The Hawaii Shorts International Film Festival showcases the best short films and its filmmakers from around the world.

Last year's Hawaii Shorts was held at the Hawaii Academy of Performing Arts showcased 31 films from 26 countries, including the Lebanon, Denmark, Spain, United Kingdom, France, Peru, Argentina, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, China and USA.

In 2015 the festival was held at the Kahala Theater and in our inaugural year the Koko Marina 8 Theaters in Honolulu on the island of Oahu.

We believe that short form cinema and its creators should have their own premier film festival in Hawaii deserving similar recognition given to the feature film and its creators. The heart of the festival will be our quality and scope of extraordinary film programming.

Awards & Prizes

Grand Prize
Best Foreign Film
Best Drama
Best Comedy
Best Animation
Best Documentary
Best of Hawaii

Rules & Terms


Films must have been completed after September 1, 2015
All non-English films must have English sub-titles.
All films must be submitted via online screeners.
Works-in-progress will be considered, provided they will be completed prior to the Festival.
Please do NOT send stills or press kits. If your film is selected we will ask you to email us a still image.
You may submit more than one film, but you must complete a separate entry form and pay entry fee for each film.