Fraud Film Festival coming to New Zealand

An arts festival with a difference will turn the spotlight on corporate fraud, reports Richard Meadows.

Deloitte associate director of forensic Ian Tuke gets into the spirit of the Dutch film festival.
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Deloitte associate director of forensic Ian Tuke gets into the spirit of the Dutch film festival.

Scammers, fraudsters, liars and cheats are finally getting their moment in the limelight.

The 'Fraud Film Festival' is coming to New Zealand, making this country the first to replicate the popular Dutch event.

The goal of the two-day festival, now in its second year, is to raise awareness of fraud and financial crime in a unique way.

Deloitte associate director of forensic Ian Tuke, who is helping bring the festival to New Zealand, was at this year's event.

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He said a series of documentaries and films were followed by question and answer sessions, led by the Netherlands' top investigative journalists.

The screening of a Lance Armstrong documentary had been followed up with a live interview with Tour de France cheat Michael Rasmussen, for example.

The Dutch event was opened by the Minister of Justice and the Mayor of Amsterdam, with other heavy-hitting participants including the bosses of the stock exchange and tax department.

Tuke said the organisers had generously offered to share their intellectual property with New Zealand.

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"There's a whole stack of other countries lined up internationally."

The local lineup of speakers and films had not yet been determined, but was expected to be composed of similarly prominent players.

"It'll definitely have a New Zealand flavour."

Major public sector bodies such as ACC, Inland Revenue, the Serious Fraud Office, and the Financial Markets Authority have all signed on as partners.

Those from the private sector include Deloitte, Meredith Connell, Aura Information Security, ASB Bank and Omega Investigations, with more to come.

The local event is expected to include the presentation of a Counter-fraud Award, to an individual or organisation that has demonstrated a commitment to fighting financial crime.

There will also be a drive to produce New Zealand-specific film content.

"What the Dutch did- and we're looking to do the same- is offer a prize to people in media studies courses to write short film scripts for a fraud documentary or movie," Tuke said.

"The winner will have that produced the following year."

The first day of the Dutch event catered to senior figures from the private and public sector, while the second day was open to the general public.

The festival will run in November next year, to coincide with NZ Fraud Awareness week.

 - Stuff

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