34 schools to take part in 13th Kula Awards

Teachers and students during the Kula Film Awards launch at the GPH in Suva last Friday. Picture :ATU RASEA

Teachers and students during the Kula Film Awards launch at the GPH in Suva. Picture : FILE

A record number of schools will take part in the 13th Kula Awards this year.

Film Fiji chief executive officer Dallas Foon said this year’s awards would be run in three streams of creative arts competition — film, dance and art. The 13th Kula Awards was launched at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva on Friday.

“This year 34 schools will take part in the film category, 20 schools in the dance category and 30 in the art category.

“Kula Awards is a good base for the next generation of crew and film-makers,” Mr Foon said.

He said for the first time this year, amateur film-makers could also participate in an open category.

He said cinematography training had begun for schools in the Northern Division, and the trainings would soon move to schools in the Western and Central divisions.

Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Koya said the awards provided a great avenue for students to express their creativity.

“The Fijian Government sees the development of the country’s audiovisual industry and nurturing of local creative talent as a win-win,” Mr Koya said.

“It both allows students to do what they love and it will help continue to expand the Fijian economy in innovative ways.”