Wāhine in Film Lab
The Wāhine in Film Lab opens for submission to its 2021 program for wāhine filmmakers. In its 1st annual edition, the Wāhine in Film Lab offers:
Workshops providing valuable and practical information about the business of filmmaking,
Mentorship as one-to-one check in time with an assigned mentor, and
Support services instrumental in making films offered by Hawaiʻi Women in Filmmaking, such as access to story consultants and cultural advisors, a notice board and directory of local women filmmakers to work with/hire, a pool of HWF filmmaking programs' graduates eager to get hands-on experience as Production Assistants and in other roles, fundraising and grant resources and assistance in proposal writing, networking opportunities with other women media makers, and if needed, fiscal sponsorship for their film production.
The Wāhine in Film Lab operates as an incubator for the development of 10 short film ideas into viable projects by the end of their time at the Lab.
The Wāhine in Film Lab runs from June to November, 2021. Time commitment entails:
Attending two workshops a month (one on the first and third Friday of the month, 5:00 to 6:00 pm, starting June 4th, 2021),
Up to 2 hours of one-to-one time with assigned mentor,
3-5 gatherings throughout the Lab time.
Currently, all lab activities are offered online.
A stipend of $1,000 is offered upon completion of the Wāhine in Film Lab.
Wāhine in Film Lab participants will be:
Wāhine-identifying filmmakers working on a short film or multimedia project idea,
Any level of experience is welcome, from beginner to expert,
Applicants are based in Hawai'i.
Applicants must own the copyright of their production, and have artistic, budgetary and editorial control over their project.
March - April // Application closes on April 30, 2021
by May 20, 2021 // 10 project selection and mentors matching
June - November // Wāhine in Film Lab time
To apply, fill the application form below. Please note, application closes on April 30, 2021 midnight HWN time.
Important to note: We are not expecting you to have a complete answer for each question, and if there a question that you need help with, please note so in your answer. It will help us in finalizing the workshops that will most meet our participants' needs.
For any question, please contact Vera at
The Wāhine in Film Lab is organized by Hawaiʻi Women in Filmmaking thanks to the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts and Creative Industries Hawaiʻi DBEDT and in partnership with Pacific Islanders in Communications, Hawaiʻi Film Office, Made in Hawaiʻi Film Festival, Hawaiʻi Filmmakers Collective, and Creative Lab Hawaiʻi.