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2019 ACDGP grantees

Pasifika Film Fest 2019 – 2020

The Pasifika Film Fest showcases Pacific storytelling through film while encouraging Pasifika writers, directors and actors to explore links to their culture. The 2020 Fest will engage the Pacific region through innovative filmmaking and storytelling projects, networking and industry building opportunities.

Group photo of four islander woman.
Pasifika Film Fest Director's Kalolaine Fainu and Eliorah Malifa travelled to Solomon Islands in October 2019 to be part of the inaugural Native Lens Film Festival - the first of its kind in the tiny Pacific Island nation. Photo by Eliorah Malifa.

Sector: Film and filmmaking

Grantee: Bully Beef Promotions

Project description

Pasifika Film Fest was first held in 2013 from a repurposed factory in Sydney’s inner west and has since grown year on year bringing Pacific stories to big screens around Australia and New Zealand. PFF are now ready to launch into the next phase of their long term vision to reach more people from Pacific communities across Oceania and beyond. In 2019 they toured to Solomon Islands, and in the year ahead plan to visit PNG, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu.

In 2018 PFF produced its first ever 48 Hour Film Challenge, providing support for ten emerging Pacific filmmakers through workshops and mentorship, free equipment and venue hire. The challenge resulted in two short films written, directed and produced entirely by Pacific filmmakers working with a Pacific only cast. In 2019 and 2020, PFF have repeated the challenge in Solomon Islands and have plans for other Pacific communities.

This project will create opportunities for Pacific filmmakers through skill transfer workshops, access to mentors, peers and industry contacts, as well as showing film content across the region and in Australia.

Project start-end dates: December 2019 – November 2020

Country: Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu, United States of America

Total project value: $48,000

Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grant: $48,000

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