Hawai’i’s youth show their celluloid creations

Student film festival to Thursday-Sunday at Kaua’i Community College

The work of budding filmmakers will be featured during the Kaua’i Student Film Festival beginning Thursday and continuing through Sunday at Kaua’i Community College (KCC).

From 7 to 9 p.m. each day, films by students on Kaua’i, Big Island and Oahu will be showcased in what organizers say is an attempt to encourage filmmaking by young people.

The films will be in three categories: Shorts (15 minutes maximum length), documentary and feature (no longer than 30 minutes). Admission to the showings in the college’s Performing Arts Center will be free.

The chairman of this year’s event is Kelvin Manalo, president of Kaua’i CC’s Film Club. He also is president of the Associated Students of Kaua’i Community College.

When he was younger, “I was fascinated by film and wished I could somehow experience the art,” Manalo said. He added he hopes all youths will pursue their own interests in filmmaking.

“Tell your story. Share your ideas,” he said.

The festival, which is in its second year, was founded by Paul Booth, a former student at KCC.

Screenings begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and are scheduled to end at 9 p.m. The film festival is being held at the Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. A “Showcase” is one that is not entered in the competition.


“Next Level” by Jason Hubbard and Chris Gallego of Kaiser High School.

“Teacher Strike” by Contessa Ricci, Juno Ann Apala and Kristen Cummings of Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School.

“Hackeysack” by Jenna Akasaki and Elysse Sato of Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School.

“Campbell High” by Maritu Malufau of Campbell High School.

“Any Kine Stuff” by Nohi Rosa and Zander Alimboyoguen of Waimea High School.

“Uncertain Emotions” by Bennie Duque, Braddah Reyes and Lelan Galan of Kohala High School.

“Blood of the Samurai,” by Aaron Yamasato, showcase work.

“The Great Birthday” by Ave Piscano, showcase work.

“Junior Prom Promo” by Russell Smyth, Sara Anglin and Hayley Carter of Kalaheo High School.

“Black Knight” by Shauna Obey, Carlos Ramirez and Jake Akuma of Kalaheo High School.

“Art of Steel” by Tommy Taylor, showcase work.


“Gun Control” by Rebecca Estamago, Sara Angun and Hayley Carter of Kalaheo High School.

“Columbine Tribute” by Kelvin R. Manalo, showcase work.

“Loving Life” by Zack Kamen of Kauai Community College.

“It’s a Miserable Life” by Masumi T. Childers, showcase work.

“Contraband” by Jordan Kukino and Irah Nishi of Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School.

“Mourning After” by Maile Hemm of the University of Hawaii.

“Communication Arts” by Sara Anglin of Kalaheo High School.

“Malama Aina” by Kristen Cummings and Contessa Ricci of Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School.

“Spy Guy” by Jeremy Orbe Smith, showcase work.

“For Albert” by Mae Manabat of Campbell High School.

“Annie-Mae” by Ulrick Shinnery of Campbell High School.

“The Chase” by Krista Speroni, showcase work.

“Timmy’s Dream” by Randee Layosa, showcase work.

“When You Least Expect It” by Paul Booth, showcase work.


“Hydrochloric Hottie” by Heather Harbrough, Lila Glauberman and Corwin Nunes of Kalaheo High School.

“Newscast” by Josh Amas, Chris Aguilar and Jessica Amas, home-school students.

“Bridging the Past to the Future” by Michelle Mueller of Kamehameha Schools.

“Excerpt from Campbell Showcase” by students from Campbell High School.

“School IDs” by Jenna Akasaki and Elysse Sato of Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School.

“Trash in Our Schools” by Matthew Remtio, Pohaku Kapua and Eric Fune of Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School.

“The Talented Girl” by Blaise Lamadrid, showcase work.

“Sowa Gummy Bears” by Gerard Elmore of the University of Hawaii.


All of this year’s winning films and last year’s winning films.


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