Made In Hawai’i Film Festival Looking to Spotlight Hawaii-Made Music Videos


Hawaii-based musicians, take note: Submissions are officially open for the 3rd annual Made in Hawaii Film Festival, happening on Hawaii Island in late May 2020, and the festival is looking for music videos created in the state.

The independent film festival brings a weekend-long lineup of Hawaii-made content to the Hilo Palace Theater on May 30th and 31st, with a kick-off “Sneak Peek” evening at Kona’s Aloha Theatre on May 23rd.

“One of our goals with MIHFF is to showcase our local creative community, and we know Hawai’i’s pool of talent expands beyond film,” says Zoe Eisenberg, the festival’s Executive Director. “Our Music Matters block provides a platform for both musicians and filmmakers to get their work up on the big screen.”

Filmmaker Jeff Orig and Executive Director of Hawaii Women in Filmmaking Vera Zambonelli  

For the first time, the festival will also award a Best Music Video award to a winning selection.

In addition to music videos, the festival is searching for narrative and documentary shorts and features, experimental films, web series, and films exploring native Hawaiian culture and history. 

Submissions run January 1 through March 15, and filmmakers will be notified about their acceptance by April 1st. To qualify, projects must have at least 50 percent of principal photography shot within the state of Hawaii, completed no earlier than January 2018.

Submissions must go through Film Freeway, and filmmakers can find more information on or on Facebook,

Direct Film Freeway submission can be found here:

Photo credit: Jeremiah Lofgreen


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