Call for Entries

HIFF 2019 Call for Entries are Open!

Welcome filmmakers! The HIFF 2019 festival will take place November 7-17, 2019 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 2019 Rules and Regulations for exact requirements by clicking on the link below. Notification of film acceptance status will be announced approximately by September 2019. There is a $20 fee for films submitted in the MADE IN HAWAII category.

Apply Online through Film Freeway

Hawaii International Film Festival now proudly accepts entries via FilmFreeway, the world's #1 submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD screeners, unlimited video storage, filmmaker profiles, and more.

Apply Online through Withoutabox

HIFF is also 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 Inc. or its affiliates.

STUDENTS Apply Online Using The Links Below

In 2019 all student applications for High School and University Students will be accepted directly through HIFF using the links below. There is no application fee for student submissions. Please click on the links below to access the application form on FilmFreeway for the following categories:




*Links under CATEGORIES & FEES Section on FilmFreeway

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 Univ. Student, 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, 2018.

2019 Submission CostsFeaturesShortsPacific Islander Showcase Features & ShortsMade in HawaiiUniv. Student, Student & DKII (Hawaii Residents, 18 & Under)
Feb. 7 – Mar. 7$45.00$35.00$35.00$20.00Free
Mar. 8 – May 16$55.00$45.00$35.00$20.00Free
May 17 – June 27  
June 27 – Aug. 1 for Student Films ONLYN/AN/AN/AN/AFree

We encourage all non-student film entries have their screeners uploaded through the FilmFreeway or Withoutabox video streaming platforms or a password protected YouTube or Vimeo link information can also be provided via a film entry record.

The University Student (Hawaii Residents, current University Students) and Student (Hawaii Residents, Under 18 years of age) category deadline is on August 1, 2019, 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 August 1, 2019, and will not be charged a submission fee (Hawaii residents only). Please see the Daniel K. Inouye Student Film Initiative page for more information.


Contact the programming staff with any questions.

Tel: (808) 792-1577 x7

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