Due to the far-reaching impact of the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting the independent filmmaking ecosystem, HIFF remains deeply committed to supporting our artists and we are working creatively to bring our global ohana together. Although we can’t all be together in person, [email protected] is here to bring festival films to you at home. Over the summer we shared our BEST OF HIFF SHORTS for free and new releases of current festival films for streaming with the VIRTUAL CINEMA project, with 50% of the proceeds to benefit HIFF directly. Next we have our [email protected] SUMMER FEST where we will share 11 of the best international films on the circuit. Tickets and passes are already on sale.

We will continue to offer streaming content through [email protected] for the foreseeable future. You can join our HIFF OHANA membership program and gain access to our monthly HIFF SELECTS programming beginning in September and continuing all year round. 

Mahalo for 40 years of support and we look forward to seeing you at the movies soon! Happy viewing!

HIFF39 Student Short Films

Hawaii International Film Festival

HIFF student finalists were selected by a panel of judges to present at HIFF 39 in a special showcase screening as part of the Festival’s Annual Student Showcase for K-12 students in Hawai’i.

Academy for Creative Media - UH MĀNOA
ACM - Academy for Creative Media UH Mānoa

HIFF has partnered with ACM at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa for over a decade that has featured student films at the Festival, as well as special showcases and programs hosted in Shanghai, China. Here is a collection of films that were featured in the annual ACM UHM Night presented at HIFF39.

DKII logo

Daniel K. Inouye Initiative (DKII) student finalists were selected by a panel of judges to present at HIFF 39 in a special screening as part of the Festival’s annual Future Filmmakers contest for middle school and high school students in Hawai’i responding to the DKII open call that asked students to create films that reflect on the 60th anniversary of statehood in Hawai‘i and where they see Hawai‘i going in the next 40 years of our centennial of statehood.