Melina Kiyomi Coumas

Originally from O’ahu, Hawai’i, I have made Portland my home base for a decade now. With a BA in Film Studies from Portland State University, I create short experimental film works that have screened both locally and internationally. I primarily shoot on celluloid film formats (particularly Super 8 and 16mm), with my work exploring themes surrounding memory, identity, and perception. In recent years, I have been working at film festivals and arts organizations, offering services in artist support, event production, coordination, and festival programming. I am currently the Programming Manager at the Hawai’i International Film Festival, and the Films + Grant Manager at the Filmed by Bike Film Festival.