Film Fiji aims to support the development of a local Audio-Visual Industry capable of portraying unique voices on the screen, while also creating new career and business opportunities in the Audio-Visual sector.
With this purpose at heart, Film Fiji created the Fiji Script Development Program (FSDP) and the Fiji Producers Accelerator Program (FPAP).
“We see these programs as extremely beneficial, not only for Fiji’s audio-visual industry, but also in creating and maintaining revenue streams for local artists and their families.” Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade, Co-operatives, Small and Medium Enterprises and Communications, Honourable Manoa Kamikamica.
With support from the European Union through the ACP-EU Programme (Pacific) facilitated by SPC – The Pacific Community, Film Fiji intends to support up to 20 local Scriptwriters and 40 Film Producers. The programs will assist their projects by steering them through 4-month industry-specific development programs during 2023.
“We are tremendously excited about these two innovative programs that will support local filmmakers in Fiji. The programs will help scriptwriters perfect their projects, while also bringing in required skills and network opportunities for local film producers, so that they learn how to present their projects to overseas markets and co-produce internationally. We are proud to help strengthen the people’s voices through storytelling and are eager to help these initiatives off the ground” said Film Fiji CEO, Ramiro Tenorio.
The aim is that all the selected candidates complete the accelerator programs, having been provided specific skill development, creating local intellectual property and an associated revenue stream. There is opportunity to also develop international relationships with production companies and raise the profile of Fiji as an audio-visual friendly destination.
“As the Ministry responsible for Fiji’s Film Commission, we are pleased to support these development initiatives by Film Fiji. The programs provide Scriptwriters and Film Producers with the necessary platform to elevate their projects both locally and internationally. We see these programs as extremely beneficial, not only for Fiji’s Audio-Visual industry, but also in creating and maintaining revenue streams for local artists and their families. We encourage all aspiring Scriptwriters and Film Producers to take advantage of these opportunities and apply for the available programs” said the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade, Co-operatives, Small and Medium Enterprises and Communications, Honourable Manoa Kamikamica.