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Hawai'i Docs-In-Progress is a program is intended to support documentary filmmakers in Hawai'i by providing support and feedback for their films in a rough cut stage. If selected, we will host an event to screen your film with other filmmakers and community stakeholders to help you hone your story and overall message.

To submit your work for screening consideration, please read the submission guidelines below.

Submissions are selected for screening by our filmmaker advisory committee. 

Virtual screenings and Q&As will be organized 3-4 weeks after selection.

Films are selected on a rolling basis.

This program is FREE to apply for and FREE to attend. 

Links to work will not be shared publicly.



The director or producer must live in Hawai'i AND/OR the subject matter is Hawai'i related.

You are also eligible if you've participated in one of our documenetary workshops.

The submitted film should have a run time of under 30 minutes.

Filmmakers may submit their film for consideration a maximum of two (2) times. 


Aside from basic contact information about the filmmaker, we require a short synopsis of the film, a description of your submitted video, a description of project personnel, and information regarding the kind of feedback you are looking for at this stage of the filmmaking process.


We will not be able to screen all submitted films. Once we receive the submitted materials, the information will be forwarded to our filmmaker advisory committee. They will review the materials and either recommend the film for participation in the program or return the materials to the filmmaker with written comments. 

If selected for the program, the filmmaker will be matched with a moderator who will facilitate the audience discussion during the virtual Q&A. Hawai'i Doc Club (HDC) will work with the filmmaker to schedule the event and technical details. After the event, HDC will follow up with the filmmaker to provide written notes from the event.

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