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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 4:32 p.m., Friday, February 23, 2007

Bill to fund permanent UH film school facility passed

News Release

Today, Senate Bill 1922 to fund a "permanent facility" for the University of Hawai'i's Academy for Creative Media passed without reservation or objection through the Senate Ways and Means Committee. Next the House Finance Committee will consider the companion HB 1868.

The ACM is the fastest-growing new program at the University of Hawai'i. This semester 175 students are enrolled in 20 classes. More than 350 short films and video games have been written, produced and directed by ACM students, and 40 of those films have played in film festivals from Shanghai to Washington, D.C.

The program has 10 students interning on "Lost," is developing Hawaiian language films, has international exchanges with Shanghai University and the Korean National Film Commission, awarded $16,000 in scholarships and awards in 2006, and opened the Internet-accessible $200,000 ACM Computer Animation Renderfarm at Leeward Community College.