“Support Pacific Cultural and Creative Talent”

The Embassy of France in Fiji is proud to once again support the 2nd Islands in the World Oceania International Film Festival (IWOIFF) to be hosted at the University of the South Pacific’s (USP) ICT Centre from the 15th to 20th April. More than 40 movies, fiction and nonfiction, will be screened during the Festival, mainly from the Pacific and French pacific territories.

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Filmmakers, Larry Thomas and Embassy team group shot after the press conference today.

As the main contributor to the Festival, Ambassador of France H.E Gilles Montagnier stated, “It is vital to support cultural and creative talent. The beauty of the Pacific extends far beyond its beaches - it is also manifest in the cultural and creative talents of individuals."

“Nurturing this talent is not only beneficial financially but can also serve to facilitate regional and international knowledge sharing and other such exchanges in all fields. By showing movies and documentaries made in the Pacific, we also want to encourage the regional integration of our Territories in the region, New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Wallis and Futuna,” Montagnier stated.

Head of the Embassy’s Cultural Department, Ms. Emmanuelle Charrier also explained the importance of culture from the economic point of view : “In France, French cultural and creative industries (CCI) generates substantial export revenue for the country as well as increases the attractiveness of its education system, potential investment opportunities and contributes to the development of tourism via the various creative festivals held in the different towns and villages – the most famous of these being the Cannes Film Festival”.

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Head of Embassy’s Cultural Department, Ms. Emmanuelle Charrier , speaks during the press conference in Suva today.

Ambassador Montagnier said France is committed to promoting cultural diversity and freedom of expression; and will continue to support the creative and cultural industries in the Pacific. Members of the public should seize the opportunity to support local talent by being part of the Islands in the World Oceania International Film Festival.

He further cited that it was also good opportunity to call upon Fiji to support the ratification of the UNESCO Convention on cultural diversity.

The Film Festival welcomes eight movie makers to Fiji from mainland France, New Caledonia, French Polynesia, the United Kingdom, Italy, Hawaii, Argentina and Australia.

Among these is the 2014 FIFO Award Winning documentary; Nickel, the treasure of the Kanak by Anne Pitoiset and Laurent Cibien, which will be screened during the opening of the Festival later today. It shows the making of the world class Nickel Factory built in the Northern Province of New Caledonia, a symbol of the wish for well-balanced development in this French archipelago.

French cinema is quite popular in Oceania, with 4.5 million paying moviegoers raking in FJD105Million in revenue in 2013 alone.

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For further information please contact:
Vasemaca Tuisawau at the Embassy of France, Suva via vasemaca.tuisawau(at)diplomatie.gouv.fr or Tel: (679) 3310526 – Ext 3918 Fax: (679) 3223901

Published on 11/04/2014

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