Youth Education Programs

HIFF Education Programs

    Each fall, the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) offers a variety of opportunities for students to meet successful filmmakers, actors and media professionals, and to view critically acclaimed films. These programs are provided free of charge to primary and secondary students at public and private schools in Hawaii. The programs’ goals are to encourage students to produce quality work, view films through critical eyes, and aspire to higher education and careers in the media field. Teachers may register their class(es) for as many activities as will fit into their schedules. Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.


Currently, HIFF offers four youth education programs:

GUEST FILMMAKER PROGRAM – Visiting filmmakers will help to enrich classes such as media production, journalism, language arts, foreign language and social studies. These visits will offer the logistical benefit of bringing speakers into classrooms rather than requiring field trips. Students will learn first-hand from successful professionals in the filmmaking/media industry. Classroom visits will be scheduled for Oahu and Kauai.

CULTURAL & VISUAL LITERACY PROGRAM – The Cultural & Visual Literacy Program (CVLP) provides free theater screenings of outstanding films that are rarely available in Hawaii. These films are applicable to many subjects; teachers in previous years have incorporated CVLP films into classes ranging from social studies and language arts to media production and character education.

STUDENT SHOWCASE – HIFF will present the best short films submitted by primary and secondary students throughout Hawaii. HIFF’s Student Showcase is open to the general public and free to attend.

STUDENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES(open to students in grades 9 to 12 on O’ahu) During the year, the festival needs hundreds of volunteers to ensure that audiences and guests have a great time at HIFF events. Students from schools all over O’ahu have a great time volunteering and taking part in a fun and exciting cultural event. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people, see great films, and serve the community. To learn more about HIFF’s Volunteer Program, please e-mail us at or simply sign up at

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Please email your questions about the Guest Filmmaker Program (GFP) or the Cultural & Visual Literacy Program (CVLP) or Student Showcase to TJ Steib at