As we get ready for the 5th edition of the Nuku’alofa Film Festival, we are excited to finally be old enough to start school this year! Party time! This edition will be bigger and better than ever -and we are EXCITED! We hope to gather many friends from all over Moana and the world to celebrate with us -this is how we see filmmakers who share their stories with us in Tonga.

This year, we will be screening two important long features by our Pasifika people on top of our regular short movie nights. We cannot wait to share these movies, with the filmmakers in attendance. In their honour, we invite filmmakers to share stories of caring for the community, the sea and the land. Let us in Tonga face the struggles and the actions you engage with. Let us see the good, and the hardship. Let us see your reality, our reality as you retell it.

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The NFF was initiated in October 2015 to show publicly and for free 3 short movies, retelling of Tongan and Samoan myths, and a short documentary, all made locally. Free and open to all, it attracted approximately 300 viewers.

This encouraged us to make it an annual event, encouraging local film-making and storytelling, in spite of a restricted access to technical training and equipment, and sharing of other Pacific stories told on screen.
With no restriction on genre (fiction, documentary… just no music videos), theme (contemporary issues, romance, horror…) or process (video, animation, stop action…), creativity is the key element –and typically not something lacking among the Tongans.

We also seek to share stories from the Pacific region and its peoples, and stories relating to them, their cultures and challenges with the local communities, in an effort to engage and inspire our audiences.

Any entry under 30 minutes of duration from the Pacific or Pacific diaspora, or relating to realities met /challenges faced in the Pacific region, and especially engaging in culture or society discussion as well as climate change, are welcome.


Email us for a chance to inquire about discounts and fee waivers. Let's talk!

We aim to maintain the "public and open to all" spirit, and therefore all entries must be respectful of Tongan cultural restrictions (no nudity, no intimacy, no unjustified swearing).

If the movie is not in English, subtitles must be provided -even if it is in Tongan.

If selected, entries will be shown at the main event in Nuku'alofa on 7-10 October, and could be taken to outer islands for secondary events, unless specifically forbidden by the director.

Overall Rating
  • Sebastian J. Lowe

    Fantastic communication throughout the whole festival. Unfortunately, I could't make it but appreciated our film being included. Ngā mihi.

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much for your kind words!
    It's been fantastic to share your work, that was such a wonderful sensorial experience on the big screen in the dark. Thank you so much for submitting and contributing to the diversity of Moana stories we can share here in Tonga.

  • jeremy macey

    I didn't attend but great communication from the friendly team. Good work!

    December 2018
  • Isack Hoppitt

    Unfortunately I couldn't attend, but communication was very clear and friendly. The festival's focuses are very important to the realities and needs of our Pacific Islands.

    June 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Isack! We only wish to be able to share more stories from around the ocean. Keep up the great work, and hopefully see you soon!

  • Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu

    As one of very few film festivals in the Pacific Islands, this is an amazing opportunity to screen and view films about this beautiful and culturally rich part of the world. The organizers are doing an amazing job of bringing a rich collection of short and feature films to Tonga, aptly named as the "Friendly Islands." Worth a trip!

    October 2017