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The Honolulu Film Awards is a crossroads of the world, bridging the gap between East and West and held annually on the beautiful island of Oahu, Hawaii. Surrounded by the sparkling Pacific and spectacular scenery, the Honolulu Film Awards recognizes outstanding achievement in filmmaking from around the world. It is our mission to showcase the finest independent cinema the world has to offer while helping to advance the careers of promising filmmakers by providing a platform through which their talents can be recognized.

The Honolulu Film Awards offers a variety of film screenings, special Hawaiian premieres, celebrity tributes, interactive panel discussions, a screenplay competition, a filmmaker reception luau, as well as a closing award ceremony and brunch.

The Honolulu Film Awards is accepting submissions for Features, Shorts, Documentaries, Student Films, Action Sports Films, Foreign Films, Environmental Films, Music Videos, Screenplays, Television Pilots, Experimental Films and Hawaii Films. 

Awards

  • Grand Jury Award
  • Special Jury Prize
  • Gold Kahuna Award
  • Silver Lei Award
  • Aloha Accolade
  • Best Feature
  • Best Documentary Feature
  • Best Short Film
  • Best Documentary Short
  • Best Foreign Film
  • Best Director
  • Best First-time Director
  • Best Screenplay
  • Best Actor / Actress
  • Best Hawaii Film
  • Best Action Sports Film
  • Best Student Film
  • Best Experimental Film
  • Best Animation
  • Best Music Video
  • Best Television Pilot

Screenplay Competition:

  • First Place,
  • Second Place,
  • Third Place,
  • Ten Finalists.

Rules

  • Short films are under 50 minutes.  Feature films are over 50 minutes.
  • More than one entry may be submitted.

SCREENPLAY COMPETITION: 

  • Screenplays written by up to four people may be entered in the competition.
  • You may submit multiple entries.
  • You retain all rights to your work submitted.
  • Screenplays should be in standard screenplay format and should be no longer than 180 pages.
  • Short screenplays (under 50 pages) are accepted.
  • Submissions must be the original work of the applicant. Entries, however, may be adapted from other works.
  • If the script is based on a true story, historical or contemporary, that should be noted on the title page of the script.

Submit your work online via Filmfreeway.

Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Documents

Place

United States
Honolulu

Official website

honolulufilmawards.com

Contacts

Address:

1253 S. Beretania Street
#2411
Honolulu, HI 96814
United States

Email: 
hello@honolulufilmawards.com

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening date
    March 11, 2018
  • Earlybird Deadline
    August 21, 2018
  • Regular Deadline
    November 20, 2018
  • Late Deadline
    January 20, 2019
  • Extended Deadline
    March 10, 2019
  • Notifications
    May 05, 2019
  • Event dates
    5 May 2019
Categories & Fees

Animations over 50 minutes in length.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $35
  • Regular Deadline — $40
  • Late Deadline — $44
  • Extended Deadline — $55

Narrative films of any category or genre under 50 minutes in length.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $30
  • Regular Deadline — $35
  • Late Deadline — $40
  • Extended Deadline — $50

Narrative films of any category or genre over 50 minutes in length.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $35
  • Regular Deadline — $40
  • Late Deadline — $45
  • Extended Deadline — $55

Documentary films of any category or genre under 50 minutes in length.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $30
  • Regular Deadline — $35
  • Late Deadline — $40
  • Extended Deadline — $50

Documentary films of any category or genre over 50 minutes in length.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $35
  • Regular Deadline — $40
  • Late Deadline — $45
  • Extended Deadline — $55
  • Earlybird Deadline — $30
  • Regular Deadline — $35
  • Late Deadline — $40
  • Extended Deadline — $50
  • Earlybird Deadline — $30
  • Regular Deadline — $35
  • Late Deadline — $40
  • Extended Deadline — $50

Films made by Hawaiian filmmakers or films about or produced in Hawaii.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $35
  • Regular Deadline — $40
  • Late Deadline — $45
  • Extended Deadline — $50
  • Earlybird Deadline — $30
  • Regular Deadline — $35
  • Late Deadline — $45
  • Extended Deadline — $55

Films of any length or genre that were written, directed, or produced by a currently enrolled student.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $35
  • Regular Deadline — $40
  • Late Deadline — $45
  • Extended Deadline — $55
  • Earlybird Deadline — $35
  • Regular Deadline — $40
  • Late Deadline — $45
  • Extended Deadline — $55
  • Earlybird Deadline — $35
  • Regular Deadline — $40
  • Late Deadline — $45
  • Extended Deadline — $55
  • Earlybird Deadline — $35
  • Regular Deadline — $40
  • Late Deadline — $45
  • Extended Deadline — $55

Screenplays over 50 pages.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $35
  • Regular Deadline — $40
  • Late Deadline — $45
  • Extended Deadline — $55

Screenplays under 50 pages.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $30
  • Regular Deadline — $35
  • Late Deadline — $40
  • Extended Deadline — $50

Animations under 50 minutes in length.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $30
  • Regular Deadline — $35
  • Late Deadline — $40
  • Extended Deadline — $50
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