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I HEART HIFF: See an advance screening of TUNNEL and purchase membership/badge discounts [8/25, 7pm at Ward 16]

It’s that time of year again, as summer days are behind us and we kick off the upcoming HIFF fall season (the 36th Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani is November 3 – 13) with I HEART HIFF! Every year, the Festival presents a free screening of a new film to our HIFF Ohana members and audiences!

Aside from the free screening, it’s also an opportunity to take advantage of our I HEART HIFF early bird discounts for the Fall 2016 membership, including fast passes…

Get tickets to advance screening of KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS — Wednesday, August 17

Attend the advance screening of KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS from Laika Studios (CORALINE, CORPSE BRIDE) before it’s released in theatres! The advance screening takes place on Wednesday, August 17 at Consolidated Ward 16.
Synopsis: 
KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA. Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of Game of Thrones) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seasid…

FATHERS AND DAUGHTERS is August’s Courtyard Cinema Film — Thursday, August 11 at Ward Village

This August’s Free screening at Courtyard Cinema at Ward Village is the family drama FATHERS AND DAUGHTERS starring Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried

FATHERS AND DAUGHTERS directed by Gabriele Muccino
Thursday, August 11, 2016
English | 116M

Synopsis:
Jake Davis (Russell Crowe), a Pulitzer-winning novelist, finds himself fighting against the world when a fatal car accident leaves him to raise his 5-year-old daughter, Katie, all on his own. Overcome with guilt from the loss of his…

HIFF is a proud co-presenter of SPA NIGHT at 27th Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival, screening August 14

HIFF is proud to be co-presenting the Hawaii premiere of SPA NIGHT directed by Andrew Ahn. Debuting at the Sundance Film Festival, the film is a coming-of-age story with a star-making performance from lead actor Joe Seo, who won the Best Actor Award at Sundance.
Synopsis:

18-year-old David Cho (Joe Seo)  is caught between tradition and his future, and there’s no place he feels that tug of war more intensely than at the spa. Raised in L.A.’s Koreatown neighborhood, David is used to…

HIFF Founding Director Jeannette Paulson Hereniko’s One Woman Show back by popular demand (June 5 – 7)

WHEN STRANGERS MEET – A one woman show based on the true adventures of JEANNETTE PAULSON HERENIKO as a Film Festival Director and Filmmaker. This return engagement will be the Kumu Kahua Theatre for three nights only — June 5, 6, and 7.  Tickets on sale now and can be purchased here.

A Film Festival Director travels looking for films – but it’s what she discovers beyond the screen that shatters her illusions of the world and herself…

Many of our patrons know Jeanette as one of t…

Legacy HIFF supporter receives top honor from the Emperor of Japan

Dr. Dennis Masaaki Ogawa, professor of American studies at University of Hawai’i at Manoa and chairman of Nippon Golden Network, received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon from Consul General Yasushi Misawa at an Imperial Decoration Ceremony hosted by the Consulate General of Japan.

The Order of the Rising Sun, founded in 1875 by Emperor Meiji, is the highest civilian honor awarded by the Japanese Government for exceptional achievements.

Dr. Ogawa and the Nippon…

Make it an Indian Cinema Double Feature with THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY and ZUBAAN on Closing Day of HIFF Spring Showcase presented by Halekulani

Are you an Indian cinema fan? Then, come to the last day of the HIFF Spring Showcase presented by Halekulani and make it a Sunday afternoon double feature with THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY and ZUBAAN!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jji1zSwxstU&nohtml5=False

THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY is the true story of Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel) who moves from humble beginnings in Madras to Cambridge University, where the young prodigy’s visionary theories attract the attention of…

HIFF Staff Film Recommendations for Closing Weekend of 2016 HIFF Spring Showcase presented by Halekulani

Having a hard time to decide what to see this weekend at the HIFF Spring Showcase presented by Halekulani? Check out the HIFF Spring Team’s personal faves to watch this weekend! And as an added incentive, we are giving a special $2 off discount to any of these recommended films below if you use this promo code when ordering your tickets online: 12SS16. 

Robert Lambeth, Executive Director — “Living in the UK for over almost a decade, I have a great affinity for British films. Terenc…

Spring Showcase’s Closing Night Film EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!! is a must-see

We are close to the midway point of the 19th annual HIFF Spring Showcase presented by Halekulani and we want to hype up the closing half of films we still have in store for all your film fans out there. We are especially excited to present Austin-based and Academy Award nominated director Richard Linklater’s latest film, EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!!, his “spiritual sequel” to his ode to growing up in the ’70s, DAZED & CONFUSED, which was a benchmark film because it introduced to the world, a…

CHONGQING HOTPOT and MR. SIX bring genre thrills and mature drama in this Spring Showcase latest films from China

Two films from China in this spring showcase’s program showcase contemporary Chinese cinema’s pushing of traditional genres and also highlighting different regions and cultures of Chinese culture that go beyond the center of Beijing. HIFF is proud to present two Chinese films with high concepts, genre thrills that will keep you on the edge of your seat. No wonder China’s box office receipts surpassed the US for the first time this year!

CHONGQING HOTPOT — Three high school classmates open a…

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