A wealth of events for the tenth FIFO…

FIFO is celebrating its tenth year…What a long way it has come since the festival started out. To mark this special year the organisers are particularly delighted to welcome Mr Hervé Bourges, chairman of the Jury for the first three years of FIFO, who will join us to celebrate FIFO 2013.

This new FIFO will open its doors from Monday 11th to Sunday 17th February 2013 in the grounds of theMaison de la Culture. This annual rendezvous, a true intersection of Oceanian images and expression, has become indispensable over the years for professionals and the public alike, placing French Polynesia at the heart of Oceania for several days.

The jury is chaired this year by Greg Germain – France, a comedian, director, and chairman of the association of the Avignon ‘Off’ Festival, “Chairman of the Agency for the Promotion and Broadcast of Overseas Cultures.” The actress Fleur Lise Hueut will join him (‘Cloclo,’ ‘Ma bonne étoile’…),Yves Jeanneau – France, producer, founder and commissioner of La Rochelle’s Sunny Side of the Doc (documentary film market), Jean-Claude Lamy, literary journalist and writer, Julia Overton, producer, manager responsible for investments at the national agency Screen Australia (equivalent to the CNC in France), Murray Green “former director of ABC international, Doctor of Media Law,” Joe Berlinger, producer, director (‘Paradise Lost’), journalist and photographer, Leon Narbey, director of  photography for “The Orator” a Samoan tale awarded at the Venice Film Festival, Déwé Gorodey, Minister of Culture and writer, Christian Robert, editor, chairman of the Association of Editors in Tahiti and the Islands and Etienne Raapoto, journalist, Polynésie 1ere. They will have the delicate task of awarding a Jury Grand prix and 3 special prizes from amongst the documentaries which continue to improve in quality. The public will also vote to award its own prize amongst the 36 films screened.

The 5th Digital Encounters chaired by Michel Paoletti once again makeFIFO a melting-pot for reflection, not only to tackle what 21st century Oceania will be, but also to draw up a review of the great digital changes that Polynesia is experiencing. Eminent national and local figures will base their analysis on these upheavals in the digital world and their repercussions on Polynesian society. Debates will take place daily, gathering professionals, specialists, decision-makers and users around themes as essential as Polynesia’s place in digital. The public will have free access to cyberspace and free Wi-Fi throughout FIFO.

A link between Polynesian, Micronesian and Melanesian worlds, FIFO is also a privileged centre for meetings and debates. Numerous directors will be present at FIFO to meet, exchange and debate with the public. The 7th Pacific Television conference for officials will also take place during FIFO in partnership with France Télévisions, enabling a forward-looking audiovisual market to be generated. The importance of the 4th OCEANIA PITCH should also be noted, led this year by Laurent Mini, producer and co-founder of ‘La Compagnie des Taxis Brousse.’  Prestigious speakers such as Delia Baldeshi, Programme Director for Planète + and Luc de Saint-Sernin Coordination Director for 1ère FTV channels, will mentor the directors and producers who will present their projects to regional buyers.

During these 6 days, meetings with directors and initiation workshops will be freely available to the general public. New workshops will be offered this year to respond to growing public demand: the script writing scenario, this year devoted to documentary, audiovisual editing workshop, but also a shooting workshop Go-Pro, an interactive Ibook creation workshop, and lastly a Stop-Motion workshop. The workshops are free, but registration is essential.

Lastly FIFO confirms its opening out to fiction through fringe events: ‘a Cabourg Romantic Film Festival evening’ at the Hotel Intercontinental Resort where the films nominated at the 26th Cabourg Festival will be presented, with the actress from the film ‘Ma Bonne Etoile,’ the preview of the film ‘Kanak une histoire Oubliée’ (Kanak: a Forgotten Story) in the presence of Christian Karembeu, and finally the long-awaited Oceanian Short Film Night, which for the first year will open to public vote.

A special 10th FIFO game will be available for the public and visitors, with a Papeete Los Angeles return ticket; t-shirts made especially for this year are also for sale, as well as a pre-stamped special FIFO postcard….All the ingredients required for a memorable FIFO.

We wish you all an excellent FIFO.