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

Last year's Hawaii Shorts opened at the Waikiki Aquarium for an evening of short films under the stars! Festival attendees picnic on blankets as they enjoyed films that included animation and family comedies along with thought provoking documentaries.

The festival also showcased 10 Hawaiian filmmakers and 26 international films to island locals at the popular Kahala Theatres.

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 is the quality and scope of extraordinary film programming.

Grand Prize
Best Drama
Best Comedy
Best Animation
Best Documentary
Best of Hawaii
Best Family Film
Best Ocean Film


Films must have been completed after September 1, 2016
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.