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The Hawaiʻi International Film Festival (HIFF) and the University of Hawaiʻi Academy for Creative Media (ACM) System announced the inaugural HIFFxACM Accelerator, a yearlong program beginning summer 2023. This partnership provides all students across the university’s 10 campuses access to cinema and media mentorship, networking, filmmaker visits to classes at various UH campuses and a complimentary HIFF43 pass. The HIFF43 pass welcomes students to all films and events at the anchor festival, free film screenings at the new UH West Oʻahu campus, and additional educational opportunities.

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ACM: The School of Cinematic Arts at UH Mānoa students

“This is an important opportunity for HIFF to continue our indelible work building the future of the film industry in Hawaiʻi through increased involvement in supporting the careers of our emerging creators. We are grateful for the vision the UH ACM system leadership, administrators, and professors that are building inroads for students to access the local and international creative industry,” said HIFF Executive Director Beckie Stocchetti.

Through the HIFFxACM Accelerator, ACM students will access increased awareness of career opportunities within the media field and hands-on experience tied to HIFF, the only statewide film festival in the U.S., and the only Academy Award qualifying film festival with a focus on Native Hawaiian-Pacific Islander content. Opportunities such as the Cinema and Media Mentor connection and the HIFF Metaverse for students will allow students the chance to interface with industry professionals and network beyond their immediate community.

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ACM: The School of Cinematic Arts at UH Mānoa students

“When we started ACM at UH Mānoa over 20 years ago, one of our first priorities was securing a relationship with the globally-recognized Hawaiʻi International Film Festival to showcase our first ACM narrative short films from early students like Ty Sanga and Christopher Yogi,” said ACM System Founder and Director Chris Lee. “Now, with ACM System supporting 16 programs at all 10 UH campuses, we are thrilled to expand that partnership by helping to bring HIFF programming to multiple ACM campuses across the island chain and offering HIFF passes to all ACM students and faculty among many other benefits. In particular, I want to thank HIFF Director Beckie Stocchetti and HIFF Artistic Director Anderson Le for their longtime support for ACM System and in crafting the HIFFxACM Accelerator.”

HIFF’s mission is to bring the best in international cinema to Hawaiʻi, and to advance the understanding and cultural exchange among the people of Asia, the Pacific and North America through the medium of film. The primary objective for HIFFxACM Accelerator is to educate and empower Hawaiʻi’s college students through unique programming that is designed to improve both their cultural and visual literacy while building connections with industry experts from around the world.

For more information regarding the 2023–24 Accelerator Program, visit the HIFF website.

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