The 11th FIFO is ready and waiting!

SVY_4152Organisers of the 11th FIFO and their official partners presented the programme for the 11th FIFO to the press today.

The ball will start rolling from Monday 3rd February to Sunday 9th February 2014 within the Maison de la Culture. A genuine crossroads for Oceanian images and expression, this annual gathering that over time has become a firm favourite for professionals and the public, places French Polynesia at the heart of Oceania for its duration. Over the course of this week, 80 festivalgoers are expected, and amongst them directors, producers, audio-visual specialists, Pacific television executives and festival organisers.

This year the jury is chaired by Mr Luc Jacquet, director of ‘March of the Penguins,’ ‘The Fox and the Child’ and more recently ‘Once Upon a Forest’ that he will unveil on Monday 3rd February at the Majestic cinema. He will be accompanied in this task by the producer Julia Overton (Australia), a global benchmark in 3D animation Jacob Luamanuvae (Samoa), Chuck Boller (Hawaii) responsible for organising the HIFF (Hawaii International Film Festival), a writer and intellectual from New Zealand Witi Ihimaera (New Zealand), Director of the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre Emmanuel Tjibaou (New Caledonia) linguist and poet, Stella Taaroamea (French Polynesia) journalist and Polynésie 1ère presenter and Moana Brotherson (French Polynesia), Director of communication and multimedia at OPT.

They will have the delicate task of awarding the Jury Grand Prix–France TELEVISIONS and 3 special prizes from amongst the documentaries of ever-increasing quality. The public will also vote to award their prize from amongst the 33 films screened.

Linking Polynesian, Micronesian and Melanesian worlds, FIFO is also a coveted venue for meetings and debates. Many directors will attend FIFO to meet up, discuss and debate with the public. Guest speakers, notably members of the jury, will hold conferences. A meeting between the organisers of Pacific festivals will take place on 8th February, in order to coordinate collaborations between FIFO and these bodies.

The 8th Conference for Oceania Television executives will also take place during FIFO in partnership with France Télévisions, enabling a forward-looking audio-visual market to be generated. The importance of the 5th OCEANIA PITCH should also be mentioned, led this year by Hind Saih, a producer and audio-visual consultant, who will be accompanied by three renowned editorial managers: Kathryn Graham (TVNZ), Luc de Saint-Sernin (Outre-mer 1ère – France Télévisions) and Anne Gouraud (Planète+ Thalassa).

Over the course of these 6 days, 9 meetings with directors are scheduled as well as introductory workshops: script writing; audio-visual editing; Go-Pro shooting, introduction to web-documentary; Stop-Motion. The workshops are free. Note: enrolment essential.

FIFO confirms its receptiveness to fiction through fringe events: the much awaited 5th Pacific Short Film Night, that will be open to the public vote once again, the premiere screening of Luc Jacquet’s film ‘Once Upon a Forest’ at the Majestic cinema and ‘The Cabourg Romantic Film Festival evening’ at the Maison de la Culture where selected films from the 27th Cabourg Festival will be presented, in the presence of the director of ‘Macadam Baby.’

The screening of the documentary ‘Oceania’ on Sunday 2nd February at the Maison de la culture is an addition to the already rich programme, as well as ‘Pacific Screens’ in the video room, from Tuesday 4th to Thursday 6th in the evenings.

Lastly, like every year, entry is free for school pupils, subject to advance booking, with a new feature – a schedule specifically designed for them on Monday 3rd February.

The event is looming at just two weeks away. Everything is ready to welcome the festivalgoers and the Polynesian public, for what looks to be a promising 11th FIFO.