Pasifika Film Fest is looking for 8 aspiring Pacific filmmakers to participate in our 48 Hour Film challenge as part of PFF 2018 in Sydney. The 48 Hour Film Challenge is brought to you in conjunction with Information and Cultural Exchange; and Australian Film Television and Radio School and includes a 1 Day work shop presented by established filmmakers of Pacific Heritage who will also mentor the teams through out the challenge process.

Selected filmmakers will come together to brainstorm scripts that centre around a theme that will have been sent to them 24 hours before. Participants will be required to pitch their ideas to experienced filmmakers.

Once script and concept is completed, groups will be given the opportunity to go off and create their project from pre to post-production, using equipment and editing suites made available by Information and Cultural Exchange.

Filmmakers will be given 48 hours to do this. Completed films will be screened as part of PFF 2018 in Sydney.

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 2018.

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