FIFO 2017: an exceptional jury
Since the beginning, the festival has been fortunate enough to acquire prestigious presidents for the jury such as Hervé Bourges, Laure Adler, Pierre-Henri Deleau, Florence Aubenas, Véronique Cayla, Luc Jacquet, Elie Chouraqui, Greg Germain, Jan Kounen and Abderrahmane Sissako. Over the years the reputation and friendship of these influential people has helped to develop the recognition of the FIFO at a national and international level.
This year, the FIFO has the immense pleasure to welcome as President of the jury, a long time friend of the festival, a man passionate about culture: Mr. Stéphane MARTIN, Chairman of the Quay Branly – Jacques Chirac Museum, Paris.
Stéphane Martin, President of the jury (France)
Currently chairman of the Quai-Branly – Jacques Chirac Museum, Stéphane Martin has worked within the cultural universe since 1989: from the Centre Georges Pompidou to the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, via the Ministry of Culture and French-speaking Cultures.
In 2011, he wrote "Musée du quai Branly – là où dialoguent les cultures" which traces the history of the creation of the Quai-Branly Museum (Collection Discoveries Gallimard Series No. 574, Culture and society ).
Member of the FIFO Jury on four occasions, his experience of our festival and his knowledge of Pacific island cultures makes him an exceptional president for the 14th FIFO.
Stéphane Martin will be accompanied by 6 other jury members also very implicated in Oceanian cultures and audiovisual.
Michel KOPS (France)
A journalist by training, in 1970 Michel Kops joined ORTF (Office de Radiodiffusion-Télévision Française). In 1977, he managed a communication consultancy, joining the management of France 3 Television in 1999. In 2005, after a period with France Television in mainland France he became regional director of RFO Polynésie which was the first regional channel in the France TV group to become all-digital. As Overseas General Manager for digital France TV, from 2010 to 2012, assisted by national and regional teams he orchestrated the deployment of the TNT overseas. Director of the overseas France TV network from 2013, he took his well-deserved retirement in May 2016.
Sacha Wolff (New Caledonia)
Graduate of La Fémis School, Sacha Wolff produced Mercenaire in 2016. The film was awarded the Europa Cinema prize at the Quinzaine des réalisateurs in Cannes, the screenplay prize at the Festival d’Angoulême and the Public’s prize at Festival de la Foa. Mercenary has been selected by many international festivals (Melbourne, Auckland, London, Palm Springs, Turin...). Sacha Wolff also engages in documentary work that provides food for thought to his fictional works.
Haunui Royal (New Zealand)
Now the Director of programming for Māori Television in New Zealand, it was in 1985 that he directed his first documentary, Someone else’s children, about unemployment in New Zealand. He then worked for TVNZ and other major TV networks as a producer of children's programs. From 1993 to 2008, he wrote, directed and produced numerous documentaries spotlighting the Māoris and their culture, their issues and the challenges that confront this indigenous people.
In 2003, he participated in the implementation of Māori Television, in particular its International productions department, but continued his work as an independent producer before joining Māori Television in 2008 where he is Program Director. Māori Television digital has now digital channels presenting programs exclusively in the māori language.
Lisette Marie Flanary (Hawaii)
Associate Professor of "Native / Indigenous Creative Media" at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, Lisette Marie Flanary dedicates her teaching to the cultural perspectives and values of the indigenous peoples of Hawaii and the Pacific. In 2016, she received the "Board of Regents Medal of excellence" which rewards excellence in teaching and education.
Filmmaker and hula dancer, Lisette is the Author, Director and Producer of the Lehua Film Company. She distinguishes herself in the production of documentaries highlighting the renaissance of the Hula and Hawaiian culture (American Aloha: Hula Beyond Hawaiʻi, Nā Kamalei: The Men Of Hula, and One Voice.) She is currently preparing the 3rd and final part of her hula trilogy, HULA TOKYO which deals with the growing popularity of the Hula in Japan.
Heia Parau (French Polynesia)
Having worked for many years as a TV and Radio journalist, for Polynésie 1ère, Heia Parau is well known to Polynesian broadcasting. Specialising in political journalism she was a Tahitian and French bilingual news presenter for over 15 years. Head of Communication for Polynésie 1ère for 10 years, she is now head of Polynésie 1ère’s audiovisual heritage department.
Chantal T. Spitz (French Polynesia)
A writer committed to her people, her land, her identity, she combats colonialism – original or modern, discrimination and stereotypes, in love with Oceania, she travels it to meet family and friends.
In 1991 Chantal T. Spitz produced a first French-language Tahitian novel, The Island Of Shattered Dreams, published by Éditions de la plage (re-released by Au Vent des îles). In 2002 Hombo, transcription d’une biographie published by Au Vent des îles, then in 2006, Pensées insolentes et inutiles published by Éditions Te Ite. In 2011 she publishes Elles, Terre d’Enfance, roman à deux encres and then Cartes postales in 2015 published by Au Vent des îles.
In 2016, she was awarded the “Popai 2016” first prize in the category "Pacific literature" at the Salon International du Livre Océanien – SILO 2016 book fair in New Caledonia for her literary work, pioneering and participatory of Oceanian thinking.