Building on the success of the inaugural year of the Daniel K. Inouye Student Film Initiative, the Daniel K. Inouye Institute (DKII) and the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) will again hold a youth film contest. In 2019 the major goal of the initiative will be to increase outreach and receive submissions from students on all islands.
This year, 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. The 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.
Listening to student feedback from our inaugural year, we will increase the time limit on projects to up to 5 minutes in length. We will also select a High School and Elementary/Middle School awardee and an overall grand prize winner selected from all the entries.
Finalists will be chosen to be presented 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).
As part of this Initiative, HIFF will create specialty programs and events at their 39th annual festival, highlighted by two key events:
- FUTURE FILMMAKER LUNCHEON: Young filmmakers will be invited to a hosted lunch and attend a keynote speech with several young and established talents (i.e. a hip director, or actor, or social media influencer that HIFF will book). 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 when appropriate for the school.