong and the producer will share the two-year filmmaking process with the audience.

Date: 15 July (Sat)
Time: 4:30pm – 6pm

2) “Forest of Memory: A Landscape of Life, Death and the Body”
Chaired by Naomi Kawase. Naomi will share her film philosophy with Macau audience.

Date: 23 July (Sun)
Time: 2:30pm – 4:30pm

In addition to the 4 seasons series and Naomi’s documentary films, we continue to have “The Portuguese Section” which was very popular last year. Macao audiences can once again witness the quality of new Portuguese documentary films.

The festival also includes a“Your Youth” Sort Stories Competition to showcase your interesting stories and images of growing up. The winners will get a cash prize and complimentary tickets. Seminars and open call for the stories are free of charge. Those interested should email for enquiries and signing up.

The 2nd MOIDF will be held from 8 to 30 July. Ticketing will start from 24 June (Sat), 10 am at the ticket office of Cinematheque.Passion.

For details about the 27 documentary films, such as synopses, stills and poster and screening schedule, please see the appendix, or visit Cinematheque.Passion website ( and Facebook page, or the Facebook page of the Festival: 澳門國際紀錄片電影節 MOIDF

Ticket price is MOP$60. Full-time students and senior citizens aged 65 or above can enjoy 50% discount. Each purchase of 10 tickets or more can enjoy 20% discount as well. Those buying any 5 documentary films at one go will have chance of getting entrance tickets for the opening ceremony. Only 20 entrance tickets, first-come-first-served basis.