HIFF Education reaches 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, workshops and guest filmmakers speaking in classrooms.

As we partner with organizations like the Daniel K. Inouye Institute and Ted Stevens Foundation, we work to build a better future by working with students who have a powerful voice to reimagine a new world. Each year this contest has a new theme. Finalists selected to showcase at HIFF will have the opportunity to meet a celebrity youth ambassador at a private Awards Ceremony exclusive to students. Past guests include Auli’i Cravalho, Destin Daniel Cretton, Jacob Batalon, Phillipa Soo, and Harry Shum, Jr.  
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.
HIFF’s annual K-12 Student Showcase features the best of student films in Hawai’i who are in high school or younger. The films we feature are micro-movies, narratives, documentaries, animations, PSAs, or broadcast journalism between 1 to 10 minutes in length. Submit your film today!


Kosasa Foundation


Daniel K. Inouye Institute
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