37th Annual

Hawaii International Film Festival

November 02, 2017 to November 12, 2017

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Narrative Feature
This is for narrative films or videos 40 MINUTES OR LONGER. Please submit projects 39 minutes or less in the SHORT category.
Films must have been completed after January 1, 2016.
Documentary Feature
This is for documentary films or videos 40 MINUTES OR LONGER. Please submit projects 39 minutes or less in the SHORT category.
Films must have been completed after January 1, 2016.
Narrative Short
This category is for short subject films or videos, i.e., all narrative film, animations and experimental projects 39 MINUTES OR LESS.
Films must have been completed after January 1, 2016.
Documentary Short
This category is for short subject films or videos, i.e., all documentary film projects LESS THAN 39 MINUTES.
Films must have been completed after January 1, 2016.
Pacific Islander Showcase Features & Shorts
Narrative and documentary feature and short films made by First Peoples from the Pacific Rim, specifically, Polynesia, Oceania and Australasia. This category does not include Southeast Asian countries.
Films must have been completed after January 1, 2016.
Made in Hawaii
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.
Films must have been completed after January 1, 2016.
Student (Hawaii Residents, Under 18 only)
THIS COMPETITION IS OPEN ONLY TO HAWAII RESIDENTS UNDER AGE 18.
The student film category includes all genres (short films) made by students (up to and including high school students, but NOT college students). This includes films made inside the classroom, outside the classroom, films made individually or with a group, and films made with limited adult supervision.
UNFORTUNATELY, THERE IS NO FEE WAIVER FOR FILMS MADE BY COLLEGE AND GRADUATE STUDENTS. THEIR FILMS MUST BE SUBMITTED UNDER FEATURE, SHORT, DOCUMENTARY CATEGORIES, AS APPROPRIATE.
INELIGIBLE FILMS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
Films must have been completed after January 1, 2016.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

As the vanguard forum of international cinematic achievement in the Asia-Pacific region, Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) endeavors to recognize new and emerging talent, promote career development and original collaborations through innovative education programs, and facilitate dynamic cultural exchange through the cinema arts.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

''HIFF is a must attend'' (Entertainment Weekly), "the premiere American showcase for Asian cinema" (Hollywood Reporter) and "a launching pad for early films by younger directors" (Roger Ebert). Now in its 37th year, HIFF is the festival of record for emerging works from the Pacific Rim, a destination of award winning films from major film festivals around the world, and an incubator for Hawaii-based and Native Hawaiian works that come from the vibrant and local creative industries. The festival has featured premiere screenings of many acclaimed films, including festival premieres such as LION, JACKIE, THE EAGLE HUNTRESS, THE IMITATION GAME, THE ARTIST, VOLVER, THE HOST, BABEL, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON and many more.

Past honorees include Quentin Tarantino, Ang Lee, Zhang Yimou, Samuel L Jackson, Koji Yakusho and Maggie Cheung, who all received lifetime achievement awards. Other guests include maverick indie director Kevin Smith (CLERKS, DOGMA), cinematographer Matthew Libatique (IRON MAN, THE FOUNTAIN, REQUIEM FOR A DREAM), Japanese actor Ken Watanabe (LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA, LAST SAMURAI), anime master Satoshi Kon (PAPRIKA, MILLENNIUM ACTRESS, PERFECT BLUE), noted American film critic Elvis Mitchell (KCRW's "The Treatment"), Indian American actor Kal Penn (HAROLD AND KUMAR GO TO WHITE CASTLE) and New Zealand impresarios Jemaine Clement (FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS) and Taika Waititi (HUNT FOR THE WILDER PEOPLE, WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, upcoming THOR sequel).

HIFF’s mission to enlighten, empower and entertain through the medium of film is paramount to being an integral part of Hawaii’s arts and culture community. Aside from exhibiting films from around the world, the Festival serves as a creative hub for individuals interested in cinema culture, either as a casual fan or for career development. HIFF’s education initiatives include free school screenings for middle and high school students statewide, a critical writing workshop called the Roger Ebert Foundation Young Writers for the Arts program, plus panels and seminars including the Oscar Doc Lab with Oscar winning director Freida Lee Mock and the 2016 panel on Asian Pacific Islander representation in Hollywood with participants including Hawaii Five O’s Daniel Dae Kim.

The 37th Annual Hawaii International Film Festival will be held November 2 - 12 2017 in Honolulu on the island of Oahu. HIFF will mark the festival's 37th edition with a special focus on contemporary cinema, outdoor screenings, and our Student Showcase for filmmakers under 18 from Hawaii.

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

ORGANIZERS

Anderson Le (Co-Director of Programming); Anna Page (Co-Director of Programming); Maja Stegovec (Programming Coordinator)

GENERAL RULES

Your submission must be postmarked by the appropriate deadline listed above and include the correct entry fee. We will not consider films submitted after July 17, 2017.

Films must have been completed after January 1, 2016.

Films must not have had any commercial, theatrical, 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.

Films may be of any length, and of any genres, including features, documentaries, shorts, student films, and experimental films. We are particularly interested in presenting U.S. and World Premieres. The Festival will consider works-in-progress, films with temporary sound tracks, digital outputs, and work that did not originate from film.

All films with dialogue in a language other than English must be subtitled in English for Festival presentation.

We will inform you of our selection decision in September 2017.


CATEGORIES

NARRATIVE FEATURE. Must be a fictional story that is 40 minutes or more in length.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE. Must be a non-fictional story that is 40 minutes or more in length.

NARRATIVE SHORT. Must be a fictional story that is 39 minutes or less in length.

DOCUMENTARY. Must be a non-fictional story that is 39 minutes or less in length.

PACIFIC ISLANDER SHOWCASE FEATURES AND SHORTS. Films must be made by FIRST PEOPLES from the Pacific Rim, specifically, Hawaii, Polynesia, Oceania and Australasia. Submissions can be either a fictional or non-fictional story.

MADE IN HAWAII. This section is for documentaries and narratives of any 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.
3. Key cast or crew (director, producer, screenwriter, and actors) must be current residents of Hawaii.

STUDENT (Hawaii Residents, Under 18 only). This category applies to Hawaii residents only. The films must be between 2 and 20 minutes in length. The student film category includes all genres made by students in grades Kindergarten to 12th grade.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Hawaii International 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 Hawaii International 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.