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46 Schools Have Registered For Kula Awards

Film Fiji chairperson Shaenaz Voss also highlighted that the industry was looking at encouraging film production as a career for school dropouts.
11 Apr 2019 10:00
46 Schools Have Registered For Kula Awards
Second row third from left: Film Fiji chairperson Shaenaz Voss, Minister for Education Rosy Akbar, Film Fiji Acting chief executive officer Jone Tikoca with teachers and students at the launch of the Kula Film Awards at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva on Wednesday April 10. Photo: DEPTFO News

Students have so much power to change peoples’ mindset, says Rosy Akbar.

The Minister for Education stated this while launching the Kula Film Awards at the Grand Pacific Hotel yesterday.

Forty-six schools have registered so far for the awards, which would happen on July 26 and 27.

Ms Akbar encouraged the students to use that platform to highlight contemporary issues that the society needed to deal with especially some of the taboo issues that people choose not to talk about.

“I’m sure that when you are going to produce your short films, you are going to be mindful of these things.

“As youngsters and as students, what are some of the issues that you are going to bring to the forefront of things, issues that people might not want to talk about openly, here is an opportunity given to you to bring that up,” she said.

“You students have so much power to change peoples’ mindset, you can use these competitions and activities to bring out that confidence.”

Ms Akbar encourages schools to be part of the competition and use the platform as a form of exposure for the children. Meanwhile, registration for the awards night is still open.

FILM ACADEMY IN FIJI

Film Fiji chairperson Shaenaz Voss also highlighted that the industry was looking at encouraging film production as a career for school dropouts.

She said there was talk to pursue avenues for a partnership with an international film academy to see if they can start one in Fiji.

“We’ve had a lot of interests and we’ve done some background work on it, it’s something that we would like to pursue,” she said.

She added that it would provide more opportunities for Fijians in developing and providing more expertise in film productions not only to work in Fiji, but to an international level as well.

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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