Education Program

DKII Student Film Initiative

2019 Daniel K. Inouye Institute Student Film Initiative

Click Here for DKII/HIFF Student Submission Form  (Deadline: October 1)

Photo 1143 Senator with Flag on US Capitol: Then Congressman Daniel K. Inouye (Hawaii’s first elected U.S. Representative) with American flag with 50 stars in Washington D.C., U.S. Capitol.

Photo: Senator with Flag on US Capitol: Then Congressman Daniel K. Inouye (Hawaii’s first elected U.S. Representative) with American flag with 50 stars in Washington D.C., U.S. Capitol.


2019 marks the 60th anniversary of statehood in Hawaii. Featuring archived items of historical importance from the DKII collection, student filmmakers will be asked to reflect on what this moment in time means to them, and where they see Hawaii going in the next 40 years of our centennial of statehood. Students may use these items as inspiration directly or indirectly in their work, as well as draw upon current day objects that reflect modern day themes and perspectives.

Finalists will be selected by a panel of judges to present at HIFF 2019 in a special presentation screening as part of the Festival’s annual Student Showcase. These finalists will be given industry filmmaker badges that will provide them unprecedented access to HIFF (free screenings, panel talks, party entry). Finalists can win cash and camera equipment! Students will also have the opportunity to have a meet and greet with a VIP guest. Last year's VIP guest was Harry Shum Jr! 


Guidelines:


  • Deadline - October 1st
  • Students can submit in groups of up to 5. All students in a group must be listed in the submission form at the time of submission. 
  • Projects can be up to 5 minutes in length. 
  • Students can submit projects via Google Drive in the submission link. 
  • Films may be made with iphones, projects should be submitted as an MOV or MP4. 
  • Students may recreate objects from the Daniel K. Inouye collection, or draw inspiration from them. 
  • A full list of collection items may be found here

Daniel K. Inouye Institute Student Film Initiative Events during the 39th Annual Hawaii International Film Festival:


● FUTURE FILMMAKER LUNCHEON: All participating youth filmmakers in this year’s contest will be invited to a hosted lunch and keynote speech with several young and established talents. Post speech there will be extended Q&A time at student’s individual tables, allowing for more one on one discourse.

● NEW MEDIA CAMP: A workshop led by a filmmaker and DKII representative where students will be guided on the use of their prize GO PRO and have an extended discussion on the use of media in activism. *This will take place after the festival at the winning student’s school and when appropriate for the school.

For more info on the DKII Student Film Initiative, and inquiries on how to participate, e-mail Nancy McDonald.

Click Here for DKII/HIFF Student Submission Form (Deadline: October 1)

Photo: VIP Guest Harry Shum. Jr with HIFF Executive Director Beckie Stocchetti, Mrs. Inouye and one of last year's DKII Student Film finalists.

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