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NZ films take three gongs at FIFO 2013

The Pacific’s documentary festival FIFO closed on the weekend, handing out its prizes on Friday evening. Films by Tearepa Kahi and Tammy Davis took three awards between them.

Davis won in the festival’s only non-doco specific section, the short film programme, taking the section’s inaugural Audience Award with Ebony Society.

In the main competition, the Grand Prix winner was Aux enfants de la bombe
Christine Bonnet & Jean-Marie Desbordesa’s film produced from original archive images filmed by a soldier during nuclear testing in the Pacific.

Australian director Catherine Scott’s Scarlet Road took the Audience Award, for a film traversing some of the same territory as Ben Lewin’s The Sessions, that of sex workers who supply their services to people with disabilities.

Kahi’s Moonson Pictures took two Special Prizes, one for Allan Baldwin in the Frame, which Kahi also directed about the work of 1960s photographer (Baldwin) with Maori elders.

Mike Jonathan’s The Road to the Globe took the other award for its documenting of the journey of Rawiri Paratene’s te reo production of Troilus & Cressida to its performances in last year’s World Shakespeare Festival at the Globe Theatre in London.

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