Sona Festival

A week that features and celebrates African Australian creatives, stories, arts, and culture.

Festival objectives are:

Showcase and celebrate African Australian stories.

Bring African Australian stories to visibility.

Encourage more African Australia creative voices.

Share our stories with the rest of the Australians.

Film Festival

On the screen…

An event that showcases African short films from both home and overseas. Have you got a short film?

Theatre Performance

In the flesh…

Theatre performances to highlight rich stories with a live theatre audience. To be a part of this opportunity, get in touch with us.

Art Exhibition


Showcasing incredible multi-modal African arts. Get in touch with us.

African Networking Australian


African-Australians come together; providing opportunity for networking, resourcing and future collaboration. Register for the event, below.

The Annual Sona Film Festival celebrates twofold – films and arts that promote African culture, and, through addressing issues that affect Africa and the lives of people with African descent.

Register Your Interest Here

Rules & Terms

Submitted films must meet any of the following criteria:

  • Films that promote African culture
  • Films about African history, leaders, or landmarks
  • Films that address issues affecting Africa or Africans
  • Films that feature Africans in lead or supporting role
  • Films made by filmmakers of African descent

All film entries must be received by the late deadline selected by Sona judging panel through filmFreeway.

Awards and Accolades

  • Best Narrative Short
  • Best Documentary Feature
  • Best Documentary Short
  • Best Animated Feature
  • Best Animated Short
  • Best Director
  • Best Actor
  • Best Actress
  • Best Screenplay
  • Best Costume
  • Best Young Talent
  • Best Emerging Filmmaker
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Soundtrack
  • Best Indigenous Film
  • ROOTFLIX Viewers Choice
  • Founder’s Best Story
  • Best Artist