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.

Looking China Screening

Come out and watch several documentary films made by ACM students in China this summer as part of the SMART Co-Lab through the Looking China program. Several other top documentaries made in the program this summer will be screened, as well as a behind the scenes documentary of the program. Screening info: Wednesday, September 27 – 6:30-8:30pm
Tokioka Room (RM 319), Moore Hall – 1890 East-West Road

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‘No Laila’ Crew Call

A Native Hawaiian young man, born and raised on the mainland, finding acceptance and belonging in his native homeland.

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‘Permanent Impressions’ Casting Call

‘Permanent Impressions’ jumps into the life of a young talented college student, LEON, who aspires to be a tattoo artist like his cool uncle, PIERS, but struggles to face his strict father’s beliefs that there is no future in being an independent artist. When LEON finally grows the courage to speak up for his beliefs in being an inspiring tattoo artist, he discovers the untold truth behind his father’s ways.

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‘A Sunday Morning’ Casting Call

This is a sweet short story about a father and a son. The father wants to educate his son beyond the academic institution by teaching him tools that hopefully will last a lifetime. The son questions the father’s ways and shows resistance throughout, however at the end he acknowledges what it has been given to him, drops the resistance and thanks his father.

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Crew Call for ACM Alumna Film

ACM alumna Erin Lau will be shooting her Sundance Institute workshopped script for her Chapman MFA Graduate Thesis Film here on Oahu in October. The film is currently looking for crew to help out with the production, and ACM students are highly encouraged to participate in this production by one of ACM’s most highly awarded alumni.

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Writers/Directors Needed

StoryMotions, Inc. is launching a mobile app that delivers stories as interactive audio-guided walks about Hawaii’s history and culture in English, Chinese, and Japanese, and they are seeking writers/directors (storytellers) interested in creating a narrative that takes audiences on an adventure through physical locations.

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