accelerator STUDENT program


The HIFFxACM Accelerator Program is a targeted focus on supporting students who are attending college in Hawai‘i within the entirety of the Academy for Creative Media (ACM) System throughout the University of Hawai‘i’s 10 campuses during the 2023-2024 school year. Through valuable cinema and media mentor connection and access to the film festival, students have a unique opportunity to experience film premieres and network with industry professionals and peers. 

Free Student PASS at HIFF festivals


Consolidated Theatres Kahala 

HIFF Spring Showcase | March 21-28
‘Ōpio Fest | April 5-7

All college students currently studying in an Academy for Creative Media System supported-program at any of University of Hawai‘i’s 10 campuses are eligible for a free festival pass. Please fill out the form below to register for a HIFFxACM Accelerator Student Pass which includes the following:
  1. Five (5) free admissions to day-of-show screenings at HIFF’s Spring Showcase or ‘Ōpio Fest (Pick up tickets, on the day-of-show, at HIFF’s Box Office at the Consolidated Theatres Kahala or at HIFF.org. Tickets limited by availability.)
  2. Free admission to ‘Ōpio Fest student showcases and panel sessions (RSVP required)
  3. Bonus: A complimentary HIFF Industry Membership for the year

acm accelerator talk story session with voice actor eric bauza

University of Hawai’i West O’ahu

91-1001 Farrington Hwy Kapolei, 96707
Building G, ACM Student Production Center Screening Room

FREE and open to all college students. Click below to register!

Eric Bauza Headshot
Read Eric's Bio


Eric Bauza started his career in animation as a character designer working with a few production studios in Hollywood. It was this introduction to the animation world that led him to a successful career as one of the most in demand voiceover artists in town.

In 2022 and 2023 he won an Emmy for Outstanding Voice Performance in an Animated Program for his work as Bugs Bunny, Marvin the Martian, Daffy Duck, and Tweety in the Looney Tunes Cartoons series. He has received Emmy and Annie Award nominations for his work as the title character in The Adventures of Puss in Boots and Muppet Babies as well as for Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck in Looney Tunes Cartoons. Some of his other television credits include Tiny Toons Looniversity, Kiff, Pupstruction, Unikitty, Archibald’s Next Big Thing, The Rocketeer, Ballmastrz: 9009, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Turtles, Star vs. The Forces of Evil, Breadwinners, Uncle Grandpa, Atomic Puppet, The Powerpuff Girls, The Fairly OddParents, Wabbit, Ultimate Spider-Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Guardians of the Galaxy, Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Sanjay and Craig and Mighty Magiswords.

On the big screen, Bauza is known for voicing Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Foghorn Leghorn, Elmer Fudd, and Marvin the Martian in Space Jam: A New Legacy. He voiced characters in The Super Mario Bros. Movie, The Book of Life, and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water, as well as Woody Woodpecker in the Woody Woodpecker for Universal Studios. He has also voiced characters in commercials such as Lucky the Leprechaun for Lucky Charms cereal, Trix Rabbit for Trix cereal and Marvin the Martian for Nike. Most recently, he voiced Marvin the Martian for Walmart commercial, Famous Visitors.

Originally from Toronto, Ontario Canada, Bauza currently resides in Los Angeles. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

Join us for this exclusive event featuring voice actor, Eric Bauza, one of the most in demand voiceover artists in the industry, winning an Emmy for Outstanding Voice Performance as Bugs Bunny, Marvin the Martian, Daffy Duck, and Tweety in the LOONEY TUNES Cartoons series, and more!

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to delve into Eric’s creative process and hear from the legendary voice behind beloved characters that have left an indelible mark on generations of fans.


Cinema & Media Mentor Connection

Live discussions and Q&As with professionals from the international filmmaking community who offer industry insight, expertise, and encouragement to students. The sessions take place in-person at a minimum of five ACM supported Campuses throughout the 2023-2024 school year. Live streaming for other ACM students will be offered whenever technically possible during each guest speaker session. Read more about HIFF’s Online Creators and Critics Immersive program from 2022.

program events from the fall 2023

‘ULU‘ULU Screening and Panel at UH West O‘ahu

HIFF presented a free public screening and panel in partnership with ‘Ulu’Ulu: The Henry Ku’ualoha Giugni Moving Image Archive exhibited at the University of Hawai‘i West O‘ahu campus in the Dolby Atmos theater. The interactive discussions/screening combined archival footage with the most contemporary issues that Hawai’i is navigating in social, economic, and film industry spaces. 

HIFF x ACM Metaverse

Through the customized platform Gather, HIFF hosted a networking/pau hana online event for students with special guests, director Jessica Yu (QUIZ LADY, AMERICAN HORROR STORY, 13 REASONS WHY) and producer Brian Yang (A GREAT DIVIDE, LINSANITY). The 8-BIT GET2GATHER featured an online town for participants to explore that resembled an 8-bit video game and featured iconic O’ahu locations, as well as an Academy for Creative Media center!