Made in Hawai'i Women's Film Fund
In the past thirty years, there have been only three (3) narrative feature films directed by a woman and shot in the state of Hawai'i, compared to dozens of narrative features directed by men.
To address this, the Made in Hawai’i Women’s Film Fund aggregates financial support through grants and donations to help finance women-led narrative feature films shot in the state of Hawai’i.
Our mission is to elevate women’s voices within the aloha state by putting women in front of and behind the camera in an effort to improve gender parity within the local industry, provide women creatives with opportunity for leadership and growth, and promote women’s financial security by allowing them to increase ownership of their own intellectual property.
Selected MIHWFF projects are created by women, spotlight women at the center of their stories, and must pledge to hire a minimum of 50 percent women in above-the-line AND below-the line crew positions.
All donations made to MIHWFF are 100 percent tax deductible.
Zoe Eisenberg is a Hawa’i’i-based writer, producer and director. A 2019 Creative Lab Hawai’i Producing Fellow and an active member of Film Fatales, Eisenberg’s work has played on Hawaiian Airlines, shown theatrically and won awards including Best Hawai’i Feature (Hawai’i Film Critics Society 2019) and Best Narrative Feature (Austin Indie Film Fest 2019). As a screenwriter, her work has placed in the Page Awards and the Austin Film Festival Script Competition. She is the co-founder of the circus arts production collective Aerial Arts Hawai’i, the co-founder and Executive Director of the Made in Hawai’i Film Festival, and a founding member of Creative Entrepreneurs of Hawai'i. Eisenberg is passionate about supporting and growing the independent film community in Hawai’i.
Alison specializes in managing documentary film crews on international productions. Prior clients include NBC/Universal Op-Docs, NHK World, BBC Reel, Verizon and Business Insider. Alison has guided teams from development through post-production, launched successful crowdfunding campaigns, and coordinated impact screening tours. She was selected to speak at SXSW and Allied Media Conference as a documentary producer. A 2019 Creative Lab Hawai’i Producers Lab fellow, she now continues to tell meaningful stories through film on the island where she was born and raised. She recently created Hawai'i Doc Club, a filmmaking workshop that aims to support emerging producers in Hawaii and across the Pacific to hone their own documentary filmmaking skills.
Jana Park Moore
Jana is an award-winning filmmaker and entrepreneur who was born in Honolulu and raised on Moloka`i and Oahu. Her films have screened at festivals from Alaska to Florida and on the islands of Oahu, Lanai, Hawaii, and Guam, as well as internationally in Tokyo, England and Cambodia. She was the first female Director/Producer to win Showdown in Chinatown’s Championships competition and her short film “Dillon” (Producer) won Best Cinematography and Best Short at the Worldwide Women’s Film Festival 2019. Jana studied Politics and Filmmaking at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, earning a B.A. in Political Science with a Minor in Women's Studies. She is currently the Director of Special Events at the Hawai'i Filmmakers Collective.
Amy Alohilani Bircher
Amy was born in Kona and raised on Hu'ehu'e Ranch on Hawai'i Island. After participating in the State of Hawai'i's Creative Lab Program, her spec script, Christmas Comes Home, was optioned, produced, and will air on the Lifetime channel in 2021. As a young girl attending public school in Hawai'i, Amy was exposed to a variety of rich cultures. While she broke into the business with scripts set on the mainland, she is passionate about sharing stories influenced by her diverse upbringing and deep love for her island home. Her upcoming projects, both set in Hawai'i, include The Christmas Lu'au and a family adventure, Fantastic Notion. Her other produced credits include Delivering Christmas and My Christmas Inn, which both aired on Lifetime.