From 1967 to present,

we–the students of Humboldt State University–have been inviting filmmakers (working in traditional, experimental and non-traditional modes) to enter their film shorts into our festival and that makes us the world’s oldest student-run film festival. Our students judge the entries from September to March. The finalists then show for three evenings for our guest industry judges and local audience.
Our festival promotes the art of film, not only as a means of entertainment, but also as a vehicle for self-expression and a stimulus for dialogue about social, political and cultural issues.

Can I Join?

Of Course!

Film Festival is a 2 unit class (FILM 260) and a club. Pre-screenings and behind-the-scenes activities for the world’s oldest student-run film festival that will deepen sociopolitical understanding and provide insights to contemporary short film processes, aesthetics, and constructs. We meet at 5 PM in Theatre Arts Building Room 117, all are welcome to join and see what it takes to put on a great film festival.

2016 Entries
International Films
Student Volunteers

Our Mission

To create a space for independent filmmakers to express themselves, free from the censorship of mainstream media. The Humboldt International Film Festival is particularly aware of the power of short, independent film, and we seek those which inspire social and environmental change.


50th Annual Humboldt Int'l Film Fest

Andrew Weisz

Promotions and Historian

Andrew is a senior at Humboldt State University and is finishing up his film major.  He is from a small desert town called Ridgecrest and even though it is small, it is a great filming spot.  He hopes to become an editor or a producer when he graduates.  “I am really excited to be a co-director for the 50th year and I am excited to see what entries come in this year!”



This is Nairobys 3rd year being a co-director for HIFF.  Nairobys Apolito is a senior at Humboldt State University. She is a film major and a photo journalism minor. Some of her favorite things to do include watching old school horror and sci-fi movies and reading books.

Kira Hudson


Kira is a senior and is finishing her film degree at Humboldt State University.  She stays busy by volunteering at the local PBS station and dancing.  She hopes to get a job in the sound design field when she graduates.

Susan Abbey

Festival Faculty Adviser

This is Susan’s sixth year as a faculty adviser for the fest. Originally from the intermountain west, she has been an educator and actress in theatre for nearly 40 years. Her bridge to film began as a graduate assistant, teaching several classes of the Introduction to Film course, while earning her MFA in Directing at Brigham Young University. Susan’s work in film continued when she took her performance skills to the acting side of the camera: while living in Salt Lake City, she began working in films, television, commercials, print ads, and voice-over projects. She continues to act and direct locally when time and opportunity come together. Susan has been a lecturer in the Department of Theatre, Film, and Dance at HSU since 2007.