35th Annual

Hawaii International Film Festival

November 12, 2015 to November 22, 2015


Hawaii Short


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 2, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 15.00 *
Regular Deadline
May 1, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 15.00 *
Late Deadline
June 1, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 15.00 *
WAB Extended Deadline
June 15, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 15.00 *

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

Category Details

Approximately September 20, 2015

Shorts: From 2 minutes to 50 minutes

Projects completed after January 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

  Secure Online Screener

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Media Files
  .MOV (Quicktime)

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Press Kit Requirements

A press kit is requested but not required, including:
> Production Still Photos - Digital
> Photo of the Director - Digital
> Biography/Filmography - Director

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

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.
This prize is shared with other categories.

Category Rules

This section is for narratives of short length that meet two of the three following standards:

(1) principally filmed in the State of Hawaii
(2) are about the history and culture of the Hawaiian Islands, or
(3) key cast or crew (director, producer, screenwriter, actors) must be current residents of Hawaii.

Hawaii student filmmakers (grades K - 12) must apply under the Student Category.

Entries must be mailed with the correct entry fee for the postmarked date. You must pay by money order, Visa, Mastercard, or American Express. 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 15, 2015. Films must have been completed after January 1, 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.