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

Finishing up his last semester at Humboldt State University, Andrew Weisz is hoping to use his film degree to working in post-production.  While growing up in Ridgecrest, a small Southern California town, Andrew learned many different broadcasting mediums such as radio and local television.  After figuring out what his true interest, he decided to pursue a career in Film production.  Andrew’s time in Humboldt has been an adventure, learning many new elements to take on his life such as interning for the local PBS station and gaining over 100 hours of experience.  After graduation, he plans on taking on the world and hitting the Los Angeles area.  



Nairobys Apolito is currently serving her second year as co-director of the Humboldt International Film Festival. After handling public relations in 2016, she moved on to overseeing the entry process for this year’s festival. A Los Angeles native, Nairobys grew up in the shadow of the Hollywood sign and always wanted to be in film. Developing a fascination with light as a child, she experimented with cameras and lamps around her home, finding her artistic eye. With a desire to expand her horizons and explore outside the L.A. metro area,Nairobys enrolled at HSU in 2012. She kept herself busy outside classes with her involvement at the Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission and working on feature film sets. She also continued her experimentation with light, in the controlled setting of the photography studio. This spring, Nairobys will be graduating with a B.A. in film with a minor in photography and photo-journalism.

Kira Hudson


Kira Naomi Hudson is a soon-to-be graduate of the Film Department at Humboldt State University. She grew up in a homesteading family on a mountain two hours north of Arcata. Her fascination with film began at the age of seven with the gift of a simple camera. When Kira came to college she realized that all of her interests could be best conveyed through this medium. She discovered that film can be used as a weapon, or as a healing agent of change. Kira is drawn to creating documentaries and short narrative pieces with a message that raise awareness about the wonderful things people are doing to try to make this world a better place. In addition to studying film, Kira has become an avid member of the swing dancing community, and plans to work as an independent filmmaker and swing dance instructor.

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.