From Summit to Sea: Filmmaking in the Pacific (at FOPA)

3pm, 5th July, Honiara, Solomon Islands.

The Festival of Pacific Arts organising committee today are pleased to announce that the Executive Director of the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC), Mr Joost den Hartog will fly in from Adelaide, Australia to attend the FOPA film program. Whilst here Mr Den Hartog will have the opportunity to view many of the region’s films, meet filmmakers and moderate an open film forum for local and visiting filmmakers.

The forum, entitled From Summit to Sea: Filmmaking in the Pacific will be held at the new National Auditorium located behind the Museum in Honiara. This free event will take place during the FOPA film festival on the 5th of July at 3pm. It is expected that around 20 visiting filmmakers and producers will attend the festival and this will be an opportunity for them to meet and discuss the issues that are most important for filmmakers across the Pacific. The forum will be open to the public. Anyone interested in filmmaking may come and hear from professionals about the regional opportunities and challenges. From Summit to Sea is being co-presented by the AIDC and Media Room sponsors, Pacific Islanders in Communications.

The Festival is incredibly fortunate to have someone of Mr Den Hartog’s calibre attend and host such an event. The AIDC is an annual conference held in Australia and is the largest collection of documentary directors, producers, commissioning editors and broadcasters in our region. Mr Den Hartog’s extensive experience in dealing with the business of filmmaking across the globe will be an invaluable insight for filmmakers from smaller audio-visual industries in the Pacific.

In announcing his decision to visit the festival Mr Den Hartog said: “This is a great opportunity for the AIDC to connect with the filmmakers of the Pacific and canvas the issues that are important to this region. It is an area with great physical and social material ready-made for documentary filmmakers in particular. I hope my attendance will in some way help facilitate a connection with local content producers and the wider world of international broadcasters and film markets.”

These sentiments were reiterated by the Director of the National Museum and Chairperson of the Creative Arts organising committee for FOPA, Mr Tony Heorake: “We are delighted that the Australian International Documentary Conference has kindly accepted our invitation and has agreed to send their Executive Director to the Festival of Pacific Arts. His visit is testament to the esteem with which our event is held internationally and will be a fabulous opportunity for local filmmakers.”

The FOPA film festival will screen a wide selection of shorts, documentaries and feature films from around the Pacific. The program will run on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of July from 9am to 9pm at the National Auditorium. Films will then continue to be screened at afternoon sessions for the remainder of the festival at the Pacific Islanders in Communications Media Room located at the photographic exhibit hosted in the USP Mokolo building.

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