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KALOLAINE FAINU, Founding Director 

Kalo Fainu was the founder of the inaugural Pasifika Film & Arts Festival in 2013. 


Favourite film “I’ve always loved Quentin Tarantino. Pulp Fiction is one of my faves. I also can’t go past childhood classics like Neverending Story, ET and Lean on Me. I clearly remember the first time I watched Once Were Warriors in the cinemas when I was about 15 – wow!”


Kalo has a love for all things Pasifika and says “the film festival is a way to share and celebrate the wonderful and unique Pasifika stories that have been created or captured by Pasifika people.”


Island roots Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Samoa.


Eliorah met Kalo while both were the only Pacific Islanders in their Masters program at University of Technology, Sydney. After being mistaken for Kalo one too many times, Eliorah connected with her and they worked together on a student film. Eliorah was part of the 2013 Pasifika Film & Arts Festival team.


Favourite film The Harry Potter Series


As an employee of Australia Council for the Arts, Eliorah has handled many projects, her favourite probably being Festival Coordinator for the Indigenous Australian delegation to the 2012 Festival of Pacific Arts in the Solomon Islands.


Island roots Samoa.

Join our Team

Would you love to be part of the Pasifika Film Fest team?  Have you got skills and a drive to help further develop and bring forth a strong and sustainable future for the unique storytelling platform for storytellers from across Oceania?

Our team is small, but dedicated.  Our drive is our passion to see Pacific stories represented more in the mainstream and to help develop emerging talent in Pacific communities across the globe.

Currently our team works voluntarily, but we are working towards developing stronger partnerships and securing larger funding grants that will allow us to create a sustainable business that can put our small team on a payroll.

Recently PFF was awarded a grant from the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade DFAT which has supported us to be able to expand the festival format, travel to other festivals across the Pacific, build our networks and to fund workshops for young Pacific filmmakers.  PFF is certainly on the rise and our future looks bright!

So if you see the potential in PFF's bright future, please get in contact with our team by sending an email a copy of your CV and a brief cover letter describing the skills and experience you have and why you would like to be part of our team.

Pasifika Film Fest also recruits volunteers every festival season to help out and be hands on during the festival, gaining valuable experience and also getting access to the many perks of volunteering (Free films, PFF tee's and access to our events!).

The happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others.


- Gordon B. Hinckley

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