HIFF offers free youth education screenings of outstanding films that are rarely available in Hawai’i to schools providing a resource of filmmaking and storytelling to the local community. We encourage teachers to incorporate these films into their classes. Whenever possible, HIFF invites the film’s director to participate in a post-screening discussion with students.
As we partner with organizations like the Daniel K. Inouye Institute, we work to build a better future by working with students and young filmmakers who have a powerful voice to reimagine a new world. Each year this contest has a new theme. Student finalists selected to showcase at HIFF will also have the opportunity to meet a celebrity youth ambassador in a private Q&A discussion and Awards Ceremony. Past guests include actors Phillipa Soo, Jacob Batalon, and Harry Shum, Jr.
DISTANCE TURNING: FEATURED STUDENT SHORT
Students at H.P. Baldwin High School on Maui in Ms. Roy’s film class created this short film over Google Classroom during HIFF 40’s Guest Filmmaker Program session featuring Native Hawaiian Director ‘Aina Paikai.