The art of storytelling can help to change the world for better.
Max grew up in Macau, where the clash between East and West inspired his storytelling. His body of work includes his debut feature, "The Violin Case", the screenplay for "Foreign Cop" and numerous other feature screenplays and over 20 short films, which include narrative shorts, documentaries, music videos and silent films. Max's multicultural and artistic upbringing (his father is an accomplished painter and his mother a classical pianist) add depth and humor to his storytelling which has evolved into a unique style that has resonated with film festival audiences.
Max completed his debut feature film, "The Violin Case" with very little resources when the city in which he shot, Macao, was still under strict quarantines and lockdowns due to the then ongoing pandemic. The film was shot over the course of 21 nights and follows a struggling artist as he breaks free from his manipulative gallery and sets off on a one night odyssey to locate his artwork accidentally forgotten in a taxi.
Another project in development is "Foreign Cop", a feature film selected by the Torino Film Lab to take part in its extended and creative producing workshops. It was selected for both the 4th IFFAM Film Market and Fantastic 7 Cannes Marché du Film in 2020.
Other projects Max wrote, directed and produced include the noir short "Tricycle Thief" which was the first Macau made film to World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014, winning the 2015 Kodak Gold Award, "Dirty Laundry" which premiered at We Are One (Tribeca x Youtube Film Festival in 2020) and "The Handover", a 30 minute comedic black and white short which won best local entry at the Macau Int'l Short Film Festival.
Official Selection
Dirty Laundry
New York Portuguese Short Film Festival
New York
Best Local Entry
The Handover
Macau International Short Film Festival 2020
Cinephilia Critics Choice Award for Best Macau Film (Years of Macau)
Dirty Laundry
IFFAM (International Film Festival and Awards Macau) 2019
Best Supporting Actress
What's Your Art?
Canada China International Film Festival
Official Selection Short Cuts International
Tricycle Thief
Toronto International Film Festival
2015 KODAK Student Scholarship Program Gold Award
Tricycle Thief
University Film and Video Program
New York University Tisch School of the Arts, Asia
University of Leeds
BA Management and Philosophy
Birth Date
December 24, 1988
"Movies are great when you have something small that you make complicated, not vice-versa." - Tony Gilroy
"The part-time help of wits is no better than the full-time help of half-wits." - Herman Mankiewicz
"A key indicator of intelligence is a willingness to change your mind - often."
"You have to make a film thinking you changed the course of history but be humble enough to see that if it touches only two people, it is already an extraordinary achievement." - Wes Anderson
The art of storytelling can help to change the world for better.
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