Exposing our youth to the film industry opens their eyes to a world of possibility in the film industry and beyond.

 

Our Mission

Kauai Film Academy was created in 2010 as a film club that provides Professional Filmmaking Training and Creative Filmmaking Opportunities for the youth of Kauai. We develop student stories and experiences, provide technical job-specific classroom training and on-set professional experience with industry standard equipment, and produce student-driven films from development to distribution through our Film Academy Program, which is a non-profit 501(3)c. We give students on Kauai that rare chance to experience what is required to conceive, develop, and produce a professional narrative film. 


Our Team

Our staff includes three Board Directors, one student board member, three officers, 10 professional instructors, community volunteers, and a three member advisory board. Each member of the board and officers have backgrounds in education and creative arts. Our professional instructors have over 75 IMDB feature film/television series credits ranging from Video Assistant on Michael Bay’s latest movie to Unit Photographer for the Lost television series. In addition to real-world filmmaking experience, our staff includes over 20 years teaching in schools such as University of Texas to Kauai High School. The staff of our Production Assistant Course alone have Production Assistant credits from over nine major features filmed on Kauai. Our students receive the best filmmaking training Kauai has to offer.


I didn’t have this when I was growing up on Kauai, I had to go to LA to work in film, and it’s amazing that kids have this opportunity today.
— Sonya Balmores, Actress on Marvel's Inhumans
Having been involved in filmmaking on Kaua‘i for 30 years, I’m pleased to see the efforts of the Kauai Film Academy and the outreach to our youth on Kaua‘i. It will be nice to see these young filmmakers rise to the challenge and flourish in the opportunity.
— Sue Kanoho, Kauai Visitors Bureau
Having a film academy on Kaua’i provides an important opportunity for our people to showcase their talents and expand their knowledge and experience in the motion picture industry. The Kaua’i Film Academy ensures that local filmmakers have the resources and talent available right here on our island to be successful.
— Bernard Carvalho Jr., Former Mayor of the County of Kauai

What We've Achieved

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