HIFFxDKII FUTURE FILMMAKERS PROGRAM
2023-24 Theme: HAWAI’I’S YOUTH LEADING BY EXAMPLE
For the 2023-24 school year, we’re inviting middle school and high school students to create a short film (documentary or narrative) that tells an inspiring story of youth leading the way in community or civic engagement for this year’s contest theme of:”Hawai’i’s Youth Leading By Example.”
To prepare and submit your film, please review the guidelines below:
- Attend an optional two-part series workshops on September 30 (virtual) and October 7 (in-person) by signing-up at: tinyurl.com/HIFFDKII43
- All students must register and submit their film at: https://filmfreeway.com/HIFFOpioFest (Choose Future Filmmakers)
- Ensure the film’s story displays young people in Hawai’i leading by example
- The short film must be at least 1 minute long and no longer than 4 minutes
- Students may use a smartphone, tablet, or digital camera to make their film. Animated films are welcomed. Have fun and get creative!
- Deadline is January 31, 2024. Finalists will be notified in February 2024.
- For any questions, please email [email protected]
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Join us for a two-part workshop series that support students’ preparation of their short film for the Future Filmmakers short film contest. There is no cost to participate in the workshops! More info will be sent to those who register below. Be sure to register by Friday, September 22!
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 | 11AM-12:30PM | ON ZOOM
Philip W. Chung is a writer/producer and creative director of YOMYOMF, the Asian American-centric production company founded by FAST & FURIOUS director Justin Lin. He has written, developed, and/or produced projects for Netflix, NBC Universal/Comcast, Warner Bros, YouTube, Google, eOne, IFC Channel, Legendary Pictures, Buzzfeed Studios, and others.
SATURDAY, October 7 | 3:30PM-5:30pm | @ box jelly warD
Alex Bocchieri is a Native Hawaiian filmmaker who lives and works in Honolulu. After graduating from the University of Hawai‘i, Alex turned his passion for storytelling toward creating documentaries, leading to his work on the celebrated film, IKE: KNOWLEDGE IS EVERYWHERE. From there he told stories of Hawai‘i heroes when he directed the independent feature film, GO FOR BROKE, a groundbreaking Hawai‘i-produced war drama that went on to screen at festivals around the world. Since then he has written and directed award-winning short films, while working with nonprofits to document individuals and institutions that are trying to make this world a better place. In 2022, Alex was selected to be a part of the Disney Launchpad Program, where he directed a film that will be released on Disney+ later this year.
Quote that inspired the theme
reflection questions for students
Here are some questions to think about as you prepare your film. We encourage you to discuss your answers with your teacher and your group (if submitting a group film).
- What lessons have inspired you to be a leader? How do those lessons shape your decisions in life?
- Do you believe that Hawai’i’ can be an example to the world? In what ways can the world learn from Hawai’i?
- What does the “spirit of aloha” mean to you? Is it important for leaders to embody aloha? Why?