CALL FOR STUDENT ENTRIES FOR 2020 FUTURE FILMMAKERS STUDENT CONTEST
Open to all Middle and High School students in Hawai’i
Deadline: September 4, 2020
Contest Theme: “A Letter to the President: Transitions in Democracy.”
A time-honored tradition, the outgoing President leaves a handwritten letter to his successor, offering encouragement, words of wisdom, and support. Regardless of political party, winners or losers, these letters have become a symbol of transition in our American democracy, and an opportunity to reflect on the grace and wisdom of those who serve as Commander-in-Chief. What would your message be to the 46th President of the United States of America?
For the 2020 edition, we ask students to explore the ideals of leadership and civic engagement by creating a message to the future President through a short film.
AWARDS & PRIZES
The top finalists are chosen to present in November at the Future Filmmakers Screening, a special public presentation for students, free to the public, during HIFF’s Fall Festival program. Students will also be given filmmaker badges that provides them with unprecedented access to HIFF, including free screenings and panel talks during the festival.
Finalists are also invited to attend a private, intimate luncheon and meet-and-greet with a celebrity youth ambassador, as well as an awards ceremony where a 1st and 2nd place will be selected in a high school category and a middle-school category. Past celebrities include Harry Shum, Jr and Jacob Batalon.
Daniel K. Inouye Institute will also be awarding the top winners with a cash prize, a GoPro camera and a gift card to Best Buy.
RULES & INSTRUCTIONS
- Students may submit individually or in small groups of up to five students. The short films must be up to 1 – 5 minutes in length
- Films may be made with iPhones or digital cameras.
- Please submit your short film as an MOV or MP4 on HIFF’s FilmFreeway page at: https://filmfreeway.com/HIFF
- The deadline to submit is September 4, 2020.
- Please contact HIFF’s Education Coordinator, Jen May Pastores, for any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Answer the prompt: What would your message be to the 46th President of the United States of America?
- Students have the creative freedom to present their message to the future President. A physical letter is not required to be in the film.
- When thinking through your message, what encouragement, words of wisdom, and support do you want to offer to the future President?
- On the right is a letter from George W. Bush to Bill Clinton. View more examples of letters from past presidents as a starting point to your research
2019 STUDENT FINALISTS STREAMING NOW ON HIFF@HOME
Films from the 2019 Future Filmmakers screening are now available to watch online at HIFF @ HOME. Watch all of the student finalists’ short films representing Campbell High School, Center For Tomorrow’s Leaders, E Kūlia I Ka Pono, Ewa Makai Middle School, Farrington High School, Hawai‘i Women in Filmmaking, ‘Iolani School, McKinley High School, Waiākea High School.
SUMMER STORYTELLING WORKSHOP
Join us for a virtual workshop on creative storytelling for teachers and students. This opportunity allows participants to also work on their submission to the contest and receive on-site mentorship for their short film.
2019 FUTURE FILMMAKERS FALL SCREENING & LUNCHEON WITH VIP GUEST, JACOB BATALON
2019 finalists had the opportunity for a private meet and greet with Youth Ambassador, locally born and raised actor Jacob Batalon, who broke out of the scene with his role as Ned Leeds in SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING and SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME.
“I am honored and privileged to be a witness to the creative future of our youth. To have a vision of a better Hawaii takes courage, strength, and love. I am truly proud of this initiative, and I hope that these opportunities afforded to them will cultivate a brighter future for filmmakers, actors, and creatives all alike from our great state. You all have a voice that should be heard, and I can’t wait to see what you all have in store,” – Jacob Batalon
HONOLULU, HAWAII - NOVEMBER 16: 1st place winners and 2nd Place Winners, IĀ KĀKOU "US", Lucas Roberts, Jack Scroggins, Serenity Burrows, and Jaysha-Lynn Ganiron from Ewa Makai Middle School, with Ken and Maggie Inouye, Jennifer Sabas and Jill Tokuda of Daniel K. Inouye Institute, Anderson Le and Jen May Pastores of HIFF, and Phillip Chung of YOMYOMF, and Jacob Batalon.
HONOLULU, HAWAII - NOVEMBER 16: (L-R) Jessie Hearther, Jacob Batalon and Inez Anderson attend the Future Filmmaker luncheon during the 39th Annual Hawai'i International Film Festival presented by Halekulani on November 16, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Jessie and Inez took 1st place in the Future Filmmakers Student Film Contest (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
ABOUT DANIEL K. INOUYE INSTITUTE
The Daniel K. Inouye Institute was established in 2013 to preserve Senator Inouye’s papers and tell his life story; support STEM education, civics learning and international educational-cultural exchanges; and establish a repository of the Asian American/Pacific experience.
ABOUT YOMYOMF FOUNDATION
This contest is also supported by the YOMYOMF Foundation, which supports Asian Pacific American artists as well as artists from other traditionally underrepresented communities who wish to pursue careers in film, TV, theater and new media.