PFF is going global in 2020!

By submitting to Pasifika Film Fest in 2020, your film with have the opportunity to reach even more communities across Oceania with PFF's new 'Island Hop' Festival format.

2019 has seen a wave of Pacific film produced and screened around the world and so our focus for 2020 is to lay the foundation for these films to be accessible to their own communities as well as others throughout the islands, and by doing so, inspire further production of local content and an allied sense of pride and purpose for all Pacific nations.

In 2020, our objective is to extend our outreach and impact by producing a festival that screens films across Oceania during the month of October, thus increasing engagement with film in the region and sharing more Pasifika stories with more people.

The structure of the 2020 festival will be a diverse program of Pacific films screening for the duration of October across multiple Pacific Island nations, hosted by a local venue or venues.

Pasifika Film Fest (PFF) was created with the intention of providing a platform for a diverse community of Pacific filmmakers to have their work screened more extensively on the festival circuit and to encourage our writers, directors and actors to tell their unique and complex Pasifika stories; utilising both the power and beauty of our culture and the intricacies surrounding contemporary issues. PFF is also dedicated to nurturing and supporting budding Pasifika filmmakers, as well as being committed to showcasing our films to Pacific and non-Pacific communities alike.


Pasifika Film Fest programmes film, video, digital & interactive media artworks works made by international artists (directors, producers, screenwriters, designers) of Pacific heritage and of all levels of experience. In programming work for the Festival, PFF strives to represent a diversity of ideas, themes, and genres, in addition to a diversity of Pacific Islander languages, nations, and cultures.

Pasifika Film Fest’s priority and focus is to present media artworks that reflect the artistic vision of a person of Pacific Islander heritage while also providing a space for the artist to have their work presented to the public. Pasifika Film Fest only considers works that meet the following criteria:

For Film & Video Works:

The director, producer or screenwriter is of Pacific heritage;
If the director, producer or screenwriter is not of Pacific heritage, then joint creative positions (co-director, co-writer, co-producer) may also be considered with detailed submission requirements for creative role and decision-making involvement.


A premiere status of any kind is not a requirement, but may be a consideration. Due to submission volumes and the limitation of screening slots, Programmers may choose to prioritise a work by an Pacific Islander filmmaker that has not yet had the opportunity of a public presentation at another festival or via other media.

All films must be in English or have English subtitles. Pasifika Film Fest prefers films that have not been broadcast or made available for download in Australia, New Zealand or the USA.

Electronic submissions must be made through Pasifika Film Fest’s, FilmFreeway page. See below for the rules and conditions surrounding submission to Pasifika Film Fest 2020.

Overall Rating
  • Carmen Smith

    The Pasifika Film Fest 48 Hours of Film Challenge was a great experience for me. I was able to connect with fellow Pacific Islander filmmakers and create a film that we could identify with. The mentors were excellent and really gave my team and me useful advice and wisdom. I'll take the skills and connections I acquired on this challenge with me into future productions. Totally worth applying for!

    October 2018
  • John Antonelli

    This is a smaller festival that runs over a long weekend but also travels to other Australian cities after Sydney. The films focus on Australian Aboriginal and Pacific Islander cultures of the South Pacific. The films range from full length highly polished, well funded independent documentaries aimed at television distribution to short films that are strong student efforts or beautifully articulated personal statements that have an insider’s perspective. Even the 48 hour challenge films were very good. The setting, Casula Powerhouse Art Center is a beautiful venue that includes wonderful art galleries and an excellent artsy restaurant. It’s just outside Sydney but easily accessible on the city’s train system. The festival organizers and film curators are gracious hosts and skilled programmers. An opening night party featured local music and dance performance and native food samplings. There was solid community interaction in the post film discussion even though the attendance wasn’t as good as the event deserved. I highly recommend this festival for anyone interested in Australian Aboriginal and Pacific Islander cultures.

    September 2018