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.
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