November 09, 2023
Technology brings Pollywood home
It’s Pollywood, with special screenings of seven Pasifika films at three Auckland venues over the month.
Spokesperson Louisa Tipene Opetaia, who has Te Rarawa and Samoan whakapapa, says they include a feature on the 50th anniversary of the Polynesian Panther movement, a Samoan family biopic, and an animation.
She says in the 21 years the festival has been running technology has advanced to bring filmmaking into the reach of anyone with a passion and a story they want to tell.
“If you’re interested in this medium you have the technology in your phone to be able to do, something. And one of the other stories there – a Cook Islands’ story – the guy who did that, he just used free animation software on his computer,” Ms Tipene-Opetaia says.
The first screening was at the Mangere Arts Centre on Tuesday – but there’ll be two more – one on November 18 at the Auckland Art Gallery, and on the 23rd at Waitakere’s Te Uru gallery.
Tickets are via Eventfinda
Louisa Tipene Opetaia says the Pollywood, Pasifika Film Festival is increasingly popular as a showcase for Polynesian film making creators.