THE Fiji National University (FNU) Film Festival is a much-awaited event for people in the north because it gives them an opportunity to watch quality films, says divisional education officer Northern Mere Fisher.
Mrs Fisher said such quality films were something the northerners never had the chance to experience in the past.
She made the comment at the launch of the festival screening in Labasa on Friday.
"This is history for us in the north. All entertainment that had come our way were accompanied with levies but this free-of-charge festival is well received by the communities in babasiga," she said.
"For our youths, experiencing these types of entertainment will boost their morale, educate them with skills they never knew, impart some diverse knowledge that will build them up and also stimulate discussions to share ideas and explore possibilities of making new films."
Mrs Fisher said it was a feast for the soul and a stimulus for the mind.
"The viewing of these films will also be a source of career for some of our prospective young talented youths and a way of relieving stress and relaxation to the working people.
"The Fiji Film Festival will feature a range of diverse international and local film including French, Russian, Middle Eastern films, Bollywood blockbusters and Bengali classics as well.
"These films will feature in cinemas all over the country and for us in Labasa, it will be in the FNU campus this month and the best part about it all is the admission is free and will be on a first-come-first-serve basis."