Call for Entries

HIFF 2018 Call for Entries is now OPEN! DEADLINES EXTENDED until JULY 27.

Welcome filmmakers! The HIFF 2018 festival will take place November 8-18, 2018 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 2018 Rules and Regulations for exact requirements by clicking on the link below. Notification of film acceptance status will be announced approximately by September 2018 (DKII Initiative notification November 1st). There is a $20 fee for films submitted in the MADE IN HAWAII category.


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Submission Categories

Features (40+ minutes)Shorts (up to 39 minutes)Pacific Islander ShowcaseMade in Hawaii
Narrative FeatureNarrative ShortPacific Islander Showcase Features & Shorts*Made in Hawaii Features & Shorts
Documentary FeatureDocumentary Short Student & DKII Initiative (Hawaii Residents, 18 & Under)**

* 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 Showcase and DKII Initiative categories (Hawaii Residents, 18 and Under) are exclusively for students who are residents of the State of Hawaii.

Submission Deadlines and Fees

All submissions must go through Films must have been completed after January 1, 2017.

2018 Submission CostsFeaturesShortsPacific Islander Showcase Features & ShortsMade in HawaiiStudent & DKII (Hawaii Residents, 18 & Under)
Feb. 7 – Mar. 7$45.00$35.00$35.00$20.00Free
Mar. 8 – May 14$55.00$45.00$35.00$20.00Free
May 15 – Jul. 27 for Feature length films May 15 – Jul. 27 for Short films
Jul. 10 – Aug. 1 for Student FilmsN/AN/AN/AN/AFree

Jul. 10 - Oct. 15 for DKII Initiative FilmsN/AN/AN/AN/AFree

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, 2018, and will not be charged a submission fee (Hawaii residents only). Please see the Rules and Regulations guide for more information. 

The DKII Film Initiative (Hawaii Residents, 18 years of age and under) category deadline is on October 15, 2018, and will not be charged a submission fee (Hawaii residents only). Please see the Daniel K. Inouye Student Film Initiative page 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

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