Academy for Creative Media celebrates 10 years with screenings and awards

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
George Chun Han Wang, (808) 956-0753
Associate Professor, Academy for Creative Media
Posted: Apr 30, 2014

Nawahine Kuraoka and Joanne Yoneshige in "The Lei Makers," directed by Allison Kennedy.
Nawahine Kuraoka and Joanne Yoneshige in "The Lei Makers," directed by Allison Kennedy.
Erin Lau and Reynolds Barney, filming "Day Pass."
Erin Lau and Reynolds Barney, filming "Day Pass."
ACM students film in the Cook Islands.
ACM students film in the Cook Islands.

Celebrating its 10-year anniversary, the Academy for Creative Media (ACM) at UH Mānoa is proud to present its 2014 ACM Awards Showcase Screenings and ACM Awards Ceremony. Designed to bring the UHM community together to celebrate ACM’s student accomplishments, everyone is invited to attend these highly anticipated events.

ACM students will debut their newest films during the ACM Awards Showcase Screenings on Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3. These films will be judged by the audience and ACM faculty, with awards to be presented on Friday, May 9, at the ACM Awards Ceremony. Both events begin at 6 p.m. at the Art Auditorium.

At the May 9 awards ceremony, the hit CBS television show Hawaiʻi 5-0 will be honored with the ACM Friend Award for its continuous support and contributions in nurturing ACM filmmakers through the successful ACM/Hawaiʻi 5-0 internship program.

Also at the ACM Awards Ceremony, Chuck Boller, Director Emeritus of the Hawaiʻi International Film Festival (HIFF), will announce the film recipients of the HIFF Student Support Award.  It was established to provide funding for ACM students to screen their films at the Shanghai International Film Festival’s (SIFF) Sino-U.S. Shorts Program, and allow them to participate in the ACM SMART Exchange in Shanghai, which will be held in June 2014.

As the leading film school in the Pacific, ACM currently offers a Bachelor of Arts degree through the College of Arts and Humanities at UHM. With over 200 students in one of the fastest growing majors at the University, ACM offers a core curriculum of 39 courses in three distinct tracks: Digital Cinema, Animation and Critical Studies.

ACM Awards Showcase Screenings
During the final week of instruction, ACM will host the Showcase Screenings in the Art Auditorium on the UHM campus. At 6 p.m. on Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3, 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 high. The audience is encouraged to attend 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. There will be complimentary 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 9.

ACM Awards Ceremony
On Friday, May 9, the ACM Awards Ceremony will be held in the Art Auditorium at 6 p.m. Awards will be presented to Best Drama, Comedy, Documentary, Animation and in other categories. Also, the Maka Maoli Native Vision Indigenous Film Award, Grace Award, Imagine Award and ACM Audience Award honors will be bestowed.

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