The 42nd Annual Hawai‘i International Film Festival Announces Film Submission Deadlines for 2022

Submissions open on February 11th, 2022 for all Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Short, Episodic (Series), Pacific Islander Showcase Features, Pacific Islander Showcase Shorts, Made in Hawai‘i Features, Made in Hawai‘i Shorts, XR Showcase, and Hawai‘i University Student. Narrative and Documentary Features across all categories from 1st or 2nd time feature-length directors will be eligible for the Kau Ka Hōkū Award. Additional competition awards include awards for Made In Hawai‘i feature and short films, and short films across all categories.

The film submission deadlines are as follows:
  • Early bird Deadline – March 11
  • Regular Deadline – May 20
  • Late Deadline – July 15
  • Student Showcase (K-12) Deadline – Sept 19
  • DKII Future Filmmakers Deadline – Sept 23

The 42nd Annual Hawai‘i International Film Festival will be a hybrid event held November 3 – 27, 2022 in person on the islands of O‘ahu, Kaua‘i, Maui, and the Big Island and online nationwide. Screenings, events, Q&As, and talks, will take place both in-person in Honolulu in theaters and outdoors, and will stream online across the United States. HIFF will mark the festival’s 42nd edition with a continued focus on contemporary Asian, Pacific, and North American cinema, films produced in Hawai’i, outdoor screenings, and our Student Showcase and Daniel K. Inouye Youth Initiative for filmmakers under 18 from Hawai‘i.

We encourage filmmakers to submit works from any genre. We are especially interested in feature films, documentaries, short films, series, Hawai‘i-themed films, and films by indigenous Pacific filmmakers.

Visit HIFF’s FilmFreeway page to submit your work

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