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DKII Student Film Initiative

2019 Daniel K. Inouye Institute Student Film Initiative - Information Coming Soon!


Below is a recap of the 2018 DKII Student Film Initiative Program

The Daniel K Inouye Institute (DKII) in partnership with the Hawaii International Film Festival launched a middle and high school student short film contest with the goal of having student creatives explore and interpret the themes from the late Senator Daniel K Inouye’s historic keynote speech from the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

Participating filmmakers chose 1 of the 4 themes/excerpts from Senator Inouye’s 1968 speech. These filmmakers produced a short film that best signifies their chosen theme (no more than 3 minutes in length). The content of the short film can be open to all genres and themes, either fiction or non-fiction. Students were allowed to submit group projects with a group limit of 5 students.

The chosen student films were presented at the 38th Annual Hawaii International Film Festival (November 8-18)  in a special presentation screening as part of the Festival’s annual Student Showcase. 

These finalists were be given industry filmmaker badges that will provide them unprecedented access to HIFF (free screenings, panel talks, party entry).

The Grand Prize student filmmaker received a $250 cash award and their school won a “Get Out and GO” Box which included a GoPro HERO6 and a $50 Best Buy gift card. The Second Place award included $100 cash for the student filmmaker and a GoPRO HERO for their school.

Finalists were also be invited to attend the FUTURE FILMMAKER LUNCHEON, which followed the DKII Shorts screening. Participants, teachers and select guests attended this luncheon, with actor HARRY SHUM, JR. (GLEE, SHADOWHUNTERS, CRAZY RICH ASIANS) as the special guest. He participated in a moderated discussion, led by YOMYOMF creative director Philip W. Chung, where Shum openly discussed his career, tips for emerging filmmakers, and the changing media landscape.

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


  • November 17, 2018:
    11:00am - 12:30pm: Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 — Daniel K. Inouye Institute (DKII) Student Short Initiative Program
    1:00pm - 3:00pm: Wai Wai Collective — DKII Future Filmmakers Luncheon w/ ‘A Conversation with Harry Shum, Jr.’ (Invite Only)


About Harry Shum, Jr.:


Harry Shum Jr. may be best-known for his role on GLEE as Mike Chang, a football player with serious dancing abilities who ends up joining the Glee Club despite the fact that, especially as a football player, it means social suicide. Mike went from a supporting character on “Glee” to one of its main stars, and Harry has received immense praise across the board from his co-stars, producers and fans.

Harry can currently be seen starring as the eccentric warlock Magnus Bane in the highly anticipated SHADOWHUNTERS. The series is based on the bestselling YA fantasy series “The Mortal Instruments” by Cassandra Clare about a teenage girl who discovers on her 18th birthday that she comes from a long line of Shadowhunters, a group of human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons. The series launch on Freeform was their #1 series debut in over two years.

Most recently, Harry is seen in Warner Brothers feature CRAZY RICH ASIANS. A box office giant, this will be the 4th project in which he has worked with director Jon M. Chu.

Upcoming, Harry can be seen in the Sly Stallone produced feature ESCAPE PLAN 3: DEVIL’S STATION as well as independent film BURN directed by Mike Gan.

Harry also starred in the Netflix Original feature CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON II – THE GREEN DESTINY, the sequel to the Academy Award-winning martial arts film. The new film is set 20 years after the events of Crouching Tiger and revolves around four heroes of the martial arts world. The film released in all Netflix territories as well as a successful theatrical release in China.

In addition, Harry starred in the series SINGLE BY 30, which released on YouTube Red. The series created and directed by WongFu Productions, originated as a short on YouTube. Also on the judging panel of truTV’s “Fake Off,” Harry returned for Season 2 of the competition series that takes viewers into the visually stunning world of Faking: a mix of theater, acrobatics, black light and illusion.

In addition to acting, Harry is founder and executive producer of REMIXED, a weekly 15-minute YouTube show that brings together amazing dancers and musicians for unique collaborations. He also starred in, produced and co-choreographed The LXD (Legion of Extraordinary Dancers), an online dance adventure created by director Jon M. Chu (STEP UP 3D).

Born in San Jose, Costa Rica and raised in both Northern and Southern California, Harry began dancing in high school and soon after discovered acting. After making the move to Los Angeles, Harry landed a touring dance gig with Kaci and subsequently with such top artists as Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Ashanti, Chris Brown, Jennifer Lopez and Raven. He also was cast as a “silhouette” in the original and highly successful Apple iPod commercial and print campaign.

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