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FIFO 2013 gets under way in Tahiti

The Oceania documentary festival opens today in Tahiti for its 10th edition, featuring three NZ titles in competition, three out, and four in the festival’s non-doco-specific shorts programme.

To mark its 10th outing, the festival has been running free screenings of award-winners from its previous editions, including five NZ films: Thomas Burstyn’s This Way of Life; Liz Thompson’s Breaking Bows and Arrows; Annie Goldson’s An Island Calling; Dan Salmon’s Made in Taiwan; and Briar March’s Te Henua e Noho: There Once Was an Island.

This time around the in competition programme includes Mike Jonathan’s The Road to the Globe; Paul Janman’s Tongan Ark which screened last year in the NZIFF; and Paul Wolfram’s NZ-Papua New Guinea production, Stori Tumbuna :
Ancestor’s Tales

Out of competition, Grace Wiremu’s Ka Mate, The Haka, The Legend; Julia Parnell’s Perfect In My Imperfection; and Peter Young’s The Last Ocean are eligible for the audience award (which Salmon’s Made in Taiwan won in addition to its Grand Prix).

The shorts programme includes Zia Mandviwalla’s now Oscar-qualified Night Shift; Tammy Davis’ Ebony Society; James Barr’s Koro’s Medal; and Louise Leitch’s Whakatiki.

FIFO runs until Sunday (17 Feb), the festival accompanied by a workshop programme and pitch competition.

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