EDUCATION

DKII FUTURE FILMMAKER SHOWCASE

As we partner with organizations like the Daniel K. Inouye Institute, we work to build a better future by working with students and young filmmakers who have a powerful voice to reimagine a new world. Each year this contest has a new theme. Student finalists selected to showcase at HIFF will also have the opportunity to meet a celebrity youth ambassador in a private Q&A discussion and Awards Ceremony. Past guests include actors Phillipa Soo, Jacob Batalon, and Harry Shum, Jr.

 

July is an exciting month at HIFF Education! Join us for three (3) online workshops that give students an opportunity to meet each other and learn from F9: THE FAST SAGA star Sung Kang at the kickoff on July 20, 12 noon HST, in a private virtual Q&A! Sung Kang is an American actor and producer. His first major role was as Han Lue in the Fast & Furious franchise, a character he first portrayed in Better Luck Tomorrow (2002).

 

The session will be moderated by Philip Chung of 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.

 

Following the kickoff, students will have an opportunity to learn from local award winning filmmaker, Justyn Ah Chong on July 27 & July 28, 1:30-3pm HST. 

 

Future Filmmakers, with Daniel K. Inouye Institute, supports 6th-12th grade students in Hawai’i and Alaska in making a short film for HIFF’s Future Filmmakers Showcase during the Fall Festival in November. 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.

 

Registration is required, sign-up at: https://tinyurl.com/dkii2021  

Register for these free online workshops with filmmaker Justyn Ah Chong!

 

Continue the summer series with a private online 2-Day session on July 27 & July 28, 1:30pm – 3pm HST, for 6th-12th students in Hawai’i and Alaska to meet with other students and learn from lead instructor, Justyn Ah Chong, as they brainstorm ideas and prepare their short film for HIFF’s Fall Festival.

Justyn Ah Chong is a Native Hawaiian filmmaker from Mililani, Oʻahu. After graduating from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts in 2011, Justyn worked as a cinematographer and editor at ʻŌiwi Television Network – Hawaii’s first Indigenous broadcast station. In 2019 his short DOWN ON THE SIDEWALK IN WAIKĪKĪ (2019) premiered at the Maoriland Film Festival in New Zealand and shared the People’s Choice Award for Best Short Drama before continuing on to screen at 20+ festivals around the world and winning several other awards. Most recently, Justyn was involved in producing the George Helm narrative bio-pic, HAWAIIAN SOUL (2020), which premiered at the 2020 Hawaii International Film Festival and won best Made in Hawaii Short and an Audience Award. He’s currently producing Kekama Amona’s narrative short film, E MĀLAMA PONO WILLY BOY, and is in pre-production for his second directorial narrative short, THE MAN AND THE TREE. In collaboration with Nia Tero and Upstander Project, Justyn is one of six indigenous filmmakers working on a collaborative documentary film called the RECIPROCITY PROJECT, currently in post-production. Concurrently, Justyn continues to create culturally-inspired, place-based stories on a work-for-hire basis through his production company, Olonā Media.

Registration is required, sign-up at: https://tinyurl.com/dkii2021  

2021 Theme: “The Greatest Generation & the COVID Generation: 
Hope & Resiliency in Unprecedented Times”


Young Americans who are coming of age in a time of the COVID-19 pandemic are faced with unprecedented challenges and isolation. Similar to those of the “Greatest Generation,” or those who were shaped by the Great Depression and World War II, how will youth of the “COVID Generation” now decide how history will define them?  For this year’s prompt, we want to hear from students, through the lens of resiliency and hope, what will it take for us as a state, a nation, and a world to move forward?

442nd Regimental Combat Team was formed in 1943, with 4,500 volunteer Americans of Japanese ancestry, including the U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye.

RULES & INSTRUCTIONS


We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and are taking the necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of our community. We ask students to stay safe while filming and preparing their submission.

  1. All interested students in grades 6th-12th in Hawai’i are invited to submit to this open call. To get started, please sign-up on the contest form to prepare your submission at: https://tinyurl.com/DKII2021

  2. Your short film can be a narrative, documentary, animation, PSA, etc that answers the contest prompt above. For ideas and inspiration, please check out student films that were showcased last year: https://vimeo.com/showcase/7872471

  3. Students may create a short film individually or with a group of up to 5 other students. We welcome collaborations with other schools.

  4. The short films must be at least 1 minute in length and up to 5 minutes max.  

  5. Films may be made with a smartphone, tablet, or digital camera. Zoom record, Tik-Tok, or animated films are also welcomed. Get creative!

  6. Be sure to join us for a series of fun summer workshops online that kicks-off with a VIP guest! This will be a great way to meet other students and get ideas and guidance for your film submission.

  7. Films must be submitted on HIFF’s FilmFreeway page under the “DKII Future Filmmakers” at: https://filmfreeway.com/HIFF.  There is no entry cost to submit.

  8. The deadline to submit is Monday, September 17, 2021.

  9. For any questions, please contact Education Coordinator, Jen May Pastores, at  jenmay@hiff.org 

Students whose films are selected for the 2021 Future Filmmakers Showcase will be invited to a special presentation screening and post-screening Q&A session with audience members during HIFF’s 41st Fall Festival in November. During the Festival, they will also be invited to a private luncheon with a VIP guest and an Awards Ceremony where winners will be announced. 

2020 DKII FUTURE FILMMAKERS SHOWCASE WINNERS

Congrats to the winning student films who participated in HIFF’s DKII Future Filmmakers contest! All finalists were invited to meet this year’s Youth Ambassador, actress and singer Phillipa Soo (OVER THE MOON and Broadway musical HAMILTON star), and the following winners were announced by our special guest, Ken Inouye. Check out a recording of the Awards Ceremony below.

1st Place, High School

Devan Fujinaka, Iolani School, WITH LOVE
 

2nd Place, High School

Tiffany Liu, Campbell High School, LIGHT
 

1st Place, Middle School

Miley Cox, Waimea Middle School, MY LETTER TO THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT
 

2nd Place, Middle School

Isabella Rose Ciera, Isabella Rodriguez, Luc Giusto, Ewa Makai Middle School, DEAR FUTURE PRESIDENT
 

Originality Award 

Noah Raquino, Punahou School, PIECE OF CAKE

ABOUT OUR PARTNERS

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.

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.

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