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19-Apr-2014 8:18pm PDT  

 

Hawaii International Film Festival

34 Annual October 31, 2014 to November 10, 2014

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680 Iwilei Road, Suite 100
Honolulu HI 96817
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Phone: +1 808 792 1577 x 7
Fax: +1 808 792 1583
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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Narrative Feature
This is for narrative films or videos 50 MINUTES OR LONGER. Please submit projects 49 minutes or less in the SHORT category.
Documentary Feature
This is for narrative films or videos 50 MINUTES OR LONGER. Please submit projects 49 minutes or less in the SHORT category.
Student (Under 18 only)
THIS COMPETITION IS OPEN ONLY TO HAWAII RESIDENTS.

The student film category includes all genres (especially feature, documentary and short films) made by students (up to and including high school students, but NOT college students).

UNFORTUNATELY, THERE IS NO FEE WAIVER FOR FILMS MADE BY COLLEGE AND GRADUATE STUDENTS.

FILMS MADE BY COLLEGE AND GRADUATE STUDENTS MUST BE SUBMITTED UNDER FEATURE, SHORT, DOCUMENTARY CATEGORIES, AS APPROPRIATE. INELIGIBLE FILMS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

This includes films made inside the classroom, outside the classroom, films made individually or with a group, and films made with limited adult supervision.
Narrative Short
This category is for short subject films or videos, i.e., all narrative film projects 49 MINUTES OR LESS.

All genres are accepted with the following exceptions:

Student films (for filmmakers under 18 years of age) should be submitted under the Student Category.

Documentary Short
Documentary Short

This category is for short subject films or videos, i.e., all documentary film projects LESS THAN 49 MINUTES.

All genres are accepted with the following exceptions:

Student films (for filmmakers under 18 years of age) should be submitted under the Student Category.
Music Videos should be submitted under the Music Video Category.

This category does not include films submitted under the music videos or student films categories.
Pacific Showcase Feature
Narrative and documentary features by First Peoples from the Pacific Rim, specifically, Polynesia, Oceanea and Australasia. This category does not include Southeast Asian countries.
Pacific Showcase Short
Narrative and documentary shorts by First Peoples from the Pacific Rim, specifically, Hawaii, Polynesia, Oceanea and Australasia.
Hawaii Short
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.
Hawaii Feature
This section is for narratives of feature 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.
EuroCinema Hawaii
Founded and incorporated in 2009 as a non-profit, EuroCinema Hawai’i (ECH) is dedicated to the advancement of understanding among and cultural exchange between the peoples of Europe and Hawai’i through the medium of film. In 2010, EuroCinema began their partnership with the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF). This partnership created a festival within a festival and serves to highlight the latest preeminent European films.

To qualify for this category the film must be produced in Europe, and be of feature length (over 50 minutes).
New American Filmmaker Short
HIFF and the Vilcek Foundation founded the NEW AMERICAN FILMMAKERS Program in 2007 under the title American Immigrant Filmmakers on Profile. This Program began as a special film showcase at the Hawaii International Film Festival created to highlight the contributions of American immigrant filmmakers to American cinema.

Over the next five years, an average of five films presented by talented immigrant directors, producers, actors, and writers were selected to screen at the festival each year. Selected filmmakers are invited to attend the festival, where they participate in post-screening audience discussions, attend a special reception in their honor, and visit local area primary and secondary schools to share their knowledge and experience with students.
New American Filmmaker Feature
HIFF and the Vilcek Foundation founded the NEW AMERICAN FILMMAKERS Program in 2007 under the title American Immigrant Filmmakers on Profile. This Program began as a special film showcase at the Hawaii International Film Festival created to highlight the contributions of American immigrant filmmakers to American cinema.

Over the next five years, an average of five films presented by talented immigrant directors, producers, actors, and writers were selected to screen at the Festival each year. Selected filmmakers are invited to attend the Festival, where they participate in post-screening audience discussions, attend a special reception in their honor, and visit local area primary and secondary schools to share their knowledge and experience with students.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
Established in 1981, the Hawaii International Film Festival is dedicated to advancing understanding and cultural exchange among the peoples of Asia, the Pacific and North America through the global medium of film.

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 34th year, the festival broke all records in 2007, screening 254 films from an astounding 47 countries to audiences over 65,000! The festival featured premiere screenings of many acclaimed films, including Julie Taymor's THE TEMPEST, Tony Goldwyn's CONVICTION, Daniel Alfredson's THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET'S NEST, Lee Daniel's PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL 'PUSH' BY SAPPHIRE, Korean box office sensation THE HOST, Pedro Almodovar's VOLVER and Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu's BABEL.

Among the our past guests and honorees HIFF welcomed 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), Thai director Youngyoot Thongkongtun (METROSEXUAL, IRON LADIES) and Bollywood director Rakesh Omprakash Mehra (RANG DE BASANTI). Thousands attended outdoor film screenings at Waikiki Beach. The festival presented premiere screenings of many acclaimed films including Korean box office sensation THE HOST, Feng Xiaogang's period epic THE BANQUET, Pedro Almodovar's VOLVER and Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu's BABEL.

Films that have premiered at past HIFFs -- PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL 'PUSH' BY SAPPHIRE, RED CLIFF, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, A BITTERSWEET LIFE, CLEAN, JAPANESE STORY, THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON, IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE, Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN, THE COOLER, GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING, RAISE THE RED LANTERN, JSA, SHIRI, MEMORIES OF MURDER, SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE, TOUCHING THE VOID, THE FAST RUNNER, BETTER LUCK TOMORROW, SHINE and THE PIANO -- have gone on to national and international success.

The 34th Annual Hawaii International Film Festival will be held Oct. 2014 in Honolulu on the islands of Oahu, Kauai and Hawaii. HIFF will mark the festival's 34th anniversary with a special focus on the contemporary cinema, beach screenings, our Student Showcase for filmmakers under 18.

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


ORGANIZERS
Chuck Boller (Executive Director) ; Grace Jo ; Josh Nye ; Minette Ferrer (Programming Assistant) ; Robert Lambeth (Assistant Executive Director)

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 June 20, 2014.

Films must have been completed after January 1, 2013.

Films must not have had any commercial, theatrical, or television play in the United States. Feature 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, music videos 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 2013


CATEGORIES

Narrative Feature. Must be a fictional story that is 50 minutes or more in length.

Documentary Feature. Must be a non-fictional story that is 50 minutes or more in length.

Pacific Panorama Feature. 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 that is 50 minutes or more in length.

Hawaii Narrative Feature. This section is for narratives of feature length (50 or more minutes) that meet one 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.

Narrative Short. Must be a fictional story that is 49 minutes or less in length.

Documentary Short. Must be a non-fictional story that is 49 minutes or less in length.

Pacific Panorama Short. 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 that is 59 minutes or less in length.

Hawaii Narrative Short. This section is for narratives of feature length (59 minutes or less) that meet one 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, actors) must be current residents of Hawaii.

Hawaii Documentary. Must be a non-fictional story that can be of any length, and meet one 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, actors) must be current residents of Hawaii.

Student Under 18. This category applies to Hawaii residents only. The films can be on any length. The student film category includes all genres made by students in grades Kindergarten to 12th grade. This includes films made inside the classroom, outside the classroom, films made individually or within a group. Films must be made with limited adult supervision.
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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.