Solomon Island documentary project wins Oceania Pitch

Published on Sat, 16/02/13 | Films, News

Sukwadi Media’s pitch for a film called THE TEST has won the Oceania Pitch competition at this year’s FIFO Film Festival in Tahiti, as announced in the festival’s prize ceremony on Friday night.

THE TEST is the story of a boy who paddles a canoe out to sea to fish tuna in a test for himself and future of a community.

The film will be produced by director and cameraman Adilah Dolaiano from Malaita, Solomon Islands (, producer and screenwriter Anouk Ride Dolaiano from Australia living in Honiara, and researcher and writer Julian Maka’a from Makira, Solomon Islands.

In the Oceania Pitch programme ATPA/ FIFO selects the best projects and offers them a three day workshop to prepare their presentation, accompanied by high quality professionals such as commissioning editors, producers and directors.

After this coaching, Oceania Pitch participants present their ideas for future films to a panel of broadcasters, funding agencies and producers from all over the world.

These people then vote on the best pitch and a prize of 1000 EURO is awarded by ATPA/FIFO.

In his acceptance speech, Director of THE TEST Adilah Dolaiano thanked the organisers, his fellow Pacific Islander filmmakers at the FIFO for the Pan Pacific Media Training and the Lord for this honour of the award and the support he felt for his project. He encouraged more Pacific Islanders to pitch projects in future, saying it was important for Islanders to tell their own stories.

Producer of THE TEST Anouk Ride Dolaiano said while pitching was an intimidating experience, the level of support from FIFO, the Oceania Pitch coaches and the other Pacific Islanders working in the media had been amazing and would always be remembered by the team producing THE TEST.

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