51 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.

Official Results 2017

Best of Fest Awards

Animation: From the Dizziness of Freedom: The Philosophy Vessel by Melissa Ferrari-Vimeo
Experimental: Submergence by Yohahn Ko- Vimeo
Documentary: No Harm No Foul by Cheng Zhang – Website
Narrative: Memory by Ilirjan Himaj
Best of Fest: Memory by Ilirjan Himaj– Article 


People’s Choice Award

Animation: The Old Man and the Pears by Jing Sun – Trailer
Experimental: The Muse Will Find You Working by Wade Koch – IMDB
Documentary: Truth is Beauty by Brandon Katcher – IMDB
Narrative: Horseshoe Theory by Jonathan Daniel Brown – Film


Honorable Mention

Animation: Balloon Ride by Evan Hughes – Vimeo; Lilly Hits the Road by The Bum Family
Experimental: We R the World/Mold by Dawn George – Vimeo
Documentary: Gardeners of the Forest by Ceylan Carhoglu and Nicole Jordan-Webber – Trailer
Narrative: It’s Just a Gun by John Sayage – Trailer


Special Awards

Pablo Koontz Award for Best Experimental Technique: Emerald Ice by Jesseca Ynez Simmons – Vimeo
Ledo and Vittoria Matteoli Award for Best Film with an Immigration Theme or Pioneering Spirit: ERNIE – Hadley Hillel- Website
Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission Award for Best Film Celebrating Local or Environmental Sustainability: Gardeners of the Forest by Ceylan Carhoglu and Nicole Jordan-Webber- Website

50th HIFF Comercial

49th HIFF Commercial

48th HIFF Comercial

41st Behind the Scenes