Meet the Executive is new for FIFO 2019 bringing broadcasters, producers and directors together. It is an important and essential event for presenting the editorial line of television channels and sharing various aspirations with local players.
FIFO has come to an end. The prize-giving evening for this 16th festival took place on Friday 8th February. The documentary Anote’s Arck was awarded the FIFO France Télévisions Main Prize. Patutiki, l’art du tatouage des îles Marquises won the public prize; three special jury prizes were presented. Let’s take a look at the winners of this special edition.
There is only one meeting like this in the region: the Oceanic Television Conference gathers the media from the Pacific during FIFO each year to learn and to get to know each other, as well as to share difficulties and innovative ideas. This 13th conference is optimistic – digital facilitates content sharing and relationships between different partners.
Good Pitch Pasifika was announced at FIFO 2018. This year it is starting to take shape and was presented at a conference on Tuesday 5th February, followed by an impact workshop to explain how this tool can help and play a part in the impact of a film.
Gender issues are often raised at FIFO. The characters, struggles, dreams and sufferings of transgender people are reflected in these films that touch the audience. The selected documentaries are therefore regularly awarded by the jury and are a hit with the public. Why does this...
We have the opportunity to understand a man’s path in the film Au nom du père, du fils et des esprits in the official competition at FIFO. Following his son, Emmanuel Tjibaou, we discover the different dimensions of this politician who marked the history of New Caledonia, but whose journey remains obscure. The film is also very topical raising fundamental questions at a time when Caledonians are on the brink of determining their future.
The Grand Theatre was full on Monday for an evening dedicated to short documentaries, Window on Shorts. For two hours, the audience journeyed to the four corners of Oceania, exploring at times under appreciated aspects of our huge region. The political situation in West Papua also left its mark on many.
The 16th International Documentary Film Festival of Oceania kicked off on Tuesday morning on the paepae a Hiro (bench) at the Maison de la culture. FIFO is the second largest cultural event of the year in French Polynesia, as vice-chairman Teva Rohfritsch pointed out, and its influence extends far beyond the limits of the fenua (island) enabling, in the words of Wallès Kotra, cofounder of the event, ‘this invisible continent to become visible’.
Preserving a ten-year tradition, Fiction Night opened FIFO 2019 on Saturday 2nd February. This is a fringe evening event where the audience journeyed into the world of Oceanic fiction and voted for their favourite film at the end of the evening.
Carl Arderlhod is chairman of the jury for the 16th FIFO. Historian and writer, he is taking on this role for the first time and is very much looking forward to this experience.
Malinda Wink is a member of the jury at FIFO 2019. Director of Good Pitch Australia, this is her first visit to French Polynesia. As an audiovisual professional she is eager to watch the selected films. Let’s get to know her a little.