Pasifika Film Fest has just closed out a successful 2018 season in Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra. We were extremely privileged to be able to showcase quality films such as Leiti’s in Waiting (Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson, Hina Wong Kalu), Power Meri (Joanna Lester) and Out of State (Ciara Lacey). Thank you to our screening partners, Casula Powerhouse, Brisbane Multicultural Centre and National Film & Sound Archive. Through the support of these venues Pasifika Film Fest was able to present Pacific stories in our own way, which we cannot be more thankful for.

Thank you also to Information and Cultural Exchange in Parramatta and the Australian Film, Television and Radio School for their part in the facilitation of the first ever Pasifika Film Fest 48 Hour Film Challenge, which took place between September 12 to 14 in Sydney. Through the 48 Hour Film Challenge we were able to produce 2 more short films from purely Pacific film crews and create more networks of Pacific filmmakers along the way.

We thank our financial supporters at the United States Embassy and the New Zealand High Commission in Canberra for their financial support of PFF in 2018. We look forward to future PFF’s and possible partnerships.

Lastly thank you to supporters who attended Pasifika Film Fest in Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra. Your attendance is invaluable and we hope that we can grow this community of Pacific filmgoers as the film festival continues on.

A still from Joanna Lester’s film ‘Power Meri’ which also just premiered at Papua New Guinea Human Rights Film Fest.

“Filmmaking is not about the tiny details It’s about the big picture.”

– Ed Wood