Craig Fasi is the curator behind Pollywood – The Polynesian Short Film Festival.
How did Pollywood come about?
I started working at The Moving Image Centre as a curatorial/gallery asisstant 2002- identified that the Polynesian content of MIC in terms of short film and multimedia art was indeed lacking.
Started researching Pacific Island artists in film via places like He Taonga Productions, & Tagata Pasifika, Unitech, AUT.. etc.. sourced films and decided to screen a Pacific Island films night.
Word spread – and a lot of queries came through about an annual event. Material was hard to come by to put together the first screening so it was debateable if it could be an annual event.
However – 5 years later Pollywood is still going.
Who are behind it?
I am sole curator for the programme – I organize submissions, select the programme, create promotional artwork, co-ordinate the programme, venues, directors.. MIC is my profressional mentor and help with overviewing the programme, supplying gear for the screenings and overall support of the programme. Pollywood runs under the MIC umbrella.
Is this going to be an annual festival?
Yes – debateable at first but now 5 years running..
Anything else you can tell us about Pollywood?
Pollywood helps to promote Pacific Island artists involved in film both on and off screen – in terms of directors, writers, actors etc..
For more info about Pollywood
Contact Craig Fasi
021 217 0878