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Compelling films from around the world will be featured in the 55th annual Humboldt Int’l Film Festival, billed as the longest student-run film fest in the world.

Film students in Trinidad
Film students on location in Trinidad, California, filming "A Flame.”

It’s the 55th Humboldt Int’l Film Festival! 

Compelling films from around the world will be featured in four main categories of Narrative, Experimental, Documentary, and Animation. This year’s event—screened virtually and in-person—includes “Fight for Your Rights,” films that explore human, social, and environmental rights. 

55th Annual Humboldt Int’l Film Festival, April 18 – 23 (virtual) and April 19 – 22 (in-person at The Minor Theatre in Arcata), is FREE for Cal Poly Humboldt students. See the full schedule

The internationally recognized independent film competition, created in 1967 by Humboldt students, has been planned, promoted, and presented annually by University students, making it officially the “longest student-run film fest in the world.”

Film festival judges:

  • Can Buyukberber, a visual artist working on immersive audiovisual experiences blurring boundaries between physical and digital spaces. His practice consists of experiments with various media such as virtual/augmented reality, projection mapping, geodesic domes, large-scale displays, and digital fabrication.
  • Michelle Hernandez, a Wiyot tribal member and Latina filmmaker whose work focuses on the importance of culture, traditions, and identity, as well as dealing with Indigenous subjects. She gives voice to stories that aren’t often told.  She is the co-founder of Sugarbush Hill Productions, which she currently runs with her partner, Richie Wenzler. 
  • Nicola Waugh, an independent producer, film programmer, and communications expert. She has worked with film festivals and artist-run centers across Canada, including the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers, Calgary Cinematheque, Regent Park Film Festival, and Reel Asian Film Festival.  

For questions, contact filmfest@humboldt.edu or (707) 826-3566.