Fiji Film Fest to Showcase New Trends in Cinema

Members of the public will get an opportunity to watch new and exciting films from Fiji, USA, China, India and Iran at the 2015 Fiji Film Festival.

The 6th Film Festival was opened by His Excellency the President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau last night at the Damodar Event Cinemas in Raiwai, Suva.

Ratu Epeli highlighted the important role film festivals played in bringing together a wide range of films for the benefit of people who enjoy a good round of entertainment through cinematic art.

He said appropriate films and film festivals can help generate greater harmony within society, especially societies with a diverse range of culture such as ours in Fiji.

“Films will not only entertain us but they can also enlighten and educate us on different cultural norms and practices of the various civilisations that exist within Fiji and around the world,” Ratu Epeli said.

“This can help engender a greater understanding and appreciation of one another, which in turn could lead to improved harmony at the local and national levels. Cinematic arts can also inspire people to reach their dreams and aspirations.”

Two hundred and five (205) meaningful films from 29 different countries will be screened across the country during the Fiji Film Festival from 17th to 23rd July, 2015.

“I am glad that the Fiji International Film Festival has grown into an annual event and will continue to grow. Out of the 245 world-class entries received, 205 films under various categories will be screened at Damodar Cinemas, FNU Raiwai, Koronivia, Nadi, Lautoka, Ba and Labasa campus,” Ratu Epeli stated.

He said the films that will be on display during the film festival would bring home to Fiji issues common in many cultures around the world.

“Good cinema is an important and powerful tool for universal communication. It will provide the opportunity for our people from all walks of life to appreciate the beauty and diversity of the world through the medium of the cinema,” Ratu Epeli added.

UniStudio (FNU) director, Ravi Malik said the Fiji Film Festival has developed into one of the most significant and remarkable film festivals in the Pacific region.

“We will also showcase 14 films from Fiji to promote the outstanding work of Fijian film makers. The Fiji Film Festival also contributes to breaking down boundaries between nations, cultures and traditions by showcasing films from diverse backgrounds which truly is important in today’s changing society,” Mr Malik said.

Meanwhile, His Excellency Ratu Epeli also launched the Fiji Film Festival 2015 hand book at the opening ceremony last night.