Academy for Creative Media

University of Hawai'i at Mānoa


Since 2004, ACM Mānoa has empowered students to tell their own stories by teaching cinematic narrative theories, skills and application across multiple platforms of digital media and within a context of cultural and aesthetic values, while at the same time nurturing robust job placement programs and internships.


ACM students work on TV shows like LOST and Hawaii 5-0, feature films like The Descendants, and go on to graduate film programs at top schools like USC, NYU, AFI, CalArts, and Chapman.


As one of the premier film schools in the Pacific region, ACM helps students shoot films all over the Asia-Pacific and US, and participates in annual exchanges with China.

Local Stories

Taking advantage of its unique cultural and geographical setting, ACM offers a one-of-a-kind program with a strong emphasis on indigenous storytelling.

Star Faculty

One of the greatest assets of the program, ACM’s faculty is comprised of award-winning filmmakers and scholars from diverse professional and cultural backgrounds.

‘Attain’ Casting Call

The story of a college freshman who is desperately seeking respect from his older brother by finally showing off his weightlifting skills.

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‘Good Material’ Cast/Crew Call

This is the story of Leigh, an aspiring comedian, who is constantly trying to change others to cover up her denial of her true self. When Leigh catches a cheater in the act at a local park, she is faced with infinite possibilities of how one would react. The run in leads Leigh to reevaluate her friendships and ultimately, overcome her fears and accept her true self. Showing that letting go leads to true acceptance.

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‘The Grass Isn’t Greener’ Crew Call

A teenage girl in high school seeks fatherly love and adoration from her legal father but doesn’t feel it, resulting in her reaching out to her biological father. 

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‘Photo Diary’ Cast/Crew Call

Photo Diary is a dramatic and comedic film that follows the story of Janna, an ambitious college student who lives a double life and struggles to pursue her creative dreams, connect with her culture and gain approval from her strict and overbearing mother, Loysa.

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HoMA Looking for Projectionists

The Honolulu Museum of Art is looking for part-time projectionists. The position has good hours for a college student, passionate filmmakers get to view a lot films and socialize with lovers of film who attend events, and it offers a networking opportunities with not only audience goers but other filmmakers. This position is a great segue into a well-connected venue and professional association that will look excellent on a student/filmmakerʻs resume.

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Casting Call for ACM Alumna Film

Set in rural Hawaii, a teenage girl is forced to confront her father after he enters her beloved pet in a dogfight.

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