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.

‘Aunty Emma’ Cast + Crew Call

'Aunty Emma' Cast + Crew Call Production Title: Aunty Emma Director: Casey Lapidus ACM Course: 399 (Capstone) Production Start Date: March 10, 2018 Production Wrap Date: March 31, 2018 *4 principal shoot dates, 2 reshoots/pickups if necessary Synopsis: Aunty Emma is...

ACM Alumni Film – Call for Extras

ACM Alumni Film - Call for Extras Production Title: Mauka to Makai Director: Alika Pfaltzgraff & Jonah Okano ACM Course: Alumni Film Shoot Date Needing Extras: January 17, 2018 - 3pm-10pm Synopsis: Akuma has greater aspirations than selling drugs on the street, but he...

ACM Pitch Day 2017

Pitch Day is an opportunity for ACM students who would like to produce and direct an independent group or individual project during the Spring 2017 semester to pitch their creative projects (short films) to ACM faculty, who will allot production awards to promising narrative films, animated shorts, documentaries and indigenous language films. Sign up now!!!

ACM Alumni Help Make ‘Family Ingredients’ A Huge Success

Highlight on ACM Alumni in UH News UH News recently highlighted the popular PBS series 'Family Ingredients' and the huge contribution ACM alumni have made to the show. Directed by ACM Mānoa alumnus Ty Sanga, who currently teaches at ACM Mānoa, the first two seasons of...

2018 HIFF Spring Showcase Internships

HIFF internships offer opportunities to gain a broad range of work experiences in film festivals. HIFF interns work closely with festival staff to plan, coordinate, and implement special events, educational programs, and film screenings. Those interested should have interest in the arts and/or film.

Girls Make Movies Film Fest

Hawaiʻi Women in Filmmaking proudly announces the GIRLS MAKE MOVIES FILM FESTIVAL on December 8, 2017 at the Honolulu Museum of Art Doris Duke Theatre. Doors open at 5:30 / Screening starts at 6:00 pm / Program ends at 8:00 pm.