New Pacific Islander Filmmakers EMERGE

Pacific Stories started as an idea about one year ago. Classes have been running for over 6 months now! It seems like yesterday. Participants have learnt about all aspects of filmmaking, written and directed their own films,crewed on each others films and spent hours perched in front of a computer editing. As the BIG screening night approaches, we are preparing a DVD, making decorations, and organising food and entertainment.

The Pacific Stories project has been one amazing journey and participants have done a fantastic job. We can’t wait to share the results with you!! Click on the screening link to book your place for the World Premiere on June 25 at Footscray Community Arts Centre as part of MAV’s Emerge Festival.

And in the meantime check out an article on Pacific Stories in THE AGE newspaper this Sat 11 June in the life and style section.

See you there!

Amie Batalibasi
Pacific Stories Co-Facilitator


On the home straight…

We have had our heads buried in computers lately – check out the photos! Editing is such a time consuming part of the filmmaking process but participants are well on the way. We thank the Moondani Balluk Indigenous Unit at Victoria University for editing facilities support.

So the end is near after hours of digitizing, cutting, trimming, sub-titling and adjusting.  But once these Pacific Stories films are edited and a DVD is made, we know that it’s really just the beginning.  Our World Premiere Pacific Stories Screening event is scheduled for June 25 in Melbourne (Bookings now closed) – a unique Pacific style event sure to warm your winter blues; and we have had an idea to tour the program of films (providing we can get some funding). Please let us know if you would like to host a Pacific Stories Screening event in your area – we know already from Facebook discussions that some PI crew in Sydney are keen.

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We have also been busy promoting our screening as part of Multicultural Arts Victoria’s Emerge Festival and today Lia, John and I participated in an interview for the Age newspaper! We will let you know when the article is out. And so we are continuing to spread Pacific Stories as far and wide as possible and we look forward to sharing them with you soon! Tagio Tumas,

Amie Batalibasi