Beginning in 2018, ‘Ohina is evolving as not only a platform to gather and present locally-crafted independent short films, but to directly help produce and lend professional support to emerging filmmakers creating original works. After a workshop series with Marvel Studios’ ‘Black Panther’ screenwriter Joe Robert Cole in 2017, Cole and ‘Ohina selected ‘Kalewa,’ by Hawai'i filmmaker Mitchel Viernes, to receive screenplay support, production resources, marketing, and promotional support. At this year’s short film showcase, audiences will enjoy the world premiere of ‘Kalewa,’ the first ever short film directly produced in part by ‘Ohina.