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Desmond wins Fiji Airways art awards

18-year old Desmond Makubuna of Marist Brothers High School took out the top honours at the Fiji Airways Art Awards, held as part of the 2016 Film Fiji Kula Awards. Makubuna, whose winning piece of art was titled ‘Striving for Greatness’ will receive $1,000 cash for himself and $1,500 for his school. Makubuna said it […]

Salote Qalubau

August 1, 2016 9:26 am

18-year old Desmond Makubuna of Marist Brothers High School took out the top honours at the Fiji Airways Art Awards, held as part of the 2016 Film Fiji Kula Awards.

18-year old Desmond Makubuna of Marist Brothers High School.
18-year old Desmond Makubuna of Marist Brothers High School. (Fiji Airways)

Makubuna, whose winning piece of art was titled ‘Striving for Greatness’ will receive $1,000 cash for himself and $1,500 for his school.

Makubuna said it took him three afternoons to complete his winning piece.

MAKUBUNA: “This is my last year at Marist and I wanted to give back to the school, so I decided to enter the Fiji Airways Art Competition. It’s really good and I encourage all students who have the passion for art to enter for the awards next year.”

Makubuna said he will use his $1,000 prize money for his tertiary studies next year, as he pursues a qualification in IT and Computer Science.

The runner-up prize of $500 was awarded to Donna Chen of Xavier College for her piece titled ‘Limitless’.

Swami Vivekananda College’s Lomani Rova took out the Most Popular Art which was contested through the Fiji Airways Facebook page. Her work titled ‘Vakatevutaba’ (Spread Your Wings and Fly’) polled 1104 of the 5200 total votes cast for the top nine art pieces. She will receive $500 cash as her prize.

Two consolation prizes were also awarded for the art awards. These went to Tushaal Kumar and Peni Senikuraciri of Suva Christian Community High School.

Industry, Trade and Tourism Minister Faiyaz Siddiq Koya was the chief guest at the Kula Film and Arts Awards at the Suva Civic Centre.

He commended Film Fiji chief executive officer Mr Dallas Foon and chairperson Shaenaz Voss for their tremendous effort in recognising and promoting not only young talents, but Fiji as a whole in terms of being a major film-making destination.

In his address, Mr Koya said one of the most inspiring things for the Fiji Government was to see the younger generation of Fijians showcase their talents.

Mr Koya said Government was always inspired to see young talented Fijians showcasing their talents and they would continue to support such programs.

KOYA: “We will continue to support Kula program and the younger generations talents to the younger generation continue doing what you are doing and hopefully you will be one of a Spielberg of Fiji or one of the greatest actors in the world.”

Korovuto College dominated the Kula Film Awards scooping eight of the 11 awards.

The school won:

  • best script
  • best costume make-up
  • best actor
  • best director
  • best picture award
  • best cinematography
  • best supporting actor award.

Two-time winners Xavier College managed to defend their title in the 2016 Fijian Made Kula Dance Competition last night,  scooping the coveted title of Best Dance Group out of the 13 schools participating.

2016 Fijian Made dancing competition winners, Xavier College with the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum last night. (Fijian Government)
2016 Fijian Made dancing competition winners, Xavier College with the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum last night. (Fijian Government)

The competition took place at the FMF Gymnasium last night with family members turning up in numbers to support their loved ones participating in the event.

Film Fiji Chief Executive Officer Dallas Foon said the event was a success and achieved the target set which helped students showcase their talents.

Film Fiji CEO, Dallas Foon while speaking at the event last night. (Fijian Government)
Film Fiji CEO, Dallas Foon while speaking at the event last night. (Fijian Government)

FOON: “It went very well and  achieved all its purposes, the organizers and sponsors were very happy with the  turnout and most importantly we’re very happy with the quality of the  performances that occurred last night and without all the support of the schools and the Ministry of Education and our sponsors we couldn’t have held an event of high quality.”

Officiating the event as chief guest was the Attorney-General Aiyaz-Sayed-Khaiyum.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said students taking part in the event served as examples to other children who had witnessed the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston in terms of  maintaining a positive mindset.

SAYED-KHAIYUM: “You are showing the rest of Fiji that despite the devastating cyclone that hit our country few months ago, we are still moving forward.”

He added that the competition was an avenue to pay tribute to Fiji’s diverse pool of talented individuals and recognizing these talents on a national platform.

The winners are as follows:

  • 1st Runner Up – Khalsa College
  • 2nd Runner Up – Korovuto College
  • Best Female Dancer – Ruhi Prasad of Xavier College
  • Best Male Dancer – Sekove Tuni of Lami High School
  • Most Popular Dance Group – Khalsa College
  • Judges Commendation Award – Sigatoka Special School
  • Chairperson’s Encouragement Award – Suva Special School

Meanwhile, Film Fiji CEO Dallas Foon said the Kula Film and Art Awards will take place tonight at 7pm at the Suva Civic Centre.

FOON: “Tonight is the Film night and Art competition and because of the development training that they have been through we have found that the standard of the competition is far greater and better than the quality of the entrance improved every year which is what we are very excited about and Film Fiji’s purpose is to develop local talent.”

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