Call for Entries – Submit Your Film

 

HIFF 2017 CALL FOR ENTRIES is NOW CLOSED.

Welcome filmmakers! The HIFF 2017 festival will take place November 2 – 12, 2017 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 2017 Rules and Regulations for exact requirements by clicking on the link below. Notification of film acceptance status will be announced approximately by September 2017. There is a $20 fee for films submitted in the MADE IN HAWAII category.

2017 Open Call _Rules and Regulations

APPLY ONLINE THROUGH WITHOUTABOX

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 IMDb.com Inc. or its affiliates.

SUBMISSION CATEGORIES

Features (40+ minutes) Shorts (up to 39 minutes) Pacific Islander Showcase Made in Hawaii
Narrative Feature Narrative Short Pacific Islander Showcase Features & Shorts* Made in Hawaii Features & Shorts
Documentary Feature Documentary Short   Student (Hawaii Residents, Under 18)**
       
       

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

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

 

SUBMISSION DEADLINES AND FEES

All submissions must go through Withoutabox.com. Films must have been completed after January 1, 2016.

2017 Submission Costs Features Shorts Pacific Islander Showcase Features & Shorts Made in Hawaii Students Hawaii Residents, Under 18
Feb. 14 – Mar. 8 $45.00 $35.00 $35.00 $20.00 Free
           
Mar. 9 – May 14 $55.00 $45.00 $35.00 $20.00 Free
           
May 15 – Jun. 26 for Feature length films. 

May 15 – Jul. 10 for Short films.

$65.00 $60.00 $35.00 $20.00 Free
           
Jul. 10 – 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 (Hawaii Residents, Under 18 years of age) category deadline is on August 1, 2017, and will not be charged a submission fee (Hawaii residents only). Please see the Rules and Regulations guide for more information.

 

MAIL YOUR ENTRIES TO:

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.

 

NEED MORE INFORMATION OR HELP?

Contact the programming staff with any questions.

Tel: (808) 792-1577 x7
Email: entries@hiff.org