Inaugural film competition launched by university

By Alexander Rheeney ,

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National University of Samoa (N.U.S.).

National University of Samoa (N.U.S.). (Photo: File)

The Centre for Samoan Studies at the National University of Samoa (N.U.S.) has launched its inaugural short film competition.

The initiative seeks to provide opportunities for people who are interested in film-making and will provide free training with experienced film-makers on the film-making process and how phones can be used to create content. 

The top five films produced by the participants will receive prizes and the opportunity to have their content screened locally and regionally. The initiative will also enable the building of local capacity to produce meaningful films on topical issues affecting the country and the region, and in the process add to the body of knowledge and shared experiences. The short film competition theme for this year is ‘gender issues in Samoa’. 

The short film competition is an offshoot of a larger research project titled ‘Community film-making for gender equality in the Pacific’, which is led by Dr. Tony Crook, Director of the Centre for Pacific Studies at St. Andrews University, with the collaboration of independent film makers and researchers at the Centre for Samoan Studies at the National University of Samoa and the Papua New Guinea National Research Institute (N.R.I.). 

To be considered for the program, aspiring film-makers should send a 200-word email with the subject ‘CSS Film Challenge’ to the Centre for Samoan Studies (C.S.S.) at the N.U.S., stating why they are interested in participating before the August 3 deadline. All emails should be sent to the address: r.boodoosingh@nus.edu.ws 

The inaugural short film competition is funded by the Pacific Media Assistance Scheme with the C.S.S. determined to ensure that it becomes an annual event.

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