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Winners of the Pasifika Film Fest 2016

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We present the list of winners of the Pasifika Film Fest that took place from November 2nd – 13th in Sydney & Brisbane, Australia.

Best of the Fest

blackbirdBlackbird by Amie Batalibasi | 2015

Forced to work on a sugar plantation in Queensland, Australia in the late 1800s, a spirited young Pacific Islander, Kiko, journeys into manhood, and amidst severe oppression and loss, must find his will to survive.

Breakthrough Award

forgottenForgotten Dawn Children by Joshua Iosefo | 2015

Ioane wakes up to another lonely, cold morning. He turns on his radio, makes his tea, and goes to work. In the middle of his daily routine, he starts to remember how things used to be. Before they came. When people knew.

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Liklik Piksa Award

maisaMaisa The Chamoru Girl Who Saves Guahan by Michael Q. Ceballos | 2015

Based on a beloved classic Legend from the island of Guam, ‘Maisa the Chamoru Girl who Saves Guåhan’ tells the story of how a young Chamoru girl finds the strength, wisdom, and courage to lead the women of Guåhan (Guam) into battle against a giant creature from the Marianas trench that is devouring their island home. ‘Maisa’ is the first animated film to feature the endangered indigenous Chamorro language of Guam. For this film cultural and language experts along with the GDOE Chamorro Studies Special Projects Division worked diligently on bringing the language back to its historical pre contact era.

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Pasifika Warriror

beliefBelief: The Possession of Janet Moses by David Stubbs | 2015

Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses is a documentary film that lifts the veil of secrecy on what became known as “The Wainuiomata exorcism”, to reveal the extra-ordinary true story of how both love and fear could drive a New Zealand family to unwittingly kill one of their own.

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People Choice Award

beingBeing Bruno Banani by Jorge Junge & Susanna Wentzlaff | 2014

Being Bruno Banani tells the unique story of the first and only Tongan Luger who managed to qualify in an amazingly short amount of time for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. Through his name he also acted as the first “living brand” using a completely new and disputed way to get around the strict IOC’s Olympic advertising regulations.

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Shortlisted Films

Pasifika Warrior Award
Blackbird by Amie Batalibasi | 2015
Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses by David Stubbs | 2015
Sons of Halawa by Matt Yamashita | 2015
Te Mana o te Moana by Anna Marbrook & Mike Single | 2015
The Chiefs Speech to the United Nations by Vilsoni Hereniko | 2015

Liklik Piksa Award
Adorn by Lisa Taouma | 2016
Maisa the Chamoru Girl Who Saves Guahan by Michael Q. Ceballos | 2015
The Promise of Piha by Hanelle Harris | 2015
The Spectacular Imagination of the Pohara Brothers by Todd Karehana | 2015

Breakthrough Award
A Piece of the Cake (Yumi go Kale) by Wan Smolbag Theatre | 2016
Blackbird by Amie Batalibasi | 2015
Boy Strikes Back by Genesis Selena Ma’u | 2016
Forgotten Dawn Children by Joshua Iosefo | 2015

Best of the Fest Award
Adorn by Lisa Taouma | 2016
Blackbird by Amie Batalibasi | 2015
Sons of Halawa by Matt Yamashita | 2015
Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses by David Stubbs | 2015

To know more about this festival you can visit the FESTIVAL PROFILE or the official website HERE.

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