Festival International du Film Documentaire Oceanien 2021

It’s not too late to catch the 18th Annual Festival International du Film Documentaire Oceanien (FIFO), which is now running through February 14.

For more information, registration, and to see the scheduled films, please click here.

The Festival was established in 2004 on a founding idea from Wallès Kotra, at the time regional director of RFO Polynésie, FIFO immediately gained a high level of public interest. It rapidly attracted directors from Oceania and from all over the world, who recognised this event as an opportunity to take a look at the region. The two key elements to its immediate success: authenticity and diversity.

Other events are organised for the public and professionals around this documentary festival like the Oceanian Television Conference, Digital Encounters, the Oceanian Fiction Night, practical training workshops, and more recently, the Oceania Pitch. In addition, since its creation, FIFO has forged special relationships with other festivals in Metropolitan France, but also in Other countries in the Pacific region, like Australia or NewCaledonia.

This year’s event is completely digital. According to the organizers…

The Oceanian odyssey began in 2004. Shy at first, uncertain, FIFO quickly became an unavoidable event for the audio-visual sector from the Pacific. Over the years, Tahiti has become the Oceanian documentary film capital, a place where Oceanians meet and reveal themselves to the eyes of the world.

New factors compel this 18th edition of our festival to regenerate itself. The troubled waters we are navigating on are challenging us to stay on track and to keep moving forward. If the FIFO’s canoe sometimes stops in different location to share the wonders from the 7e art she carries, she has never stopped her voyage. This year is no exception to the rule and represents a challenge as daunting as it is stimulating. But as our tupuna before us, we know how to navigate through the storm and how to adapt. They knew it already, perhaps better than us: one cannot struggle against headwinds. One adjusts his sails.

Hence, FIFO 2021 is adjusting her sails as the festival evolves to be fully digital. This year, from the comfort of your own home you can watch 9 competing films, 11 non-competing films, special screenings, meetings, workshops and many other surprises that we have prepared for this FIFO of a new genre. Continue your journey throughout Oceania aboard our 2.0 va’a with of our e-guests, via videoconferencing either live or on replay. Meet directors and producers from New Zealand, New Caledonia, Australia, Hawaii… all of this, without leaving your living room!

Thanks to the magic of the Internet and despite the particular circumstances, we again invite you to join us on an emotional and fascinating journey into the heart of ourselves.

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