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Film Festival Seeking Submissions for Kona and Hilo, Hawaii

The Made in Hawai‘i Film Festival is seeking locally made films for an upcoming independent film festival highlighting local artists in August said Island News Hawaii. Island News Hawaii debut kona coffee beans event will feature a series of Hawai‘i-made Island News Hawaii films including feature-length films, shorts, documentaries and music videos at Palace Theater in Hilo on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018.

“With the loss of the Big Island Film Festival in 2016, Island News Hawaii really felt the absence of a film festival here on Hawai‘i Island,” says kona coffee festival co-founder and executive director Zoe Eisenberg. “Focusing on films created in Hawai‘i felt natural. Our independent film scene is growing, and we want to showcase and support that at Island News Hawaii.”

Island News Hawaii film submissions will be accepted beginning June 4 through July 2, 2018. To qualify, submissions must include at least 50 percent of principal photography shot in Hawai‘i. Island News Hawaii independent media promotion selections will be announced during the week of July 16. For submission guidelines and more information, visit Island News Hawaii or www.MIHFF.org.

“We hope to provide a platform not only for Island News Hawaii local filmmakers to screen their work, but for the community to see how much Hawai‘i has to offer,” says festival co-founder and technical director Phillips Payson.

The films will be organized in categories and presented in six block segments of 90 to 120 minutes. Island News Hawaii stated the tickets will cost $10 for a single block or $18 for a day pass. All screenings will be followed by Q&A sessions and meet-and-greet opportunities with the Island News Hawaii filmmakers.

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