06-24 November 2019

Festivals & Events

Pacific Showcase

BAYI GARDIYA
BAYI GARDIYA

Thompson CHRISTIAN
Australia
Short film

An ancient riverbed is brought back to life in this extraordinary pairing of song and immersive 3D animation.

CARRIBERRIE
CARRIBERRIE

Dominic ALLEN
Australia
VR project

Experience 60,000 years of Indigenous Australian history through dance, journeying from the Sydney Opera House to traditional ceremonial dances at Uluru, food gathering dances in the rainforest to war songs on the northern tip of the continent.

COLLISIONS
COLLISIONS

Lynette WALLWORTH
Australia
VR project

Nyarri Morgan's first encounter with Western civilisation was an atomic blast. 60 years on, he tells his own story through another cutting-edge technology.

DARK PLACE
DARK PLACE

Kodie BEDFORD, Bjorn STEWART and Liam PHILLIPS
Australia
Feature film

Australian genre cinema takes an exciting leap forward with DARK PLACE, a quintet of tales that approach postcolonial Indigenous history through the lenses of horror and fantasy, all made by filmmakers of Aboriginal origin.

EATING UP EASTER
EATING UP EASTER

Sergio M. RAPU
United States
Feature film

A native Rapanui filmmaker narrates to his son the modern dilemma of their people, descendants of the ancient statue builders, who are working to tackle the consequences of their rapidly developing home.

FOR MY FATHER'S KINGDOM
FOR MY FATHER'S KINGDOM

Vea MAFILE'O and Jeremiah TAUAMITI
New Zealand
Feature film

New Zealand artist Vea Mafile'o investigates why her father, who left Tonga decades ago for New Zealand, still insists on giving nearly everything he earns to the Tongan church, which has bewildered many of his family members.

FUTURE DREAMING
FUTURE DREAMING

SUTU
Australia
VR project

Step into a time warping dream bubble as four young Aboriginal Australians guide you through their futures. Be ready for an intergalactic adventure, but look out for the space emus!

HIFF TALKS: CAPE PITCH WORKSHOP - CRAFTING YOUR PERSONAL STORY
HIFF TALKS: CAPE PITCH WORKSHOP - CRAFTING YOUR PERSONAL STORY


event

Led by CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment), this hands-on, interactive workshop will teach you the tools in crafting an ideal pitch. Very limited seating.

HIFF TALKS: INDIGENOUS PERSPECTIVES
HIFF TALKS: INDIGENOUS PERSPECTIVES


event

Join Indigenous artists from Hawai'i and Australia as they discuss their life, work and creative practice.

HINEKURA
HINEKURA

Arahanga BECS
New Zealand
Short film

On the day she gets her first menses, Hinekura is initiated into adulthood with ceremony and blessings. She’s taken to a wananga where her role within the tribe is revealed to her.

LAST TAXI DANCE
LAST TAXI DANCE

Brayden YODER
United States
Short film

In a ballroom called Paradise, in the aftermath of World War II, a proud Hawaiian singer dances with a returned U.S. soldier and debates the dignity of the American dream. 

LILIU
LILIU

Jeremiah TAUAMITI
New Zealand, Samoa
Short film

Solo, a young Samoan interpreter for the Native Courts in Colonial, New Zealand Samoa, does what he thinks is best for his people, and at times lies as he translates. Unbeknown to Solo, High Chief Nua who is charged with trespass, understands and speaks English. 

MO TE IWI: CARVING FOR THE PEOPLE
MO TE IWI: CARVING FOR THE PEOPLE

Robin GREENBERG
New Zealand
Feature film

At 82, Rangi Hetet is one of the last traditional Māori carvers alive today in an era that straddled the ways of the old tohunga whakairo (master carvers) and those of the modern world.

OUR ATOLL SPEAKS: KO TALATALA MAI TO MATOU WENUA
OUR ATOLL SPEAKS: KO TALATALA MAI TO MATOU WENUA

Gemma CUBERO DEL BARRIO
United States, Cook Islands
Short film

Our Atoll Speaks (Ko Talatala Mai Tō Mātou Wenua) Enter the breathtaking atoll of Pukapuka/Nassau in this communal film -poem and discover the environmental wisdom of our ancestors.

POWER MERI
POWER MERI

Joanna LESTER
Australia, Papua New Guinea
Feature film

POWER MERI follows Papua New Guinea’s first national women’s rugby league team on their journey to the 2017 World Cup in Australia, fighting intense sexism, lack of funding, and national prejudice along the way.

REVERENCE
REVERENCE

Keliʻi GRACE
United States
Short film

In ancient Hawaiʻi, a warrior was entrusted with the sacred act of hiding his beloved chief’s bones. To ensure they would never be found, he traveled in secret…

TA MOKO - BEHIND THE TATTOOED FACE
TA MOKO - BEHIND THE TATTOOED FACE

Mick ANDREWS and David ATKINSON
New Zealand
Short film

Maori face tattoo, or tā moko, is a tradition that was nearly lost through colonization. Bernard and Sapphire are passionate about seeing Maori communities heal, unite and look to a positive future in Aotearoa/New Zealand. 

TEETH
TEETH

Aaron SCHNOBRICH
United States
Short film

Teeth is an intimate portrait of Hawaiian grandmother Angelica’s recovery from sexual abuse suffered as a child. Her emotional and psychological healing parallels the fixing of knocked out and rotten teeth. In her words, “Three things have replaced my misery, Faith, Hope, and Aloha … and the greatest of these is Aloha”.

THE AUSTRALIAN DREAM
THE AUSTRALIAN DREAM

Daniel GORDON
United Kingdom, Australia
Feature film

When Aboriginal football player Adam Goodes called out someone who called him an ape, he triggered a national debate that brought to the surface the dark heart of racism beating in contemporary Australia.

THE TREE AND THE PIROGUE
THE TREE AND THE PIROGUE

Sébastien MARQUES
France
Short film

The life of a Melanesian tribe is disrupted by the progressive arrival of modernity. Iabe, a young Melanesian, finds this change very hard to cope with and gets lost between his traditions and this modernity.

VAI
VAI

New Zealand
Feature film

A sequel to WARU, this new omnibus showcases female resilience and the lifetime of one woman, Vai. Highlighting a spectrum of Pacific Islander cultures, the eight chapters of VAI seamlessly flow in a poetic cinematic rhythm.

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