Aloha from HIFF Executive Director and HIFF President


The Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani is proudly celebrating its 36th Anniversary as the leading film festival supporting film and filmmakers from Asia, the Pacific, and North America. As the vanguard forum of international cinematic achievement in the Asia-Pacific region, HIFF endeavors to recognize new and emerging talent, promote career development and original collaborations through innovative education programs, and facilitate dynamic cultural exchange through the cinema arts. HIFF 36 proudly presents 177 films, with 19 U.S., 22 International, and 19 World Premieres from 41 countries.

Highlights include Opening Night Film, THE LAST PRINCESS, the true story of Princess Deokhye that is a beautifully filmed and acted drama from Hur Jin-ho, the director of Korean modern classics CHRISTMAS IN AUGUST and ONE FINE SPRING DAY. Our Centerpiece Film, LION, is another true story about family bonds starring SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE’s Dev Patel in what is sure to be an award winning performance. As well our Closing Night Film, YOUR NAME., which is also already considered an animated masterpiece making box office history in Japan.

Halekulani Corporation, HIFF’s key presenting sponsor, will once again present the Festival’s coveted Halekulani Golden Orchid Awards for Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, and Best Short Film. Also being honored this year at the HIFF 36 Awards Gala are famed Hong Kong actor Simon Yam, Oscar winning producer of SPOTLIGHT, Nicole Rocklin, and the legendary actress and martial arts star, Cheng Pei Pei.

Once again, we sincerely thank HIFF’s key presenting sponsor Halekulani and all our sponsors for their vital support. A warm thank you to the dedicated “Hiffies” who continue to support in numerous ways to keep HIFF alive and thriving, and a personal thank you to the HIFF Staff and Board of Directors, who tirelessly dedicate themselves to HIFF’s mission and the unique experience that HIFF brings to our island community here in Hawai’i. On behalf of the HIFF Board of Directors and the HIFF team, we extend our warmest mahalo nui loa!

Robert Lambeth                                                                                 Owen Ogawa
Executive Director                                                                            President & Chairman