Hollywood in the Pacific: Sustainable film and television industry in the Pacific

Event details

PhD Students' Thesis Proposal Reviews

Date & time

Friday 26 October 2018


Hedley Bull Theatre 2, Hedley Bull Centre (130), Garran Road, ANU
ANU Canberra


Eliorah Malifa



In 2016, the Pacific Community (formerly Secretariat of the Pacific Community or SPC), with funding from the Commonwealth Foundation released a scoping report entitled ‘Cinema Pasifika: Developing the narrative film and television sector in the Pacific’. The purpose of the report was to outline how SPC could work with relevant stakeholders to support the development of a narrative film and television industry in the Pacific. This report and its findings were discussed at the 2016 meeting of the Council of Pacific Arts and Culture (CPAC) at the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture (formerly Festival of Pacific Arts and Pacific Arts Festival) (FestPAC) in Guam. The recommendations in the report were based on the below findings:

Greatest asset: The Pacific Island region is rich in unique stories and it also possesses much of the raw talent needed to transform these stories into commercially viable film and television products.

Biggest gap: There is currently almost no awareness of the need to invest time and resources in creating commercially viable products that will appeal to a widerpaying audience at a national, regional and international level.

Greatest need: In order to have any chance of developing the narrative film and television sector in the Pacific, there is an urgent need to develop a regional body or association that can effectively represent the needs and goals of its collective membership.

In this presentation, Eliorah will introduce her doctoral research which proposes to explore the barriers and enablers for Pacific filmmakers in the region. The study seeks to gain a better understanding of the contemporary status of film-making in the Pacific, available film-making infrastructure, and the potential capacity to develop a workforce to support and sustain a film industry.

About the Speaker

Eliorah Malifa is co-Director of Pasifika Film Fest and current Director of Colourfest. Her focus is on film and creative industries in the Pacific. She also holds a Master of Media Arts and Production from the University of Technology, Sydney; and a Bachelor Arts (Hons) in English Literature with a focus on the Pacific, from Victoria University of Wellington. Previously, Eliorah has worked in arts production, coordinating the Australian delegation to the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts. Eliorah is the Australian representative to Pacific Islanders in Film and Television

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