The World’s Oldest Student-run Film Festival to Host 52nd Year

The 52nd Humboldt Int’l Film Fest returns to the Minor Theatre in Arcata from April 19 to 23.

The finalists in four categories will be screened at 6:30 pm: Friday, April 19 is Narrative Night, Saturday, April 20 is Experimental/Animation Night, Sunday, April 21 is Documentary Night, and Monday, April 22 is the Best of the Fest with an encore screening Tuesday, April 23. Tickets are $5 for each screening.

Since 1967, Humboldt State University students have produced the internationally recognized festival. The call-to-entry is open to independent filmmakers of all ages and countries for films with a running time of 1-30 minutes in the Narrative, Documentary, Animation, and Experimental categories. This year, 154 entries from 20 countries were submitted including films from Nicaragua, Argentina, Israel, Japan, China, Indonesia, Korea, Iran, Mexico, Austria, India, and Sweden. Film festival classes pre-screen all entries. The films with the highest scores in the four categories compete for cash awards and Audience Favorite Awards.

Joining this year’s festival are three local film industry judges: Tawny Foskett, an award-winning director whose 2012 short, Girls Who Smoke, based on a story from The Moth and This American Life, screened in 20 festivals worldwide; Rebekah Brown, filmmaker and screenwriter who has worked on many film and TV projects including Adult Swim’s Tim and Eric Awesome Show! Great Job!, and Netflix’s Daredevil; and HSU film graduate, Richard Jett, who has been a cinematographer for 30 years and worked on the Mill Valley Film Festival.

Purchase tickets at the Minor Theatre’s website or call: 707.822.FILM (3456). Visit the film festival’s website for more information, or call 707.826.4113 or email