52 Years

and still counting

The HIFF has been bringing independent and alternative short films to Humboldt County for 51 years. As the world’s oldest student-run film festival, we create a unique venue for digital media that enjoys an international reputation for supporting and celebrating independent filmmakers.  Founded in 1967 by a group of film-loving Humboldt State University students, the Humboldt Int’l Film Fest continues to expand over the years, now featuring several days of public screenings and presentations by guest filmmakers. The festival promotes the art of film, not only as a means of entertainment, but also as an instrument for self-expression, and a stimulus for dialogue about social, political, and cultural issues.
HIFF is pleased to provide a home where these international filmmakers can showcase their visions, and the venue for all of us to explore the power of film.

2018 Best of Fest

Best Animation & People’s Choice: Two Balloons by Mark Smith – Trailer


Best Experimental & People’s Choice: Pussy Willows by Tommy Regan – Trailer


Best Narrative & Peoples’s Choice: “Look at Me” by Andres Gil – IMDb


Best Documentary & Best of Fest: Doreen Garner Sculpts Our Trauma by Brian Redondo – Website 



Pablo Koontz Award for Best Experimental Technique: iRony by Radheya Jegatheva – Trailer


Ledo and Vittoria Matteoli Award for Best Film with an Immigration Theme or Pioneering Spirit: Dancing in Limbo by Amanda Larsh – Interview


Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission Award for Best Film Celebrating Local or Environmental Sustainability & People’s Choice (documentary) : Bananafest by Almond Dodge


Honorable Mention: AKI by Taylor Reynolds – Trailer & Gloria Talks Funny by Kendall Goldberg – Website

49th HIFF Commercial

48th HIFF Comercial

41st Behind the Scenes

50th HIFF Comercial