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Samoan film-maker heads to Sundance

07 December 2017

Posted in: Pacific Radio News,

By Ruci Farrell  -

New Zealand-born Samoan film-maker Matilda Poasa is heading to the USA as part of a three-month internship sponsored by AUT University.

The 27-year-old, who'll be attached to the Native American and indigenous film programme at the Sundance Institute in Los Angeles, is passionate about giving voice to minority communities.

Matilda Poasa. Photo/ Supplied.

AUT University's development director Ella Monahan says Poasa will be surrounded by some of the industry's finest film-makers and getting that kind of exposure will be valuable for her future.

"Throughout that time she will be participating in the Sundance Film Festival," she says. "Toiroa Williams, who was an intern at Sundance this year, says working at Sundance is like learning from the All Blacks of the film world."

The Sundance Film Festival will run from January 18 to 28 in Utah.

Sundance Film Festival. Photo/ Filmmaker Magazine.