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Kiwi winners at FIFO 2014

FIFO handed out its gongs in Tahiti on Saturday evening, with Anne Pitoiset and Laurent Cibien’s New Calendoia-set Nickel, The Kanak’s Treasure taking out the Grand Prize.

Lauren Jackson’s I’m Going to Mum’s took the festival’s one non-doco award, the Best Short Film prize.

Nikki Si’ulepa won the Oceania Pitch competition with Taku Ipukarea (My Homeland). Si’ulepa’s co-directed 2012 short (with Justine Simei-Barton) Snow in Paradise premiered in Berlin before playing Tribeca, the Sydney and Melbourne Film Festivals, St Tropez’s Festival des Antipodes, and scoring a hat-trick in NZ: Wairoa, the NZIFF and Show Me Shorts.

TVNZ’s head of children’s programming, Kathryn Graham, was one of the international commissioners assessing pitches.

Oceania’s documentary festival and forum came to a close yesterday, with Amy Taylor’s Soul in the Sea the festival’s final programmed screening. Doc Edge’s Dan Shanan attended for the first time, along with a number of NZ filmmakers.

FIFO will be represented at this year’s Screen Edge Forum in Auckland (29-30 May) and Doc Edge Festival (22 May – 2 June in Auckland, 5-15 June in Wellington).

The winners at FIFO were:
The Grand Jury Prize (500,000XPF/cNZ$6,800)
Nickel, The Kanak’s Treasure, directed by Anne Pitoiset et Laurent Cibien, produced by Coproduction Zadig Productions, Aaa Production & France Télévisions.

Special Jury Prize (300,000XPF/cNZ$4,100)
Nuclear Savage, directed by Adam Jonas Horowitz, produced by Primordial Soup Company

Jury Prizes (300,000XPF each)
The Archipelago Company, directed by Jacques Navarro-Rovira, produced by France Télévisions, Polynésie 1ère, Beau Geste, Grand Angle Production & Bleu Lagon Production
Big Name No Blanket, directed by Steven Mcgregor, produced by Night Sky Films Pty Ltd

The Public’s Choice Award (300,000XPF)
Ananahi, Tomorrow, directed by Cécile Tessier Gendreau, produced by  France Télévisions, Polynésie 1ère & Anekdota Production

The Best Short Film (100,000XPF/cNZ$1,400)
I’m Going To Mum’s, directed by Lauren Jackson, produced by  Andrew Cochrane & Jeremy Macey

Oceania Pitch (120,000XPF/EUR1,000/cNZ$1,650)
Nikki Si’ulepa, for Taku Ipukarea

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