‘Dame Valerie Adams: MORE THAN GOLD’ Takes Home the Gold

Dame Valerie Adams: MORE THAN GOLD, edited by Margot Francis (DEGANZ) and produced by Leanne Pooley (DEGANZ), made its mark at the International Oceanian Documentary Film Festival (FIFO) in Tahiti earlier this month. The feature documentary won the 1st Special Jury and the Youth Jury Awards, winning a total of 700,000 XPF (about NZ$10,000).

When commenting on this year’s Youth Jury Award, the jury said,

Dame Valérie Adams: MORE THAN GOLD was the [last film we saw] and it was the big slap. We had shivers when we left. The choice was not easy but in the end it was obvious because Valérie Adams is a source of inspiration, an example for us young people to follow. It motivates us to have a more positive outlook on the future obstacles that we will encounter in our lives.

Emotions were high when director Briar March received the award during the festival’s closing ceremony. She was moved by how much Valerie and the film touched the jury.

The award-winning documentary is also now available to watch online here.

Congratulations to Margot, Leanne, and the rest of the team!

Last updated on 2 March 2023