POI DOGS (2010)


Screenwriter, Director,
Joel Moffett
Short Film (12 minutes)
Producer: Mark Wolf


Synopsis: The story of two local Hawaii teenagers and their awkward attempts at expressing a budding romantic interest in each other.


In 2015 Poi Dogs was accepted into the permanent collection of films at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of the American Indian.


Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film

– Washington D.C.
Independent Film Festival


Cine Golden Eagle Award
for Best Short Film

– Cine Awards Competition


Platinum Remi Award

for Best Short Film

– WorldFest Houston


Best Short

– Delta International Film and Video Festival


Honorable Mention

– New Jersey International Film Festival  


Award Finalist 

– LA Asian Pacific Film Festival


Seahorse Award for Best Short

– Moondance International Film Festival


Honorable Mention

–Columbus International Film Festival


Award of Merit

– UFVA Conference


Award of Merit

– The Accolade Film Awards


Festival Screenings:


Potenza International Film Festival

(World Premiere- Opening Night Gala)


Athens International Short Film Festival

(Greek Premiere)


Berlin International Film Festival “Berlinale Generation 14plus”

(German Premiere)


Sedona International Film Festival

(North American Premiere)


Carolina Film And Video Festival


Aluta Film Festival 


Big Muddy Film Festival 


Treasure Coast International


Film Festival


Omaha Film Festival


Washington D.C. Independent

Film Festival


New Filmmakers New York


Regensburger Short Film Week International Competition 


Dawson City International Short

Film Festival


Athens International Film Festival


Palm Beach International Film Festival


360/365 George Eastman House

Film Festival


WorldFest Houston


Delta International Film Festival


Sonoma Film Festival


Rincón International Film Festival


Tallahassee Film Festival


Sacramento International Film Festival


Viewfinders International Film Festival for Youth


Charleston International Film Festival


Vail Film Festival


Riverside International Film Festival


Ashland Independent Film Festival


Tribeca Film Festival 


New Filmmakers Los Angeles


Malibu International Film Festival


Maryland Film Festival


Cannes Independent Film Festival

(French Premiere)


Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival


Swansea Bay Film Festival


West Chester International

Short Film Festival


Santa Cruz Film Festival


Lake Arrowhead Film Festival


Connecticut Film Festival 


Philadelphia Independent Film Festival


Maui Film Festival (Hawaii Premiere)


Southside Film Festival


Seattle True Independent Film Festival


Palm Springs International Short
Film Festival


Nantucket Film Festival


Jersey Shore Film Festival


Ventura Film Festival


International Film Festival of Patmos


LA Shorts Fest 


Indianapolis International Film Festival


CINE Awards


Asian American International
Film Festival


Long Island International Film Expo


Salento International Film Festival 


Melbourne International Film Festival (Australian Premiere)


Atlanta Shortsfest


Woods Hole Film Festival 


Sacramento Film and Music Festival


Strasbourg International Film Festival


Native Cinema Showcase 


University Film and Video
Association Conference


Moondance International Film Festival


International Film Festival Ireland 


New Orleans Film Festival 


D.C. Asian Pacific American Film Festival 


Hawaii International Film Festival 


New Hampshire Film Festival 


Tacoma Film Festival 


Santa Fe Independent Film Festival 


New Jersey International Film Festival 


Columbus International Film Festival 


Rivers’ Edge International Film Festival 


Muskegon Film Festival


Cine Las Americas
International Film Festival (Austin, TX)


Native American Showcase  (Santa Fe, NM)


"'Poi Dogs' is a touching, fresh look at young love, through the eyes of atypical romantic leads. Moffett does a great job at revealing the raw emotions and funny situations, set in the backdrop of gorgeous natural surroundings. A real crowd pleaser." 


– Washington D.C.

Independent Film Festival




“What a joy! This tender sweet story soars above the expansive landscapes majestically captured in the films cinematography. A must see and a must feel!” 


– The Los Angeles

Asian Pacific Film Festival