49th Annual

Humboldt Film Festival

April 20, 2016 to April 23, 2016

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Humboldt State University
Dept of Theatre, Film and Dance
1 Harpst Street
Arcata CA 95521
Phone: 707.826.4113
Fax: 707.826.4112

OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Short Experimental film, under 30 minutes in running time.
Short Documentary film, under 30 minutes in running time.
Short Narrative film, under 30 minutes in running time.
Short Animation film, under 30 minutes in running time.


HSU Alum and HFF Alum (people who have screened at our festival in the past) get a discount. Visit our website for more info!

Our mission at the Humboldt Film Festival is to expose independent filmmaking to a diverse range of viewers, and to break away from mainstream filmmaking; thus coming forth with a deeper appreciation for this medium of cinema as a whole. That being said, we also want to enrich educational experiences and learning opportunities for HSU students by allowing them to focus their creative and productive energies on the development and presentation of the world’s oldest student-run film festival. The integrity of the festival is built on the unique blend of academic interests, cultural backgrounds, and the creative talents of the students. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that the festival maintains its longstanding tradition as a student-run event - a designation that helps it stand out among a sea of similar festivals.

The Humboldt Film Festival serves as a vehicle for the exhibition of such independent films and DV works that are commonly regarded as an art form rather than a commercial venture; and unlike commercial films, which often target a specific audience for monetary gain, the independent world of filmmakers must finance much of its own work to secure an audience for it.


The Humboldt International Film Festival is the oldest student-run film festival in the world. Every spring, the festival showcases short films from filmmakers all over the world. For forty-nine years the Humboldt Film Festival has held onto the independent spirt and continue to represent the broad spectrum of film styles from hand drawn animation to guerrilla documentaries that set the path to discover the real art of filmmaking. This year we invite you to submit your animated, narrative, documentary or experimental short films! Make the universe 'Discover the Reel' world of film!!

The Humboldt Film Festival has been bringing independent and alternative short films to Humboldt County for forty-nine years. As the world’s oldest student-run film festival we have created a unique venue for traditional films and alternative digital media that enjoys an international reputation for supporting and celebrating independent filmmakers working in traditional, experimental and non-traditional modes. Founded in 1967 by a group of film-loving Humboldt State University students the Humboldt Film Festival has expanded over the years to feature several days of public screenings, workshops and presentations by guest filmmakers each spring. The festival promotes the art of film, not only as a means of entertainment, but also as a vehicle for self-expression and a stimulus for dialogue about social, political and cultural issues.


Emily Hall (Budget/ Fundraising); Kyrie Hood (Entries); Nairobys Apolito (Public Relations)


-Your short film MUST be UNDER 30 MINUTES.

-Completed after January 2011

-All entries must be labeled with Withoutabox Tracking # on Envelope and DVD

-All DVD's must be labeled with Film Title, Running Time, Entrant's name, and WAB Tracking #

-Submissions in language other than English MUST include English subtitles.

- All Entries must include Brief Synopsis

-Press Kits are not required right away but are helpful and make things a lot easier later. If able, please include a digital press kit when you submit including a synopsis, running time, country of origin, director name, and still image from your film.

Thank You!


Humboldt Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Humboldt Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.