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.

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Seeking a Videographer

Seeking a videographer to record this special event. This will be a paid opportunity. The event is on Wednesday, November 6th, from 10:00AM – 2:00PM. Wanting a short (5-6 minute) educational video created to document this event with whomever is interested and available. This would be a teaching video that will be shared widely.

Job and Internship Opportunities

Job opportunity with a local production company that specializes in telling Hawaii stories, in commercials and films. 

They have posted a job listing for a camera/editor position. Also, if there are interns, they would love to continue the internship program.

Talk Story with the Kendall Twins

There is a terrific (and free!) opportunity for students to sign up for a special talk story and Q&A with the Kandall twins who worked on Disneyʻs Moana as well as the feature film, ADRIFT.  Also in attendance will be an additional ʻŌhina mentor, Rob Letterman, who is the writer/director of Pokemon Detective Pikachu, Monsters vs. Aliens, Shark Tale, etc.  It would be a great way for all of you, our ACM students to engage with locally born and raised filmmakers who have made waves in Hollywood.

Library Treasures Video Shorts Competition

Students can participate in the Library Treasures Video Shorts Competition for AY 2019-2020. This competition invites UH students at any level of study and in any disciplines to create short videos featuring our library’s unique collections, and enter the videos to win awards: the first place ($500), the second place ($300), the third place ($200), and three jury prizes ($100). Students can produce a video either individually or as a team.

ACM Pitch Day 2019

Pitch Day is the opportunity for ACM students who would like to produce and direct a capstone project during the Spring 2020 semester in ACM 486 to pitch their creative short films to ACM faculty. Students who qualify for capstone projects are those that have completed a 400-level production course or upper-level animation course. The Academy for Creative Media capstone course is for any advanced level creative project including narrative films, animated shorts, documentaries and indigenous language films.

UH Mānoa Team Competes in International Animation Contest

A team of students from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Academy for Creative Media (ACM) spent the first weekend of October competing with hundreds of students around the world in the 17th 24 Hours Animation Contest.