26 Jan 2010

Tahiti hosts film festival

12:50 pm on 26 January 2010

The seventh International Pacific Documentary Film Festival is being held in French Polynesia this week.

18 documentaries from the Pacific region have been shortlisted for the five-day event, while another 20 will be shown outside the competition.

A short film fiction night precedes the event for the first time.

The entries include movies from French Polynesia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Hawaii, France and Australia.

An organiser, Elaine Koller, says the topics of this year's festival are wide-ranging.

"There's a lot of stuff on environment, a lot about climate change, because it concern the Pacific, drowning islands and that kind of stuff. A lot of stuff about land rights, Maori land rights, Aboriginal land rights and colonisation. Quite a few works that concern historial re-enactment and portraits."

Elaine Koller says selection criteria include the originality of the subject and dramaturgic talent.