36th Annual

Hawaii International Film Festival

November 03, 2016 to November 13, 2016


Narrative Feature


Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar
...but you can display them in these other currencies:

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
March 4, 2016
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 45.00 35.00
Regular Deadline
May 16, 2016
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 55.00 45.00
Late Deadline
June 26, 2016
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 65.00 55.00
WAB Extended Deadline
June 30, 2016
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 65.00 55.00

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.

Category Details

Approximately September 20, 2016

Features: From 49 minutes to 200 minutes

Projects completed after December 1, 2014

Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

Projects must be a premiere in Hawaii Premiere

Projects may have distribution

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

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Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List


Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Press Kit Requirements

A press kit is required, but only after acceptance.
> Production Still Photos - Digital
> Photo of the Director - Digital
> Biography/Filmography - Director

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

Golden Orchid
The Halekulani Golden Orchid Awards are bestowed upon the feature and documentary films that best express pure artistry, technical excellence and promote cross-cultural understanding. Like the endemic orchids of native Hawaii, these awards recognize singular achievement amid collective beauty. Each nominated film furthers the Hawaii International Film Festival mandate. Our international jury of film professionals bestows the Halekulani Golden Orchid upon the narrative films and documentaries, which, in addition to exhibiting unique artistry and technical excellence, best promote cultural understanding. Jurors are also asked to consider films for a limited number of special awards, if they wish. Directors of nominated films will receive a travel stipend and 4 nights hotel accommodations.
Cash Award Value: 5,000 U.S. Dollar

Best Asian Film Award
Founded in 1990 by Cinemaya (Asia’s finest journal of cinema) and UNESCO, the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) is an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting Asian film throughout the world. The prestigious NETPAC Award is given at select international film festivals to promote Asian cinema by spotlighting exceptional works and discovering new talent. The NETPAC Award is presented annually at international film festivals in Berlin, Venice, Rotterdam, Pusan, Singapore, Taiwan, Yamagata, Amiens and Hawaii. HIFF is the only film festival in North America given permission to present the NETPAC Award. The 2016 Hawaii International Film Festival NETPAC Award winner will be selected from all 1st and 2nd directorial efforts of Asian feature films playing at this year’s festival. The winner will be announced during the Awards Ceremony and Reception by the NETPAC jury.
This prize is shared with other categories.

Audience Choice Award
The Festival invites attendees to vote for their favorite feature film, documentary and short films playing at HIFF. Winners are announced at the annual Awards Ceremony held at the end of the Festival.
Sponsor:No Sponsor
This prize is shared with other categories.

Category Rules

Entries must be mailed with the correct entry fee for the postmarked date. You must pay by check, money order, Visa, Mastercard, or American Express. Checks or money orders must be in U.S. dollars only and made payable to HAWAII INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. International entrants must pay by credit card or an international money order (paid in U.S. dollars through a U.S. bank). No exceptions will be made. Do not send cash.

Submissions must be postmarked by the appropriate deadline listed and include the correct entry fee. We will not consider films submitted or postmarked after June 21, 2016. Films must have been completed after December 31, 2014.

Films must not have had any commercial, theatrical, or television play in Hawaii (Hawaii minimum premiere). Feature-length films must not have had any public or festival screenings in the state of Hawaii.

We encourage filmmakers to submit works from any genre. We are especially interested in feature films, documentaries, short films, Hawaii-themed films, films by filmmakers from other countries currently living in the U.S., and music videos.

We are particularly interested in presenting U.S. and World premieres. We will consider works-in- progress, films with temporary soundtracks, digital outputs and work that did not originate from film. Films with dialogue in a language other than English must be subtitled in English for Festival presentation.