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.

‘Uproot’ Casting Call

Casting CallProduction Title: UprootDirector: Kalilinoe DetwilerACM Class: 320 Animation productionProduction Start Date (when you start filming, rehearsing, etc): 2/19 4-6pmProduction Wrap Date (you’re final day of any rehearsals, filming, etc. pertaining to the...

Pitch Day on March 11th

Pitch Day is the opportunity for ACM students who would like to produce and direct a capstone project during the Fall 2019 semester to pitch their creative short films to ACM faculty. Monday, March 11, 4:30pm-6:30pm

Guest Speaker Event with Visual Effects Supervisor Kaitlyn Yang

Free guest speaker event with Visual Effects Supervisor Kaitlyn Yang, who was last year’s recipient of Forbes “30 Under 30” award in the Hollywood/Entertainment category. She will deliver two free public talks at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and West Oʻahu campuses on February 26, 2019.

‘Birthday’ Casting Call

 Ku‘uipo lives with the understanding that the people of Bloomsfield, New Jersey will rarely spell her name correctly on the first try. Unfortunately, for the sixth time, this remains true for birthday cakes. *This film is not associated with ACM.

‘Distorted’ Casting Call

This is a short (1.5 minute) animation about, “an exhausted girl who just wants to sleep, but she’s too far inside her own head.” This is a story of learning that it’s okay to ask for help.

Coffee Talk with ACM Faculty

Come talk to the ACM Faculty about what ACM can do for you. ACM Students and Faculty Only Please.