HIFf's inaugural 'Ōpio fest

Make plans to join us at ‘Ōpio Fest, HIFF’s inaugural youth film festival, on April 5-7, 2024 in Honolulu! ‘Ōpio Fest is dedicated to showcasing and celebrating short films made by Hawai’i’s young filmmakers. Check back for the full program and official announcements!

At ‘Ōpio Fest, there are opportunities for students to meet some of their favorite film professionals who have forged exemplary Hollywood careers, as they impart career advice and their own personal journeys as filmmakers to Hawai‘i’s future filmmaking professionals. Past dignitaries were Harry Shum, Jr. (GLEE, CRAZY RICH ASIANS), Jacob Batalon (SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME), Phillipa Soo (HAMILTON), Destin Daniel Cretton (director, SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS), Peyton Elizabeth Lee (DOOGIE KAMEALOHA, M.D.), and Auli‘i Cravalho (MOANA, THE POWER, MEAN GIRLS). 

HIFF’s student screenings were previously held during the annual Hawai’i International Film Festival presented by Halekulani, and has grown to be a crowd favorite. We encourage student filmmakers (K-12th grade) in Hawai’i to submit works from any genre in the Student Showcase category and to submit short narratives/documentaries to the theme of “Hawai’i’s Youth Leading By Example” in the Future Filmmakers category (6th-12th grade). Learn more and submit a film at: https://filmfreeway.com/HIFFOpioFest 

HIFf Education

HIFF’s Education Programs reach more than 10,000 students across Hawai’i annually through free community programs available to K-12 schools, including student showcases and film competitions, in-theater and online screenings, hybrid workshops and guest filmmakers speaking in classrooms. The 2024 HIFF Education Fall guide will be posted in August. Until then, check out our 2023 Guide below. For any questions, please email [email protected]


Kosasa Foundation


Daniel K. Inouye Institute