Fijian film makers harness their skills at workshop

Participants of the Advancing Filmmaking Skills for Fiji’s Youth workshop held at the Peninsula Hotel in Suva today. Picture: VILIMAINA NAQELEVUKI

FILM Makers in Fiji now have the opportunity to harness their talent over a two day workshop funded by the US department of State through the Arts Envoy program held at the Peninsula Hotel in Suva.

Regional public affairs officer for the US Embassy Rebecca Archer-Knepper said this was a wonderful opportunity to help the participants be able to share their stories through documentaries.

“Film making in Fiji is becoming a big industry , hopefully with your help it will become a bigger economic driver for Fiji ,” Ms Archer-Knepper said.

Tim Skousen and Cole Glass who have over 15 years of experience in film making in the U.S both shared how they would help these participants help document films.

“Most of what we are hoping to do is to share with you guys the mentality that you need to get all the elements you’re going to need to create the documentary that you want,” Mr Skousen said.

Ms Archer-Knepper said the two film makers would be in the country for the next two weeks to also assist schools for the upcoming Kula Film Awards.

“They are also going to be working with high school students to practice for the Kula film awards so that we can build up for the next generations of film makers to keep telling Fiji’s stories and to promote the film industry here in Fiji,” she said.

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