38th Annual

Hawaii International Film Festival

November 08, 2018 to November 18, 2018


Made in Hawaii Features & Shorts


Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
March 7, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 20.00 *
Regular Deadline
May 14, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 20.00 *
Late Deadline
July 9, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 20.00 *
WAB Extended Deadline
July 16, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 20.00 *

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

Category Details

Approximately September 21, 2018

Shorts: maximum 39 minutes
Features: minimum 40 minutes

Projects completed after January 1, 2017

Projects must originate from Hawaii

Projects must be a premiere in HI

Projects may have distribution

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

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Media Files
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Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

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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.

HIFF Grand Jury Award - Hawaii Competition
HIFF is proud to present TWO Grand Jury Awards for Best Hawaii Feature Film and Best Hawaii Short Film during the fall festival. All films “Made in Hawaii” are eligible for one of these two prestigious awards, which will be adjudicated by two grand juries made up of local and visiting film professionals. The purpose of this award is to reignite the already growing excellence in local cinema production via fiction and non-fiction narratives and to put a spotlight on emerging and established media makers from Hawaii, producing films about and set in this unique, vibrant and precious culture and state.
Sponsor: Halekulani

Founded in 1990 by Cinemaya (Asia’s finest journal of cinema) and UNESCO, the Network for the Promotion of Asian-Pacific Cinema (NETPAC) is an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting Asian and Pacific film throughout the world. The prestigious NETPAC Award is given at select international film festivals to promote Asian and Pacific 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 2018 Hawaii International Film Festival NETPAC Award winner will be selected from all 1st and 2nd directorial efforts of Asian and Pacific feature length 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’s most coveted awards for Favorite Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature and Short Film brings the power to the people and are determined purely by audience voting. Previous winners ranged from awards buzz worthy films like LION and THE EAGLE HUNTRESS to locally made films like HO’OMAU and cult films like WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS.
Sponsor: Hawaii News Now KHNL/KGMB/KFVE
This prize is shared with other categories.

Category Rules

This section is for narrative and documentary films of feature and 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 (under age 18, 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 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 July 16, 2018. Films must have been completed after January 1, 2017.

Films must not have had any commercial, theatrical, video on demand, or television play in Hawaii (Hawaii premiere requirement). 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 indigenous Pacific filmmakers.

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.