A Solomon Islands filmmaker to AIDC 2013
Help the Solomon Islands tell their own stories. Let's get a Pacific Islands filmmaker to the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) DocWeek aidc.com.au in Adelaide in 2013. Everyone who makes a donation will receive a thank you credit on the AIDC website and on screen before the DocWeek opening night film.
The Solomon Islands is a developing nation in the South Pacific a few hours flight from Australia. It is teeming with an abundance of engaging stories ready to be told. However, with a developing economy reliant largely on international aid, local filmmakers are given no financial support to tell their own stories. So there is almost no independent film production in the Solomons and very few stories that reach the outside world. Those that do are almost never told from the authentic voice of a Solomon Islands filmmaker.
If we can raise the money above, it will allow us to send one local filmmaker to the AIDC where they will be able to attend forums, workshops, network with producers, commissioning editors and other filmmakers. It would be a brilliant start to helping Solomon Islander's understand the value of their own stories and open the doors to an international market.
The AIDC is kindly sponsoring the cost of delegation pass for a Solomon Island's filmmaker and if this is a success, have plans to expand this opportunity to other filmmakers across the Pacific region. This campaign hopes to raise enough funds for airfares, visas, insurance, accommodation and stipend for the chosen filmmaker.
The filmmaker chosen to attend the AIDC will be affiliated with the Honiara Filmmakers Group and be chosen via a competitive process adjudicated by the AIDC.
I had the pleasure to visit Honiara earlier this year. During the visit I met some great local filmmakers wanting to tell their stories, but unfortunately, the conditions stand in the way of a thriving filmmaking culture. The reason I visited Honiara was to moderate a filmmakers forum at the Festival for Pacific Cultures. The panel had representatives from several Pacific cultures, including our own NITV. The panel and the audience took a vow to start working together and to build a Pan Pacific support network to ensure Pacific Indigenous stories reach an audience. The first step was setting up http://www.facebook.com/fopafilm?ref=hl and now Billy Head, curator of the FOPA Film Festival is taking the lead in this campaign. Please help us out if you can! Thanks