The inaugural Islands in the World Oceania International Film Festival (IWOIFF) will be hosted by the University of the South Pacific, at the Japan ICT Centre, in Suva, Fiji from 15-20 April 2013.
Festival Director, Larry Thomas said, IWOIFF’s intention is to bring international films to Fiji that would otherwise never hit the mainstream and provide an opportunity for Fijians and Pacific island filmmakers, technicians and artists to meet, learn and be informed of film and filmmaking in all forms.
Internationally renowned French film maker, Alfred Lot, known for his role as Associate Producer in the film Transporter starring Jason Stratham and as 1st Assistant Director of Kiss of the Dragon starring Jet Li will be attending the Film Festival, with two of his own films, Melody’s Smile and A Spot of Bother, scheduled to be shown at Village 6 Cinemas during the week. He will be joined by other French Filmmakers and movie directors, as well as directors from French festivals such as Michel Degorce-Dumas for the Rochefort Film Festival and René Boutin for the People’s Film Festival “Anûû-rû abôro”. The festival will be launched by the Ambassador of France, H.E. Mr Gilles Montagnier.
Other films scheduled include O Le Tulafale (The Orator), a Samoan feature film, set in Samoa, Children of the Bomb, the winner of the grand prize at FIFO (The Oceania Documentary Film Festival) in Tahiti, and a selection of Maori short films.
The festival, expected to be the first of many, is being made possible with support from the Rochefort Film Festival in France, The French Embassy, The University of the South Pacific, The Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) at USP, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and Film Fiji.
Tomorrow I’ll be posting an interview with Festival Director, Larry Thomas. We talanoa about the film festival and film making in the Pacific. Update: You can view interview here.
15-20 April 2013
University of the South Pacific
Source: IWOIFF media release. Images: via IWOIFF website