2018 marks the fourth year of the Nuku’alofa Film Festival in Tonga and submissions are now open for international submissions to the festival.

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 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.

This year, for the first time we wish to introduce a focus for one of the night: climate change and natural disasters. Cyclone Gita has deeply affected our nation earlier this year, and we wish to bring more awareness and related stories to the big screen for our people.

If selected, entries will be shown at the main event in Nuku’alofa on 17-19 October, and could be taken to outer islands for secondary events, unless specifically requested by the director.