Monthly Archives: November 2012


We are very sorry to announce the following news, but our annual underground Diversity in Place film festival won’t take place this year.


It was an hard decision to make and we really want to thank you for your submission.


Screen Shot 2012-12-16 at 5.27.54 AMDecember 2012 | The Diversity in Place Film Initiative opens up its 5th annual international call for short films on URBAN UPRISINGS.

“In the wake of the 2008 explosion of the current economic crisis, more and more people are actively fighting to restore what they’ve lost. Not since the ‘60s have so many people across the globe taken to the streets to demand a more just and democratic society, access to housing, health care, education, food, jobs, a clean and safe environment and lives free from police violence. Most of these uprisings are rooted in the urban landscape. Many of their demands imply a major transformation in the way our cities work.”

Share with us your stories of urban uprisings, current and alternative visions of how to build new communities and a new city, and the current work being done toward this end.

The Diversity in Place Film Fest will take place in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, June 16, 2013.


April 20, 2013.


We accept any short film, narrative, experimental, animated or documentary under 30 minutes in length.

  • Please upload your film on and send us the link. If you don’t want to go public, vimeo gives you the option to keep your film private. Privacy options are available so you can have complete control over who sees your videos.  To share the password-protected video, you can send an email to with the password inside.
  • Fill the online submission form


Standard Fee: $15
Student Fee: $10

Please make check payable to Hawai`i Academy of Performing Arts (HAPA) and send to: Diversity in Place Film Festival, attn: Vera HWF c/o The ARTS at Marks Garage, 1159 Nu`uanu Avenue, Honolulu,  Hawai`i l 96817-5121 l Phone: 808.206.0848 l Fax: 808.521.2923l Email
Online payment available.  Standard &  StudentPlease note that there will be a $2 convenience fee included on all online payments.


Approximately May 1, 2013


The festival, which was firstly organized 4 years ago, stems from the attempt to create fruitful intersections between Urban Planning and Filmmaking, as a research methodology, way of knowing and disseminating knowledge about how people live in and experience place. It’s an hybrid event, thought originally in a conference format, and posted as such on more academic circles, especially in its very first reiterations, but then aimed at reaching filmmakers -out of academic circles- interested in the annual theme. We usually post a call -like for a conference, but instead of papers, we ask to submit films on the theme selected for that year.

At the festival, we host introductory notes/lectures by researchers who in the field this initiative was born, i.e. planning/urban studies, have used film in their work. Once again, it is an hybrid event, born in an academic environment to use filmmaking for social research -especially in light of how extensively film is used in the classroom, and increasingly as a research output (and not only in film-related fields) too. An outlet as well a venue where to gather and converse about the films and through the films about issues related to place, placemaking, multicultural cities, diversity, and right to the city to cite few, across disciplinary and professional boundaries.

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