EMPOWERING HAWAI'I'S YOUNG STORYTELLERS

HIFF Education reaches more than 2,000 students across Hawai’i annually through four different programs available to K – 12 students.
HIFF invites filmmakers local and beyond to visit classrooms virtually or in-person to share the craft of filmmaking and storytelling with young students.
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.
An annual open call for any student in Hawai’i with an opened-ended theme. The short film can be a narrative, documentary, animation, or PSA between 1 to 20 minutes.
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.

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