Our mission at the Humboldt Film Festival is to expose independent filmmaking to a diverse
range of viewers, and to break away from mainstream filmmaking; thus coming forth with a
deeper appreciation for this medium of cinema as a whole. That being said, we also want
to enrich educational experiences and learning opportunities for HSU students by allowing
them to focus their creative and productive energies on the development and presentation of
the world’s oldest student-run film festival. The integrity of the festival is built on the unique
blend of academic interests, cultural backgrounds, and the creative talents of the students.
Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that the festival maintains its longstanding tradition
as a student-run event – a designation that helps it stand out among a sea of similar festivals.
The Humboldt Film Festival serves as a vehicle for the exhibition of such independent films
and DV works that are commonly regarded as an art form rather than a commercial venture; and unlike commercial films, which often target a specific audience for monetary gain, the independent world of filmmakers must finance much of its own work to secure an audience for it.