The Aroha Film Festival is a colourful explosion of talent and Takatāpui! This South Pacific festival explores LGBT themes and the queer lives of 2 Spirit native people of colour.

We are looking for experimental web series, short films and music videos that bring innovation, experimentation, laughter and tears in developing a ‘beautiful’ series of “moments on screen”.

We are in particular looking for short film works whose principal creators are tackling issues of suicide, bullying and hate.

Rangatahi Youth, Faf Swag Afro Punks, Queer Natives and Diva Trans Lives on Screen!

All at Aroha Film Festival 2017!

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Check out our first festival back in 2015:

This is a non-competitive film festival. Entries will be curated into two short film collections:

- Aotearoa / Maori / Pasifika
- World 2 Spirit

Aroha Film Festival is a non-competitive film festival that aims to uplift the lives of LGBT 2 Spirit Takatapui and Fa'afafine people of colour. We are looking for short films, experimental works, web series and music videos to present to discerning audiences in the colourful metropolis of Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, New Zealand.

This is the second iteration of our festival and our first with a call for entries component. We are excited to discover new talent around the world.

Overall Rating
  • It was amazing to be a part of this great festival that is open to insependent filmmakers. I hope i can participate in the next one too!

    February 2017
  • Sinead Keogh

    A really beautiful and professional festival that takes film very seiously and promotes their artists. Very diverse.

    February 2017