Honolulu, April 15, 2013– The Academy for Creative Media (ACM) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) is proud to present the 2013 ACM Awards Showcase Screenings and ACM Awards Ceremony.

Designed to bring the UHM community together to celebrate our student accomplishments, all UHM students and the public are invited to attend these very special events. ACM Students will first debut their newest films during the ACM Awards Showcase Screenings on April 26th and April 27th. These films will be judged by the UHM audience and ACM faculty, and then awards will be presented on May 3rd at the ACM Awards Ceremony.

ACM Awards Showcase Screenings
During the final week of instruction, ACM will host the Showcase Screenings in the Art Auditorium. At 6:00pm on Friday April 26h and Saturday April 27th, ACM will show a marathon of all submitted films, which ACM students have been feverishly working on for this special end of the year screening event. These films will include narratives, documentaries, experimentals and animations. In many cases, this will be the first time an audience has seen these films so anticipation is very high! The audience is encouraged to come and vote for the Audience Award winner. ACM Filmmakers who will be screening work during the showcase are encouraged to bring all of their cast, crew, family and friends to the screenings and vote. We will be serving complementary local style food and admission is free. A panel of faculty judges will select the winning films from several categories, all of which will be presented at the ACM Awards Ceremony to be held one week later on May 3rd.

ACM Awards Ceremony:
On Friday May 3rd the ACM Awards Ceremony will be held in the Art Auditorium at 6:00pm. Awards will be presented in the following categories:

Best Drama
Best Comedy
Best Documentary
Best Experimental
Best Animation
Best Directing
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Sound
Best Production Design

In addition, Maka Maoli Native Vision Indigenous Film Award, the Abernethy Screenwriting Awards, the Scholar Award, the Grace Award, the Imagine Award, the ACM Audience Award, and other special awards will be presented at the ACM Awards ceremony as well.

Local business and community leaders Roy and Hilda Takeyama will be honored with the ACM FRIEND AWARD at the ACM Awards Ceremony, for their continuous support and contributions in promoting ACM student films and nurturing ACM filmmakers throughout the years. Mr. Roy Takeyama was UH Regent chair of the board and served as deputy state attorney general.

Please go to the ACM website for additional information:

ACM Awards Showcase Screenings
6:00pm, Friday April 26th & Saturday April 27th
Art Auditorium, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

ACM Awards Ceremony
6:00pm, Friday May 3rd
Art Auditorium, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa