The History of hbaaff
In the spring of 2005 students from The Art & History of Film (Hawaii Baptist Academy's introductory film course) and HBA's Student Council hosted the first HBA Film Festival. Held in the Stan Sagert campus cafeteria, the event was initially called Coffee House, and featured both movies and a musical performance.
Since that time the event has continued to grow. In need of a larger venue for the films, the festival was moved in 2007 to the Dan Kong Middle School campus. In 2011 the festival officially became the Hawaii Baptist Academy Arts & Film Festival (HBAAFF) and added art exhibits, a handbells concert and more.
Upon the completion of HBA's Arts & Sciences Building in 2014, the festival was moved back to the high school campus and expanded to also include theater and band performances, science exhibits, and food trucks.
Many of the films that first screened at HBAAFF and art that has been displayed here have gone on to win awards, screen at the Hawaii International Film Festival Student Showcase, or been broadcast on Olelo. The recent films have earned pages on the Internet Movie Database (IMDB.com).
In order to continue to fulfill Hawaii Baptist Academy's Mission and Expected School-wide Learning Results (ESLRs) during the Covid-19 pandemic, HBAAFF became an online event in the in the years 2020 and 2021. In 2022 HBAAFF is scheduled to return as a live on-campus event.
Hawaii Baptist Academy is a Christian college-preparatory school that equips students spiritually, intellectually, physically, socially, and emotionally, so that they bring honor to God.
HBA's ESLRsExpected School-wide Learning Results
Believing Jesus Christ to be the Way, the Truth, and the Life, Hawaii Baptist Academy brings faith and learning together so that we may join God in the formation of people and the transformation of the world. We do this by cultivating these four sensibilities:
Humility is our response to God, and the beginning of understanding. In awe and with gratitude, we recognize that we are born into God’s creation, which is vast, and into God’s story, which is already in progress.
We cultivate humility by acknowledging the goodness of God and the reality of sin, by taking time to be contemplative, by being open to change, and by knowing that there is and will always be more to learn.
Curiosity is our response to what God has created. With an attitude of wonder, we explore God’s truth through His Word and through His creation.
We cultivate curiosity by asking questions, by seeking opportunities to learn, by trying new things, and by persevering in our quest for answers.
Love is our response to all people in light of God’s love for us. With grace, we live, learn, and play together in community, realizing that God designed us to be mutually dependent.
We cultivate love in community by striving for peace, by eliciting and sharing ideas, by constructively expressing and resolving disagreements, by respecting differences and loving all people, and by asking for and offering forgiveness.
Commitment is our response to God’s plan of restoration. With conviction, we endeavor to carry out God’s purpose by telling His story as we work toward the common good.
We express our commitment by speaking truth and taking responsibility, by caring for God’s creation, and by using our talents and resources to work toward the good of humanity.
List of HBAAFF Films From the Past
Below are a list of HBA student films that screened at HBAAFF over the years. Many of the films that first screened at HBAAFF and art that has been displayed here have gone on to win awards, screen at the Hawaii International Film Festival Student Showcase, or been broadcast on Olelo. The recent films have earned pages on the Internet Movie Database (IMDB.com). (Please note that only this year's films will screen on this website.)
Animation Class 20201
An Array of Anecdotes
Filmmaking in Community
Friendship It's Non-Toxic
Flowers of the Wind
Heart in the Park1
How To: Keep Boredom Away
How to Throw a Football
Life in Covid-191
Pick Up Your Trash
Poetry in Stop Motion
Special Ops: Number 23
Sun Not Smog
Animation Class 20191
Don't Be a Distracted Driver
Eat Local, Eat Fresh5
Finders Not Keepers
Feel the Beat of the Drum
Get Up and Vote!
Is a Text More Important Than A Life?
The Music of Erich Zann
The Time Vine
To See With Our Hearts
The Wonderful World of Jobs
Under the Ocean
We Are U.S.1,4
Food Trekking Episode 1
George Newton: A Passion of Art4
Here with You4
Keep Your Eyes on the Road
A Poetic/Reflexive Scientific Observation of the Reversal of Entropy1,4
Recycling Everyone Can Do It
Welcome to Worming4
Float Your Boat4
The Flower Girl1, 4
The Green Side of Things4
Know It All4
You Never Win with Meth
The Broken Wristwatch
The Things Unspoken
The Bean Hero
Beyond the Halls
Jabberwocky (3D movie)
Meth Kills Dreams3
Between 2 Floors
Hulahoops & a Lance
Of Flowers and Cement
Don't Waste Your Time Smoking
Drugs Empty Your Future
How Many Friends Will You Loose to Under Age Drinking?
In the Bag1
You Can't Escape the Consequences of Under Age Drinking
Be a Hero
If you Drink & Drive Will you Face Regret?
Letters and Lockers
Smoking: It's a Mouthful3
Stop the Cycle
The Windows Between
Do Your Best
Don't Walk Alone
Shades of Grey1
What Lingers in the Dark
1 = Film Screened at the Hawaii International Film Festival Student Showcase
2 = Film won Silver Award in Hawaii State Student Film Festival
3 = Film received HMSA Teen Video Award
4 = Film is listed on the Internet Movie Database (IMDB.com)
5 = Film won its category in the Olelo Youth Xchange Student Video Competition