The selection and the jury of the 11thFIFO

The FIFO association has great pleasure in revealing the composition of the jury that will reward the selection of documentaries competing for the very sought after ‘Grand Prix FIFO – France Télévisions 2014.’

From the 3rd to the 7th February 2014, 14 documentaries featuring the Pacific continent will be vying for the prizes in the 11th FIFO competition. From amongst these works, a Jury of specialists will distinguish three Special Prizes and one Grand Prix.

To add a little suspense, there will be Aboriginal rock music, the first colonists, the immersion of Pacific soldiers in Afghanistan, a contemporary saga in Pitcairn, nickel, but also languages, art, community, nature and culture… There is no doubt FIFO is a good place to be! From the Australian bush to the New Zealand coast through the heart of New Caledonia and the vastness of the Tuamotus, the selection for FIFO 2014 promises to be amazing, cosmopolitan and of great depth. A breath of fresh air will be provided by the noteworthy arrival of documentaries from New Caledonia. These open out the questions and concerns of a population that needs to envisage a new and… shared destiny.

The key figures invited to judge the films have like always been chosen for their demanding and diverse careers:

Members of the jury

Julia Overton – Australia

Producer, manager and investment manager for the national agency, Screen Australia

Jacob Luamanuvae – Samoa

Internationally renowned for 3D animation

Chuck Boller – Hawaii

Responsible for organising HIFF (Hawaii International Film Festival), the largest Hawaiian film festival

Witi Ihimaera – New Zealand

Writer and intellectual from New Zealand, considered a leading author of post–colonial literature. Several of his works have been turned into film

Emmanuel Tjibaou – New Caledonia 

Director of the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre, linguist and poet


Moana Brotherson – French Polynesia

Director of communication and multimedia for the OPT

Stella Taaroamea – French Polynesia

Journalist and presenter for Polynésie 1ère


Portrait Luc Jacquet

As for the long awaited Chairman of the Jury, filmmaker Luc Jacquet is honouring us by chairing this 11th FIFO. The director of ‘March of the Penguins,’ winning an Oscar for Best Documentary Film in 2006, was previously here in 2011 and is returning this year with another masterpiece: the newly released ‘Once Upon a Forest.’ The film narrates the reconstruction of a primary forest by literally bringing the spectator into the world of the trees, a real cinematographic feat to be unveiled by Luc Jacquet. FIFO is humbled and delighted to welcome this highly regarded professional, putting the multitude of his experience to the service of FIFO, the competition, the professionals and the public.