Pollywood Shorts Five07 celebrates Pacific Island Films

5 03 2007

POLLYWOOD CELEBRATES 5 YEARS OF
PACIFIC ISLAND SHORT FILM!
Since 2002 Pollywood Shorts has gone from strength to strength.

Pollywood Shorts started as ʻThe Pacific Island short film night held at The Moving Image Centre in 2001.

Based on the production and availability of new Pacific Island short film, there was scepticism on an annual event says Craig Fasi, the curator of Pollywood, but now the programme has reached its fifth year!

Pollywood Shorts FIVE07 showcases an electric selection of recent films made by our Pacific Island People. “Had there have been no support from organizations like the Moving Image Centre, ongoing submissions from Pacific Island writers and directors as well as continued motivation from the community, Pollywood Shorts would have never made it this far”, says Mr Fasi – “a big thank you to all involved in Pollywoods journey!”

Highlighting work from Niuean writer, Maree Webster with her film “Like Milk” – a story inspired by actual events of a woman coming to terms with the colour of her skin and also the doco; ʻBrown is the flavourʼ.

Samoan director, Miki Magasiva with his films, ʻUsoʼ – A comic coming of age story of two very close friends waiting for one important phone call and ʻRites of courageʼ, a dramatic journey from the traditional Pacific Island boy to what it means to be a man in today’s everchanging society.

ʻTiga e le Iloaʼ by established director, Popo Lilo – which featured in the 2003 Sundance film festival in Utah, is also featured in this years programme thanks to the NZ Film Commission.

“This years Pollywood lineup is inspiring, enlightening, educating and entertaining with a definite unique Pacific Island flavour. Celebrating ethnic diversity and encouraging Pacific Island people to embrace their culture!” Various directors will be available at each screening for a brief Q & A with the audience after the screening of the films.

For more info contact
CRAIG FASI
pollywood@orcon.net.nz
021 217 0878
www.mic.org.nz

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