Tahiti’s Pacific documentary festival handed out its gongs on Saturday NZ time.
The FIFO Grand Prix was won by Australian Lynette Wallworth’s Tender, with Australian Rachel Perkins taking the Special Jury award for Black Panther Woman. Both awards were surprises – at least to those following the festival from a distance – since neither film was named in the competition line-up on FIFO’s website.
The first of the runner-up gongs went to Gilles Dagneau’s French title Les horizons chimériques (The chimerical horizons). Borrowing its title from composer Gabriel Fauré’s 1921 song cycle, it’s a travellers’ tale.
The jury gave its second runner-up gong to Dean Hamer & Joe Wilson’s Kumu Hina from Hawaii, which also picked up the People’s Choice award. Seen here last year in the Out Takes and Wairoa festivals, it was the one of very few competition entries at FIFO not made for TV.
Making its second appearance at FIFO, Jean-Philippe Joaquim’s Tatau, la culture d’un art (Tattoo, the culture of an art) took the prize for local titles. The title first appeared at FIFO last year in the Oceania Pitch competition, which was won by Nikki Si’ulepa with Taku Ipukarea (My Homeland).
Ben Gardiner’s Cat took the short film award. The Oceania Short Film Night, which isn’t doco-specific, presented 15 titles this year including seven from Australia. Jackie Van Beek’s In Safe Hands and Poata Eruera’s The Gift were selected from NZ.
French writer and director Jan Kounen led the FIFO 2015 jury, which included two Australians: Griffith Film School’s Herman Van Eyken and the Australian Director’s Guild Kingston Anderson. Having presented a programme of NZ documentaries at the beginning of the festival, Documentary Edge’s Dan Shanan also served on the jury alongside three New Caledonians: Emmanuel Tjibaou, Director of the Agency for the Development of Kanak Culture; director and producer Jacques Navarro-Rovira; and reporter Thomas Teriiteporouarai.
Mana Epiha’s Paitangi, made for TVNZ’s Waka Huia, was one of 10 titles playing out of competition at FIFO this year.
FIFO closes Monday 9 February NZ time.