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.

2019 Entries
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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.


51st Annual Humboldt Int'l Film Fest

Peter Blickensderfer

Promotions and Historian

From Fairfax, CA. A junior now at Humboldt State. Peter has been involved with film since high-school. Being part of a program called Comacad, he made shorts and screened them for the community with his class. He likes his films like he likes his books, short. He is curious to see how film is changing as a medium and appreciates the diversity and uniqueness of films that the HIFF showcases. Peter is looking forward to seeing the new techniques that filmmakers across the world are finding to get their stories told.

Maddy Harvey


Maddy Harvey is working on her senior year here at HSU as a film major and journalism minor with a focus on media studies.  She’s been involved with the fest for the past three years and now has taken on a role as co-director in her fourth in final year.

Helen Molina


“It is such a pleasure to be one of three co-directors of the 51st Humboldt International Film Festival. I am privileged to be able to host this event and cannot wait to expose and showcase all the extraordinary talent located all over the world.”A senior attending Humboldt State majoring in Film and minoring in Theatre Arts. Growing up in the city she was exposed to many different cultures and events.  She was raised in the city of South Gate located southeast of Los Angeles. She experienced both good and bad aspects of a large town. She was lucky enough to find my calling at a very young age. Deeply interested in the arts, she never knew how she would be able to get involved. She didn’t know how to sing, act, or draw, until one day she stumbled across film and fell in love.

Susan Abbey

Festival Faculty Adviser

This is Susan’s seventh 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.