17 Apr 2013

Fiji hosts first World Oceania International Film Festival

3:17 pm on 17 April 2013

The Director of a new Pacific film festival says he hopes the event will expose film makers in the Pacific to the rest of the world.

The inaugural World Oceania International Film Festival was launched at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji on Monday.

The Festival Director, Larry Thomas, says the week-long event showcases 46 documentaries, short films and feature films from the Pacific, including Australia, New Zealand, France and Hawaii.

He says the aim is to give Pacific film makers a platform to showcase their work and to garner support for future projects.

"You know because aside from Australia and New Zealand, we don't have that much support. And so we are hoping that this will generate interest. And through the interest, some kind of support, whether it's from the private sector, from government and from university."

Larry Thomas says he hopes the film festival will become an annual event.