About Student Film

The Hawaii Student Film Festival (HSFF) is a nonprofit organization through its fiscal agent The Alliance for Culture & Arts, filed with the Hawaii Community Foundation, Federal ID number: 99-0287137. HSFF is more than an annual festival, HSFF has four primary initiatives: 1) YEAR-ROUND STUDENT OUTREACH PROGRAMS; 2) HSTV (HAWAII STUDENT TELEVISION; 3) HSFF WEB SITE; and 4) ANNUAL HAWAII STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL.

Through our nine carefully integrated student outreach programs, available to more than 400 public and private schools statewide, we have provided services and resources to students, organizations and professionals such as the Hawaii Department of Education Career Pathways, Hawaii Department of Education Teleschool, University of Hawaii, Chaminade University, Kamehameha Schools, Radford high school, Farrington High School, Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii, Big Brothers Big Sister of Honolulu, Pamela Young of KITV4, and Emme Tomimbang of Emme's Island Moments, among many others.

We have developed the first and largest Web site ever to fit Hawaii film and video students' needs, with the largest online student film and television resource center in the state. The Web site also posts internships, jobs and events. HSFF provides local and Hollywood film and television professionals for mentoring and to visit schools to inspire and educate students, such as producers Richard Holland (former V.P. UNIVERSAL PICTURES and ABC) and Peter Saphier (LOST IN SPACE and JAWS), among many others. These industry professionals are also willing to consider Hawaii student submissions for possible representation, distribution, and production considerations.

HBO, INDEPENDENT FILM CHANNEL, NETWORK MEDIA, HAWAII MEDIA INTERNATIONAL, among other local and international television broadcast distributors, have teamed up with HSFF to provide broadcast consideration opportunities to Hawaii film and video students.

HSTV (HAWAII STUDENT TELEVISION) a year-round Hawaii Student Film Festival outreach program gives Hawaii's students (and their schools) hands-on production experience, financial assistants and broadcast exposure while they learn. Businesses and organizations now have the opportunity to have their events, programs, PSA's, and educational or inspirational messages produced into a video by local students, under the guidance and mentoring of experienced film and television professionals, and televised statewide through HSFF's broadcast alliances.

And last, but not least, the annual Hawaii Student Film Festival. Since 1999, the Hawaii Student Film Festival has become the largest student film festival in Hawaii. HSFF considers video and film submissions from the more than 400 public and private schools, elementary through college level, located across the Hawaiian Islands. This year's festival was held on May 28, 2005, at the 50th State Fair. Hawaii's AMERICAN IDOL JORDAN SEGUNDO performed, presented an award and signed autographs. The local student/teen cast from NBC/DISCOVER CHANNEL'S 29 DOWN presented awards. Sassy/G Magazine and the Hyper Squad Dance Company provide youth entertainment to more than 500 attendees, which included students, teachers, schools, family members, youth organizations, community leaders, State Senators and local celebrities. Awards were given to the best student works in several categories. The Festival and winning student films/videos are televised locally, and winners are eligible for national distribution.

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Member, Indiana, PA - December 3, 2014
The whole team gets together two times a week where we brainstorm ideas, work on conceptual designs, and film the movie we are working on. I learned skills such as camera angles and techniques. The hardest part of being in this group is the time it takes to manage the work and get it done in a timely fashion.



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    New York, NY
    My name is Zeke, and I am a film student. To finalize the film, I need proper color correction. It is a drama, and I am submitting it to several film festivals....
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    North Canton, OH
    *Ages 10-16 BOY* GPA of 2.5 or higher *able to act in front of camera* _Summer 15,16 filming_ More if needed *Be able to work any time up to 10 pm* Know...
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