Wāhine in Film Lab

The Call for applications for the 2nd Annual Wāhine in Film Lab is now open!


The Wāhine in Film Lab is an incubator for the development of 10 short film ideas into viable projects by the end of their time at the Lab.  The Lab is offered entirely online. 


The Wāhine in Film Lab offers:

  • Workshops providing invaluable 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 short 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 deadline to submit applications is Tuesday, May 31, 2022.


  • This lab is for women and sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations.

  • Filmmaker must be a Hawaiʻi resident

  • The project must be a short film no longer than 10 minutes

  • We accept films in development and pre-production

Application and selection process:

  • May 2, 2022 – Application time begins

  • May 31, 2022 – Application time ends  (No late submissions will be accepted.)

  • June 2022 – Applications review and Fellows selection and announcement by mid-June

  • July 8 – Lab Orientation

  • July to November – Lab meets every other Friday

  • November 11 – Lab Closing


We suggest that you first write your application in a Word document or create your own separate copy as a backup prior to applying via the online portal. Please be sure to save your document then copy & paste your responses into the online application 

Wāhine in Film Lab 2021

In its inaugural edition, the Wāhine in Film Lab (Jun-Nov 2021) has operated as an incubator for the development of 10 short film ideas into viable projects by the end of their time at the Lab. 

Wāhine in Film Lab Mentors 2021

Wāhine in Film Lab Fellows 2021

Wāhine in Film Lab panelists 2021

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.