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Nominate HIFF to receive a $25,000 grant from Servco Pacific, Inc. — Deadline is this Friday!

Servco Pacific, Inc, is giving back to the community and they are giving 10 non-profit organizations each a $25,000 grant. However, the non-profits must be nominated and whoever gets the most votes, will be in the final 10! The Hawaii International Film Festival, as a non-profit, constantly faces financial challenges and if we are able to secure a final slot, the grant would help HIFF continue onward in presenting and promoting cultural exchange and career development via an internationa…

RYUZO AND HIS SEVEN HENCHMEN Video Review

By Dominic Schweingruber (Ebert Young Writers Participant)

Here is a video review of the film Ryuzo and his Seven Henchmen directed by Takeshi Kitano. The reviewer is Dominic Schweingruber, a participant in this year’s inaugural Ebert Foundaton Young Writers for the Arts program.

As a part of our Ebert Young Writers Program for the Arts, we will be publishing the participants reviews and interviews they produce for the workshop on the official HIFF…

SEOUL SEARCHING is the 80’s teen comedy you’ve been looking for

By Jordan Csigi (Ebert Young Writers Participant)

Benson Lee’s 80’s comedy was the most fun I had during this year’s Hawaii Internation Film Festival. If you liked any of the John Hughes films in the past such as The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off or Sixteen Candles (minus Long Duk Dong), Seoul Searching is a must see.

The movie takes place in South Korea at a government camp for foreign born teenagers to learn more about their culture. The three main protagonists…

ZINNIA FLOWER: Video Review

By Brennan Brown (Ebert Young Writers Participant) 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBBeh_HNYvU

As a part of our Ebert Young Writers Program for the Arts, we will be publishing the participants reviews and interviews they produce for the workshop on the official HIFF…

HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT: A Podcast Conversation

By Alexandra Yam and Brennan Brown (Ebert Young Writers Participants)

In this podcast, Alexandra Yam and Brennan Brown review the film Hitchcock/Truffaut, a documentary about one of the deepest conversations to ever take place about the movies. In 1962 the acclaimed French director and critic Francois Truffaut traveled to Hollywood to interview the legendary Alfred Hitchcock. Alexandra and Brennan discuss the many insights they found from watching the film, directed by Kent…

FRONT COVER Video Review

By Tricia Khun (Ebert Young Writers Participant)

In this video review, Tricia Khun reviews Front Cover, a story of a gay Chinese American who rejects his heritage in an effort to climb the social ladder. Tricia focuses on the culturally complex main characters, the social issues raised by the film, and the film’s surprises that she found interesting.

As a part of our Ebert Young Writers Program for the Arts, we will be publishing the participants reviews and interviews they produc…

Mahalo from Executive Director Robert Lambeth & Consider a Gift for HIFF

And that’s a wrap!  The 35th annual Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani has come to an end. This is the part where we go through the various stages of separation anxiety. Relief sets in first, because after 11 days presenting 186 films, 257 screenings, hosting 267 delegates including overseas stars and dignitaries, and over 45,000 audience attendees, the HIFF staff is just relieved that we survived it all.

However, we already miss the excitement and chatter of…

HIFF35 Audience Award Winners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 24, 2015
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HAWAII INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES AUDIENCE AWARDS PRESENTED BY HAWAII NEWS NOW
KITARAJANIPON Wins Audience Award For Best Narrative Feature
TYRUS Wins Audience Award For Best Documenty Feature
THE ROOTS OF ‘ULU Wins Audience Award For Best Short Film
November 24, 2015 (Honolulu, HI) – The 35th edition of Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) presented by Halekulani announced their Audience Award…

SEOUL SEARCHING Video Review

By Dominic Schweingruber (Ebert Young Writers Participant)

Here is a video review by Dominic Schweingruber on Benson Lee’s SEOUL SEARCHING.

As a part of our Ebert Young Writers Program for the Arts, we will be publishing the participants reviews and interviews they produce for the workshop on the official HIFF…

Analyzing a frame in YOUTH

By Jordan Csigi (Ebert Young Writers Participant)

Youth is filled with a lot of beautifully composed shots but the one that was imprinted into my mind took place within the first 10 minutes of the film. Michael Caine plays Fred, a retired maestro living in a Swiss Spa and is being given the opportunity to perform for the Queen but he refuses to do so. Meanwhile being asked, we see Paul Dano’s character, Jimmy tree listening in on the conversation. As he is listening, it cuts to Jimmy…

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