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Made in Hawai'i Women's Film Fund

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.

MEMBERS

Zoe Eisenberg
FOUNDER

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 Week
FOUNDING MEMBER

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
FOUNDING MEMBER

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

A professional screenwriter with numerous produced credits to her name, Amy was born in Kona and raised on Hue Hue Ranch on Hawaii Island. As a young girl, her passion for reading evolved into a love for writing. A longtime fan of the romance genre, Amy centers her scripts around meaningful stories of love, family, and friendship. After her acceptance into the State of Hawaii’s Creative Lab program, her spec script, My Christmas Wish (2020), was optioned,  produced and has a television release scheduled for late 2020. Her scripts Delivering Christmas (2017) and My Christmas Inn (2018) were produced and aired on Lifetime.

 

This project is sponsored by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, working to improve the lives of Native Hawaiians.

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