Hawaiʻi filmmaker Mitchel Viernes’ vision comes to life with Kālewa, a new independent short film produced and created in partnership with ʻOhina for our upcoming 2018 showcase. Viernes presented his concept alongside scripts by six other filmmakers at a special workshop hosted by Black Panther screenwriter Joe Robert Cole last year. Cole and the ʻOhina team selected this project to serve as the inaugural project of ʻOhina Films. A teaser trailer is presented above; catch the finished film at ʻOhina 2018.
The ʻOhina Short Film Showcase debuted in 1999 to support local independent filmmakers and to give them an opportunity to exhibit their films to the community. Named with the Hawaiian term for "gathering" or "collecting," ʻOhina provides an annual exclusive venue for a collection of works by Hawaiʻi filmmakers to be gathered and presented to the community.
Since then, ʻOhina has grown to become Hawaiʻi's biggest short film festival for students, amateur and professional filmmakers. Although entries can come from around the world, there is only one requirement: a creative relationship to the Hawaiian Islands.
ʻOHINA BRINGS HOME TOP HONORS AND AWARDS BASICALLY EVERYWHERE
ʻOHINA LAUNCHES A FIRST-EVER WRITER'S LAB
The first ever ʻOhina Writer's Lab announces its inaugural award winners—Mitchel Viernes and Alika Maikau receive professional support and funding to bring their short films to life, and to be screened at the 2018 ‘Ohina Short Film Festival!
ʻOHINA SWEEPS THE NATIONAL ADDYS AND PELES
‘OHINA brings home the GOLD for Sound Design at the 2017 American Advertising Federation's ADDY Awards for our 2017 showcase trailer, and BEST IN SHOW at the 2018 AAF Hawaiʻi District 13 "Pele" Awards! Honored to recognized with these prestigious distinctions.
HTA AWARDS ʻOHINA $25,000
The Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority awarded ʻOhina $25,000, recognizing the film festival as a Community Enrichment Program providing a “unique, authentic, and highly valued visitor experience” and which represents activities that are developed by Hawai‘i’s community, for Hawai‘i’s community.
ʻOHINA x HIFF
The ʻOhina Short Film Showcase and the Hawai‘i International Film Festival are joining forces to strengthen local filmmakers and storytellers in 2018.
meet the team
Gerard is an Emmy-nominated writer, editor, producer, and director with over 15 years of experience creating nationally distributed independent films, coordinating Discovery Channel specials as a producer for Shark Week, and working as a commercial director on award-winning spots for clients including Hilton, Time Warner, and McDonald’s. He is also a lecturer at UH’s Academy for Creative Media.
Ries is the creative director of brandHAWAII, an experiential ideation agency that generates brand impact through strategic storytelling. He is an award-winning indepedent entertainment advertiser who has worked with such Hollywood studios as Disney, Marvel Studios, Warner Bros, Lion's Gate Films, Sony Entertainment, Netflix, A24 and many more over the last twenty years.
James is editor-in-chief of the award-winning Abstract Magazine, contributing editor for HONOLULU Magazine, and creative director of Charisma Industries, a creative company. He is a regular arts and entertainment contributor for Playboy, VICE, Complex, Collider, Total Film, Paste, Hi-Fructose, Hyperallergic, FLOOD, Thrillist, Inverse, and other publications.
Darrin is a freelance film producer and production expert, formerly executive producer at Shooters Film Production, involved in production at McHale Video Film, and McMahon & McMahon. He’s a 20-year veteran of Hawai‘i’s film and television industries.
Brian is an award-winning copywriter and creative director of the media agency 26 Keys Creative, a screenwriting instructor at Pacific New Media Outreach College, and has developed scripts for production companies at Fox and Sony. His screenplay, The Rogues Gallery, became the cult film Operation: Endgame, starring Ellen Barkin, Maggie Q, and Zach Galifianakis.
Donna is the Managing Director of Kumu Kahua Theatre, Consulting Director of The ARTS at Marks Garage and host of Backstage with Donna Blanchard. She's an accomplished nonprofit and for-profit business development professional with more than 20 years experience in business rescue, management and alignment for strong stability and growth.
PUBLIC RELATIONS DIRECTOR
Susan is a publicist with 20 years of experience specializing in the entertainment industry, has directed campaigns for the home media distribution group at Paramount Pictures and studio partners CBS, Comedy Central, DreamWorks Animation, MTV and PBS.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jason is one of the original founders of the ‘Ohina Short Film Showcase in 1999, and a 22-year veteran of the Hawai‘i video production and advertising industries with experience in a variety of digital media content for local, national, and international markets. He is the VP of creative services for PBS Hawai‘i.
Matt is the “Chief Operating Brother” of the HONBLUE print family of companies: Electric Pencil, JETGraphics, Zoombis, and Brue Bar. A lifelong entrepreneur, he is a strong supporter of Hawai‘i’s local design and business communities.
Jason is the founder and CEO of the award-winning publishing company Nella Media Group. With more than 15 years of experience in media, marketing, and brand development including roles with McCann Erickson Worldwide and Sony Music International, Jason is a visionary who pushes the boundaries of innovation in today’s media market.
Mericia is the executive director of the SAG-AFTRA Hawai‘i Local and a practicing attorney in the State of Hawai‘i, with decades of experience in the entertainment industry, nonprofits, publishing, and advertising.
call for submissions
ʻOhina seeks passionate, professional, and collaborative filmmakers in 2018.
To create a fellowship of the most talented, up-and-coming, local filmmakers and give them the opportunity to learn from some of the best working screenwriters and filmmakers today. With passion, creativity and vision, we will support and develop these scripts into short films to help launch our ʻOhina fellows’ careers.
HOW IT WORKS
On Saturday, September 8, select filmmakers will have an opportunity to develop screenplays and learn from ʻOhina 2018 Special Guest Dana Ledoux Miller (The Newsroom, Narcos, Blood & Oil, Designated Survivor).
On Sunday, September 9, filmmakers will pitch their concepts to Dana and the ʻOhina Executive Team. Judging on story, character, uniqueness/creativity, producibility, and craft, the scripts will be narrowed to 6 winning fellows.
Of these, one filmmaker will receive the ʻOhina Greenlight Award and the ʻOhina Judge’s Choice Award. ʻOhina Films will produce the Greenlight Award-winning script and will premiere it at the ʻOhina Short Film Showcase at the 2019 Hawaiʻi International Film Festival.
TO APPLY, SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING TO INFO@OHINA.ORG:
ONE short film screenplay or web series pilot. 12 PAGES MAXIMUM.
Resume or CV
1-page letter explaining why you’d like to be considered as an ʻOhina fellow.
ONE example of a previous short or script (if available)