Call for Entries – Submit Your Film


HIFF 2016 CALL FOR ENTRIES begins on February 5, 2016.

Welcome filmmakers! The HIFF 2016 festival will take place November 3 – 13, 2016 at the Dole Cannery Stadium 18 Theaters in Honolulu on Oahu. We have outlined the categories, deadlines and fees for this year below. Before you begin to enter your film, download the 2016 Rules and Regulations for exact requirements by clicking on the link below. Notification of film acceptance status will be announced approximately by September 2016. There is a $25 or $15 fee for films submitted in the MADE IN HAWAII category.

2016 Hawaii International Film Festival Rules and Regulations


HIFF is a partner with Withoutabox, the online film festival submission service. Withoutabox is free and allows filmmakers to complete a single application and submit to almost 3,000 film festivals around the world! Discounted entry fees are also available through Withoutabox. Withoutabox logos are trademarks of Withoutabox, a DBA of Inc. or its affiliates.


Features (50+ minutes) Shorts (up to 49 minutes) Pacific Showcase Hawaii
Narrative Feature Narrative Short Pacific Showcase Feature* Hawaii Feature (Narrative or Documentary)
Documentary Feature Documentary Short Pacific Showcase Short* Hawaii Short (Narrative or Documentary)
Student Under 18***

* Entries in the Pacific Showcase categories must be made by FIRST PEOPLES from the Pacific Rim, specifically, Hawaii, Polynesia, Oceania and Australasia.

*** Entries in Student Under 18 are exclusively for students who are residents of the State of Hawaii.



All submissions must go through Films must have been completed after January 1, 2014.

2016 Submission Costs Features Shorts Pacific Showcase Features/Shorts Hawaii Features/Shorts Students Under 18
Feb. 5 – Mar. 4 $45.00 $35.00 $40.00 / $30.00 $25.00 / $15.00 Free
Mar. 5 – May 16 $55.00 $45.00 $40.00 / $30.00 $25.00 / $15.00 Free
May 17 – Jun. 26 for Feature length films. 

May 17 – Jul. 10 for Short films.

$65.00 $60.00 $40.00 / $30.00 $25.00 / $15.00 Free
Jul. 1 – Aug. 1 N/A N/A N/A N/A Free

We encourage all film entries have their screeners uploaded through the Withoutabox video streaming platform or a password protected YouTube or Vimeo link information can also be provided via a film entry record. 

If  you would still rather provide physical media in the form of a DVD screener, then your package must be postmarked by the final deadlines listed above for this year’s festival.

The student (under 18 years of age) category deadline is on August 1, 2016, and will not be charged a submission fee (Hawaii residents only). Please see the Rules and Regulations guide for more information.



Hawaii International Film Festival
Attn: Programming Department
680 Iwilei Road, Suite 100
Honolulu, HI 96817 USA

Include your screener DVD (the DVD sent must be Region 1 NTSC) in a bubble pack envelope, with the actual DVD clearly labeled with your contact information and the Withoutabox number (looks like: 15-WAB-0000-FNAR). DVD screeners and submitted press materials will not be returned.



Contact the programming staff with any questions.

Tel: (808) 792-1577 x7