21 Jan 2004

Twenty-six Pacific documentaries compete for prize in premier film festival

5:00 pm on 21 January 2004

Documentaries produced in and about the Pacific are competing in Tahiti for what is believed to be the first regional film festival of its kind.

The International Festival of Oceania Documentary Film, which attracted 40 submissions from nine countries, is being run this week in Pape'ete.

Fourteen judges from France, Australia, Tahiti and New Caledonia have pre-selected 24 to be included in the competition.

The communications manager for the secretariat of the Pacific Community, Rosita Hoffman, who is also a judge, says the festival will give exposure to Pacific productions within the region and beyond.

But, she says the festival has other aims, as well.

"It's also a forum for regional producers to exchange ideas and possibly engage in co-productions through better networking, and trying to promote Pacific culture and tradition"

The communications manager for the Pacific Community secretariat, and festival judge, Rosita Hoffman.

The festival winner will be announced on Saturday night.