2018 SCHEDULE


August 31
DOLE PARK
Lānaʻi City, Lānaʻi


September 7
HAWAIʻI THEATRE
Honolulu, Oʻahu


September 21
MAUI ARTS & CULTURAL CTR
Kahului, Maui


September 28
PALACE THEATER
Hilo, Hawaiʻi


September 29
KAHILU THEATRE
Waimea, Hawaiʻi


 

DA FUTURE

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#ohina18

5 LOCAL FILMS. 5 THEATERS. 4 ISLANDS. 4 PREMIERES. 1 FESTIVAL.

 

ABOUT ʻOHINA

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ʻOHINA

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.

 
 

BIG NEWS

ʻOHINA BRINGS HOME TOP HONORS AND AWARDS BASICALLY EVERYWHERE

 
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ACCOMPLISHMENTS


 
 

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.

 

mauka to makai

 
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HELP THE KICKSTARTER!

Help support Mauka to Makai, a new short by filmmakers Alika Maikau and Jonah Okano, making its debut at the 2018 'Ohina Short Film Showcase. Visit the movie's Kickstarter page to learn how you can play a vital role in finishing this awesome project and getting it onto the big screen at this year's 'Ohina:

 

meet the team

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EXECUTIVE TEAM


 
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GERARD ELMORE

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Gerard is an Emmy-nominated writer, editor, producer, and director who works with the NMG Network as a Lead Producer helping to build a new cloud-based broadcasting company producing and aggregating original content including shows, films, music, and events. He has 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.

Favorite Film:
Being There

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ERIK RIES

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Ries is an award-winning independent senior art director in entertainment advertising with over twenty years of experience. He currently supports the agency
B O N D in Hollywood, working on creative for studios such as Disney, MARVEL, Warner Bros., Lionsgate, Sony Entertainment, Netflix, A24, and many more. He is a psuedo-photographer, illustrator, mixed media artist, producer, and screenwriter.

Favorite Film:
The Adventures of Ford Fairlane

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JAMES CHARISMA

EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

James is editor-in-chief of the award-winning Abstract Magazine, contributing editor for HONOLULU Magazine, and creative director of the design agency Charisma Industries. He is a regular culture and entertainment contributor for Playboy, VICE, Complex, New York MagazineCollider, Total Film, Paste, Hi-Fructose, Hyperallergic, FLOOD, Inverse, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications.

Favorite Film:
The Shawshank Redemption

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DARRIN KANESHIRO

MANAGING DIRECTOR

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.

Favorite Film:
Se7en

 
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BRIAN WATANABE

EDUCATION DIRECTOR

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. 

Favorite Film:
Raiders of the Lost Ark

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DONNA BLANCHARD

DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

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.

Favorite Film:
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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SUSAN WRIGHT

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.

Favorite Film:
Casablanca

 
 
 
 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS


 

JASON SUAPAIA

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 HEIM

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 CUTINELLA

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 ELMORE

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. 

 
 

WANNA SPONSOR?

CLICK BELOW TO SUPPORT HAWAIʻI'S BIGGEST SHORT FILM FESTIVAL!

 
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MUCHO MAHALOS TO OUR 2018 SPONSORS!

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