2021 Official Selections

 
 
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Horror

A Creature in the Night

 4 min | Directed by the Bishop Brothers

A late night laundry load goes awry when a young girl has a chilling encounter in this eerie horror short.

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Documentary

A Voice for Whales

22 min | Directed by Selket Kaufman
 

This short doc tells the story of Pacific Whale Foundation’s founder Greg Kaufman's fight to save humpback whales from extinction by educating the public about whales and their ocean habitat.

 
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Documentary

'AILA'AU: Forest Eater

 8 min | Directed by Lance Page

A journey through the infamous 2018 eruption of Kilauea's lower east rift zone on the Big Island of Hawaii.

 
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Action

An Occurrence on Channel 38

15 min | Directed by Diq Diamond

After falling into enemy hands, military contractor Peyton Farquhar has his life transformed into a living hell.

 
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Documentary

'Aumakua Hawaiian Spiritual Guardians

25 | Directed by Kenneth K Martinez Burgmaier

Many families in Hawaii have their own spiritual guardians that have existed for generations and are rarely discussed.

 
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Drama

Brown Bodies in a Far Sea

 8 min | Directed by Joshua Co

After hearing about an incoming hurricane, a young girl makes preparations to defend her home.

 
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Thriller

Charity

12 min | Directed by Mitchel Viernes 

A man wakes up to find an ominous stranger in his dining room and is faced with making an impossible decision

 
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Comedy

Cruciball

9 min | Directed by Dan McCoy

When a pot-bellied man joins a peculiar gym with a fondness for yoga balls, he is overwhelmed as the balls begin to invade every aspect of his life.

 
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Series

The Culinary Edge TV: the Poi-Popcalypse

14 min | Directed by Ellard Resignato

This experimental episode of the popular food show The Culinary Edge blurs reality with dystopian elements on the infamous morning of Saturday, January 13, 2018.

 
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Thriller

Daymare

34 min | Directed by William Guanzon

A group of high school seniors become targets of a masked psychopath in this tribute to the beloved slasher flicks of the 90s.

 
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Documentary

Dear Mother Nature

30 min | Directed by Tim Kressin

Wyn Wiley (he/him), aka Pattie Gonia (she/her), has made waves over the past year as an environmental advocate drag queen. We follow Wyn as he travels to Hawaii to see first-hand the impacts of careless consumption and plastics on Mother Nature.

 
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Music

Doors

 3 min | Directed by Braininacat

Many doors will open with the latest from 3D abstract and surrealist animator Braininacat.

 
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Drama

Down on the Sidewalk in Waikīkī

 20 min | Directed by Justyn Ah Chong

Between growing frustrations toward cleaning up after tourists and reflections on a traumatizing memory, a voice rises from within a soft-spoken, Hawaiian janitor down on the sidewalk in Waikiki. This narrative short film is inspired by a collection of poetry published posthumously featuring the work of Kanaka Maoli poet Wayne Kaumualii Westlake (1947-84).

 
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Series

Dungeons & Drag Queens

18 min | Directed by Alexandra Livingston

Featuring the talents of Honolulu’s premier drag queens, we meet Rees and her faithful companions as they journey to reclaim the kingdom’s family jewels.

 
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Comedy

Extra

17 min | Directed by Deborah Glazier

Despite her talent and drive, actress Chelsea Harland constantly finds herself sidelined to extra roles due to her unremarkable looks.

 
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Music

Far Away

3 min | Directed by Chase Kauhane and Kelsi Kauhane

This song and video is about being separated from your 'ohana in a time of need.

 
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Documentary

Finding Balance

6 min | Directed by Polina Gorman

Born and raised in Honolulu, Robin deals with the daily impact of acoustic neuroma as it affects her personal relationships and her expectations of getting older.

 
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Music

Good Day Song

5 min | Directed by Dane Neves

An optimistic puppet guides you through a music video featuring 30 unique people in 30 unique places, sharing provocative quotes that have helped them through personal adversity.

 
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Drama

The Good Father

10 min | Directed by Kyle Motonaga

Young Jake gains the strength to confront his single father, Frank, and free himself from the baggage of his home-life.

 
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Drama

Hawaiian Soul

20 min | Directed by ʻĀina Paikai 

Against the backdrop of the 1970s native rights movement, George Helm, a young Hawaiian activist and musician must gain the support of kūpuna (community elders) from Maui to aid in the fight of protecting the precious neighboring island of Kahoʻolawe from military bombing.

 
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Music

Heartbeat

4 min | Directed by Chase Kauhane

Set to a song about pursuing your dreams despite challenges, this music video takes us on a journey with brothers Chase and Carl Kauhane as they explore their home island in search of a fresh perspective.

 
Action

Higher

14 min | Directed by Fairai Richmond

Higher tells the tale of seven people struggling with addiction on one day in Honolulu, and how chance plays a part in bringing their lives together.

 
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Horror

Hōkio

10 min | Directed by Mitchel Viernes

A home-care nurse is in for a night of unexpected horrors when she fills in for a colleague's patient.

 
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Music

Howzit

3 min | Directed by Jordan Christopher

Artist Knowledge Iz, dishwasher at a Hilo restaurant, raps about his day-to-day life and what things are really like for a musician who works a 9-5 job.

 
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Drama

Hurting Inside

12 min | Directed by Bruno Lemos

A young man who suffers from bipolar depression finds himself washed up on a deserted island after a failed attempt to take his own life.

 
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Music

ILLYINDÉ

3 min | Directed by Cory K. Riley

A dynamic, high energy music video from the album "Kuleana" by Thomas Iannucci.

 
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Mockumentary

In Search of Hawaiian Bigfoot: The Maui Skunk Ape

29 min | Directed by MarQ Morrison

Award-Winning, Micro-Documentary Filmmaker "MarQ" takes a look at the little known folklore of the Hawaiian Bigfoot.

 
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Series

Interrogation Training
(Waikiki P.D.)

7 min | Directed by Jeff Orig

Officer Stan Oh uses non-traditional training techniques to teach the station dispatcher the latest interrogation methods in this episode of Honolulu's hilarious cult hit Waikiki P.D.

 
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Drama

Kama'āina

15 min | Directed by Kimi Howl Lee

A queer sixteen-year-old girl, Mahina, resides in the predominantly Native Hawaiian neighborhood of Wai’anae, Oahu. After suffering abuse from her stepfather, Mahina must navigate life on the streets, until she eventually finds refuge at the Pu’uhonua o Wai’anae––Hawaiʻi’s largest organized homeless encampment.

 
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Documentary

Laurie Rubin

9 min | Directed by Justin Kimata

A short documentary depicting the life of renowned opera singer Laurie Rubin and her challenges of being born blind.

 
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Documentary

The Life Mask

4 min | Directed by Dominik Walczuk

A moment with maskmaker Kozmo Mimzi as he describes his first time experiencing the craft of the life mask.

 
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Series

Like Maddah

15min | Directed by Stacy Fukuhara-Barclay

A local Japanese mom returns home to Hawaii to her annoying family.

 
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Drama

The Longing Fade

8 min | Directed by Kaveh Karden 

A lonely woman longs to connect with a stranger who doesn't know she exists.

 
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Drama

Mama's Bench

9 min | Directed by Jonathan Melikidse

Two lonely souls find each other at a park bench.

 
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Thriller

Mannequin

10 min | Directed by Clark Jacoby Davis

After one roommate brings home a mannequin as a joke, things quickly escalate from weird to scary.

 
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Drama

Maybe

10 min | Directed by Kat Cole

After an unexpected encounter in Waikiki, a young girl explores her sexuality in secret, causing new rifts between her and her religious Filipino family.

 
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Drama

Moloka'i Bound

9 min | Directed by Alika Maikau

A wayward young man recently released from prison struggles to reconnect with his son and Hawaiian heritage.

 
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Drama

Mo'o!

17 min | Directed by Anela Ling

Two grieving cousins navigate O'ahu’s haunted terrain in search of life - before and after.

 
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Dance

Other People

9 min | Directed by Bryson Chun

Hot guys. Hot dogs. Hot water. A break up film like no other.

 
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Documentary

Paradise Under Siege

3 min | Directed by Devon Foster

The rain forests of Hawaii are under fire. The people of the island are fighting back to save their home.

 
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Documentary

Parental Guidance Suggested

18 min | Directed by Dane Neves

Real parents seek advice from leaders in Hawai'i’s LGBTQI+ community on how to better understand their gay son. To keep their identities anonymous, the parents’ recording will be re-enacted with puppets.

 
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Drama

The Pit Where We Were Born

12 min | Directed by Alexander Bocchieri

A father and son reunite around the family 'imu of their Wai'anae farm, to reckon with addiction, control, and a past that continues to color their future.

 
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Series

Potluck with Smooch: Lolo Lau Lau

32 min | Directed by Diq Diamond

After eating some bad 'shrooms and becoming separated from the ChronicCrew, Smooch searches for the jungle grow-camp where he spent his summers as a young man.

 
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Documentary

Rcycld.Bugs

3 min | Directed by Jordan Christopher

Rcycld.Bugs is an abstract nature short about the tiny world around us.

 
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Series

Reel Wāhine of Hawai‘i
Season 2

53 min | Directed by Vera Zambonelli, Shirley Thompson, Kimberlee Bassford, Taylour Chang, Robin Lung and Renea Veneri Stewart

Redressing gender inequity in the film industry, Reel Wāhine of Hawai‘i documents the real-life stories of Hawai‘i women filmmakers through a female gaze in six short portraits that reveal untold stories of local activists and artists who preserve Hawai‘i history and culture through film.

 
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Drama

Reverence

18 min | Directed by Kelii Grace

In ancient Hawaiʻi, a warrior was entrusted with the sacred act of hiding his beloved chief’s bones. To ensure they would never be found, he traveled in secret.

 
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Thriller

River Street

10 min | Directed by Jana Park Moore

A beautiful ghost wanders the streets of Honolulu's Chinatown, searching for her true love.

 
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Documentary

Rubyanna Mahina

4 min | Directed by Rubyanna Mahina

Legally blind artist Rubyanna explores how she has been artistically freed, not hindered, by her disability.

 
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Drama

Run

12 min | Directed by Fairai Richmond

A young actor struggles with self doubt on the day of an audition.

 
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Drama

Sellout

17 min | Directed by Randall Galius Jr.

Two friends put too much of themselves into the screenplay they are writing.

 
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Drama

Sequela

18 min | Directed by Nathaniel Lee Tracy

Completely unaware that she is just moments away from being murdered at the hands of her abusive boyfriend, Amy’s pair of ragtag guardian angels lock down their tried and true game plan only to discover circumstances have changed.

 
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Documentary

Standing Above the Clouds

16 min | Directed by Jalena Keane-Lee

This inter-generational story follows three sets of mothers and daughters indigenous to the Big Island of Hawaii at the forefront of the movement to protect their sacred mountain from an eighteen story, Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT).

 
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Documentary

Swarm Season

85 min | Directed by Sarah J Christman

Ten year old Manu and her mother catch swarms of wild honeybees in order to breed disease resistant colonies as her father takes part in the native Hawaiian movement to protect the sacred Mauna Kea mountain from the construction of a massive telescope.

 
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Drama

Teammates

12 min | Directed by Alexander Deedy

At tryouts for the track team at his new high school, a transfer student must decide if it's worth bullying another student to fit in.

 
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Documentary

Teeth

13 min | Directed by Aaron Schnobrich

In this intimate portrait of sex trafficking in the Aloha state, Hawaiian grandmother Angelica’s healing from sexual abuse as a child parallels the fixing of knocked out and rotten teeth.

 
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Documentary

This is the Way We Rise

12 min | Directed by Ciara Lacy

An intimate exploration into the creative process of slam poet Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio as her calling to protect Mauna Kea reinvigorates.

 
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Comedy

Three Reasons to Kiss

11 min | Directed by Ta'ltosh

A K-drama addict friend-zones her hopelessly-in-love roommate, only to realizes she loves him and must win him back when he goes out with another woman.

 
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Music

Tiger Monkey Jungle

3 min | Directed by Chad Thurman

Take a ride to the darkest, deepest part of the jungle, in your mind! Ride the beats and see the madness of Tiger Monkey Jungle.

 
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Documentary

Tokyo Hula

72 min | Directed by Lisette Flanary

Tokyo Hula explores the explosive popularity of the hula dance in Japan from both Native Hawaiian and Japanese perspectives.

 
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Comedy

Waikiki P.D.

75 min | Directed by Jeff Orig

Waikiki P.D. follows Officer Ha Ming’s inadvertent rise in the ranks from lowly dispatcher to “real” cop in Hawaii’s worst police department. When he stumbles upon a huge network of illegal smuggling, the officers of Waikiki P.D. must take down this group of Russian mobsters.

 
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Drama

With the Tide

13 min | Directed by Mitchel Viernes

A young woman spends one final day with the man she loves, and reminisces on the events that brought their lives together.

 
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Documentary

Xiqu Goes West

12 min | Directed by Scott E. Schimmel

As western cultural expansion wreaks havoc on traditional Chinese arts, four Chinese opera masters travel to Hawaii to train a group of American students in their disappearing craft.

 
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Music

You Were Once Wild

3 min | Directed by Dom Walczuk

Explore the world of reflections within dance.