Festival Attracts Top International Short Films

The Associated Students of HSU are set to host the 49th Humboldt International Film Festival at the reopening of Arcata’s historic Minor Theatre on April 20-23.

The four night event features outstanding independent short films from around the world in four film categories:

  • Wed. April 20 Animation and Experimental
  • Thur. April 21 Documentary
  • Fri. April 22 Narrative
  • Sat. April 23 Best of Fest

All screenings begin at 7 p.m.


The festival began in 1967 by local businessman, Dave Phillips, and a college friend when they were students at HSU, as a place to show theirs and other student’s films. Over the 49 year span, the fest has grown into an international short festival open to independent filmmakers of all ages and is now known globally as “The Oldest Student-run Film Festival in the World”.

More than 200 entries from 24 different countries have been screened, scored, and tabulated by HSU festival students throughout this academic year. Audiences and guest judges will screen the top-scoring finalists in each category, which include films from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Germany, Taiwan, Spain, Australia, and Bahrain.

This year’s judges are equally diverse in skills and backgrounds. Two are HSU alumni: Michelle Cartier, a filmmaker and multimedia artist and poet, and George Nelson III, a nationally recognized filmmaker and Hoopa Tribal film educator. Joining them is Emmy-winning TV director Howard Ritter, D.G.A, known for his work on General Hospital, Night Court, Soap, and currently the Disney and XD Channels.

Over $1600 in cash and prizes are awarded to the winners of each category. Additional awards include:

  • Best Experimental Technique, in memory of former HIFF student co-director, Pablo Koontz
  • Best film with an immigration theme, sponsored by local resident, Marc Matteoli, in honor of his father
  • Best use of location and environmental resources sponsored by the Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission

Tickets are $5 and sold at the door beginning 6:30 p.m. nightly.

For more information:
facebook.com/HumboldtInternationalFilmFestival filmfest@humboldt.edu
(707) 826-3566 or (707) 826-4113