Monday 3 April 2017 – The Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Hon. Faiyaz Koya today officially launched the 2017 Kula Awards organized by Film Fiji. This year marks the 12th year of the awards, which will be culminate on Friday 28 July and Saturday 29 July 2017.  The Kula Awards program provides an opportunity for high school students to be trained and to showcase their talents in the areas of Dance, Art and Film.

Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Hon. Faiyaz Koya states, “the Kula Awards is an important annual event as it helps in the development of industry by ‘introducing training and competition in creative art to high school students. In past years, we have seen outstanding pieces of work by our students and I encourage schools to continue with their participation.”

He added that such programs were important as the knowledge and skills acquired by students would directly benefit the growth of the audio visual industry.

Film Fiji has already begun running workshops for participating students around the country and has more planned in the coming months. These workshops are conducted by industry experts and included script-writing, cinematography, acting and dance. Like last year, the French Embassy has again partnered with Film Fiji to bring in an award winning French director to conduct one of our workshops.

Film Fiji Board Chairperson, Shaenaz Voss says “We are extremely grateful to the Ministry of Industry, Trade, Tourism, Mineral Resources and Lands, the Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts, our sponsors, school administrators, teachers and students for a memorable event each year. Without their support and enthusiasm, it would not be possible for us to hold an annual event of this high standard.”

Film Fiji Chief Executive Officer, Dallas Foon says, “We’ve had another overwhelming response this year and schools continue to register. We already have 24 schools registered to compete in the competition with more schools showing interest to register in the following weeks. As the Kula Awards enters its second decade, we will be raising the bar yet again, adding more training and introducing more categories for students to compete for expanding the competition and hopefully improving the skill levels as they strive to compete for the prizes.”