Partnership with China’s HNA Tourism Group to boost tourism numbers from China, says Govt

Vanuatu Government and HNA Tourism signs strategic partnership. Photo: supplied

Vanuatu Government representatives including PM Salwai and FM Leingkon and HNA Tourism Group sign the strategic partnership yesterday. Photo: supplied

Yesterday we reported PM Salwai signing a Strategic Operation Agreement with a Chinese tourism group. This relationship is said to be Read the rest of this entry »


Tanna kastom shines on the Oscars red carpet

Red carpet kastom – directors and cast of Tanna at last night's Academy Awards in Los Angeles, USA. Photo: @tannamovie/Twitter

Red carpet kastom – directors and cast of Tanna at the Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, California USA last night. Photo: @tannamovie/Twitter

Just to have been nominated for an Oscar is still something to celebrate even if Tanna did not win the foreign language film winning category. Iranian film The Salesman has won the category. Nevertheless it generated enough excitement to have a powerful kastom dance from Tanna take over the foyer of the National Convention Centre in Port Vila during live streaming of the Oscars ceremony here yesterday afternoon, where Tanna stars Dain and Wawa were guests of honour. Dain told Len Garae of Daily Post he “never dreamed the movie would make it to Port Vila let alone as far as Hollywood”.

A different kind of Vanuatu matter has also received media coverage in the United States — Read the rest of this entry »

Breaking news: Tanna nominated for Academy Award for best foreign language film

Poster for Academy Award-nominated film Tanna, shot in Vanuatu

In a first for film in Vanuatu and the Pacific islands region, The film Tanna, shot on location in Vanuatu using a local, untrained cast of actors, has been officially nominated for an Oscar for best foreign language film by the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Tanna was co-directed by  Read the rest of this entry »

Stunning short film inspired by Vanuatu melds poetry, cinema and message of kindness

‘My Son’, a new short film inspired by and filmed in Vanuatu, is a moving note from a mother to her unborn child. It mixes poetry with amazing imagery shot (mostly) on location in Vanuatu – and carries with it a strong message of tolerance, humanity and kindness.

Directed and co-produced by Germain Lalot and written and co-produced by Claire Endress, with a voiceover in english and french captions. Enjoy it on Vimeo.

Tanna movie cast arrives in NYC for US premiere; People evicted from Tanoliu claim not to be squatters

The cast of Tanna do so sightseeing in New York City, accompanied by a street performer. Photo: Tanna Movie

Cast members of the film Tanna go sightseeing in New York City’s Times Square, accompanied by a street performer. Photo: Tanna Movie

The people removed from land near Tanoliu last week claim they are not squatters. In today’s Daily Post, 67-year old Frank Ismael explains how he and his family moved there at the request of Read the rest of this entry »

Hearings into Vanuatu National Provident Fund investments to be open to the public

VNPF Building , Port Vila. Photo: Jean Van Jean

VNPF Building , Port Vila. Photo: Jean Van Jean

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VIDEO: ‘Hackers’, winner of the 2016 Namatan Short Film Festival

For your viewing pleasure: here’s the winning entry of the 2016 Namatan Short Film Festival: Hackers, a humorous look at computer hacking. The film also won People’s Choice Award: