La conférence de presse de présentation du FIFO 2012

The 9th edition of FIFO stands out this year with 17 films in competition and 19 non-competition films.
The Festival will welcome an international jury made up of prestigious personalities, FIFO’s 4th Digital Encounters with a revitalized format, the 6th Pacific Television Conference and many directors.
The development of professionals and amateurs remains one of FIFO’s key challenges, and in addition ‘alternative’ events which expand every year: the Balibo Gala evening; the special Cabourg Festival night; the Pacific Short Film Night…
The festival confirms its place in the Pacific and audiovisual world, as well as in the hearts of the Polynesian public.

The doors will open for this new edition from Monday 6th to Sunday 12th February 2012 in the Maison de la Culture grounds. This annual gathering, a true hub of Pacific images and expression which has become essential over the years for professionals and the public, places French Polynesia at the heart of Oceania for several days.

This year the president of the jury is the producer, director and script-writer Elie Chouraqui (France). He will be joined by prestigious local and international personalities: Chairwoman of the Tjibaou Cultural Centre, Marie Claude Tjibaou (New Caledonia); Deputy Director for diversity with the director of broadcasting for France Télévisions, Mariejosé Alie (France); editor Cushla Dillon (New Zealand); Director of the ‘Tahiti Ora’ dance school, Tumata Robinson (French Polynesia); script-writer and director, Yann Samuell (France); head of programmes ABC2 Australia, Stuart Menzies (Australia); General Manager of the news channel ‘Hawaii News Now,’ Rick Blangiardi (Hawaii); 3D special effects specialist, Jacob Luamanuvae (Samoa); General Director of FIFO from 2004 to 2011, Pierre Ollivier (French Polynesia), and Chief Executive of the Natural History Museum in Paris Thomas Grenon (France).

They will have the delicate task of choosing from amongst documentaries of ever increasing quality to award the Jury Grand Prix and 3 special prizes. The public will also vote to issue its prize amongst the 36 films screened.

FIFO’s 4th Digital Encounters chaired by Michel Paoletti hosts a melting-pot of thought, not only to address what 21st century Oceania will be, but also to draw up an intermediary assessment of the huge digital changes that Polynesia is going through. Distinguished national and local personalities will discuss and analyse these upheavals in the digital world and their repercussions on Polynesian society. Daily debates will take place, uniting professionals, specialists, decision-makers and users around essential themes like Polynesia’s place in the digital world. The public will have free access to a cyber area and free Wi-Fi throughout the whole of FIFO.

As well as being a link between Polynesian, Micronesian and Melanesian worlds, FIFO is also a special place for meetings and debates. Many directors will be present at FIFO to meet, discuss and debate with the public. The 6th Pacific Television Conference will also take place during FIFO in partnership with France Télévisions, allowing a promising audiovisual market to be generated.

Over these 6 days, meetings with directors and free introductory shot-taking, script-writing and audiovisual editing workshops will be available to the general public, whilst professionals will be able to take part in OCEANIA PITCH, led by Nicolas Zunino.

Finally FIFO confirms its opening-up to fiction with expanded ‘alternative’ offerings consisting of 3 evening events: the Gala evening at Liberty, for the presentation of the film ‘Balibo’; the special ‘Cabourg’ evening where award-winning films from the 25th edition of the Cabourg Festival will be screened, and lastly, the much-awaited Pacific Short Film Night.

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