Education Program

Cultural & Visual Literacy Program (CVLP)

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. Whenever possible, HIFF invites the film’s director to participate in a post-screening discussion with students.

Students may be required to read subtitles. Schools will be responsible for their own transportation. One adult chaperone will be required for every twenty students. Open to students grades 7 to 12 on Oahu and the Big Island.


2018 United States | Directed by Aaron Lieber
English | 98M
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13th, 2018 – 9:45AM at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18, Oahu


Bethany Hamilton is rewriting the rules on being a fearless athlete. This is the untold story of the heart of a champion and her resilience against all odds to become one of the leading professional surfers of our time. The 'Soul Surfer' movie revealed her courage and determination to get back in the water. Now follow her journey as a new mother chasing a toddler to chasing the biggest waves on her quest to be the best, bringing new power to the phrase #SurfsLikeAGirl. When you don't know how to stop you become UNSTOPPABLE.


2018 United States | Directed by: Na'alehu Anthony
English | 148M
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15th, 2018 – 9:00AM at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18, Oahu


*Please note this film is 148 minutes in length so film will begin at 9:00AM. 

In 1976, a voyaging canoe sparked a cultural revival that quickly spread throughout Polynesia, breathing life into ancient myths and legends. More than four decades later, Hōkūleʻa continues to inspire a new generation of navigators and voyagers to gather their courage and sail beyond the horizon of the Pacific. Moananuiākea: One Ocean. One People. One Canoe. celebrates the historic Worldwide Voyage that connected countless individuals and communities from around the globe.


2018 United States | Directed by: Laura Nix
English | 105M
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH, 2018 – 9:45AM at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18, Oahu

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2018 – 9:45AM at The Palace Theater, Hilo


Featuring Hawaii student JARED GOODWIN from Hilo, Hawaii!

Indonesia, India, Mexico, Hawaii, and many other countries, communities, and islands are rife with the ravages of environmental degradation. But hope comes with a surprising—and touching—group of young people. Meet six brilliant high school students as they prepare for the world's largest high school science competition: the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Inspired by the issues and problems they’ve witnessed in their own communities, these teens propose big ideas and ingenious solutions to the world’s environmental challenges. With unfettered minds and ambition, they descend upon Los Angeles to participate in ISEF and meet thousands of their peers from all over the world. Soon, a sense of global community forms, focused on making the world a better place.

Director Laura Nix trains her eye on her articulate and loveable subjects and goes beyond the notion of the nerdy whiz kid to create a complete portrait of engaged and inspired (and inspiring) youth. An artful and moving film, INVENTING TOMORROW looks optimistically at the future through the passion and forward thinking of these exceptional teens.

Sign up for CVLP Oahu here and CVLP Big Island here!


** Schools will be responsible for their own transportation on Oahu. For Big Island schools, the Hawaii Council for the Humanities is open to helping support transportation with a request or proposal from a teacher/school indicating how many, how much. Please indicated on the signup form if you would like to request help with transportation.

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