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.

HIFF 2017 Call for Entries

Submit your ACM film to the 2017 Hawaii International Film Festival! The entry deadline is Monday, July 17th. All ACM recent ACM films made for ACM courses are eligible to enter.

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2017 ACM Awards – Deadline Extended

All currently enrolled UHM students who have created work in ACM classes are eligible and encouraged to enter their films in the 2017 ACM Awards. All accepted films will be screened at the ACM Screening Showcase on Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29, 2017. The ACM Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 4, 2017. Deadline for entry is Wednesday, April 19th!

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SMART Exchange Shanghai – Deadline Extended

Enter now to be one of 6 ACM students selected to travel to Shanghai this June to screen your film at Shanghai International Film Festival and produce co-productions with Shanghai University film students. THE ENTRY DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO THURSDAY, APRIL 20 AT 5PM!

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ACM Professor’s Short Film World Premiere

World Premiere of 'Let The Mountain Speak' Tuesday, April 18th 5:30-6:30pm at The Hub Come see the world premiere of ACM Professor Vilsoni Hereniko's newest short film 'Let The Mountain Speak', a tribute to Mauna Kea. The premiere takes place next Tuesday, April 18th...
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ACM Screenwriting Competition – Call for Entries

Win up to $1,000 To Produce Your Film! The ACM continues our exciting screenwriting competition for our students. We will award one or two scholarship/grants to a student to produce their winning screenplay. Submission deadline is Friday, April 28, 2017.

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