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Why join HIFF Ohana? Read these #IHeartHIFF posts from our patrons and alumni filmmakers

Help us with our initiatives in bringing the best in local, national and international cinema, hosting film luminaries, and supporting local filmmakers and the next generation of storytellers by joining our HIFF Ohana.

Last month we asked our supported to share their stories on social media on why they love HIFF with our #IHeartHIFF campaign. The outpouring of shared stories was so great. But, don’t take our word for it. Here is what some folks are saying on why they love HIFF and why it…

September’s Courtyard Cinema at Ward Village Screening: TAKE EVERY WAVE: THE LIFE OF LAIRD HAMILTON

This month’s FREE COURTYARD CINEMA at WARD VILLAGE is the definitive documentary on waterman and big wave surfing pioneer Laird Hamilton, from award winning documentarian Rory Kennedy (THE LAST DAYS OF VIETNAM). Come see this special advance screening before the film hits theaters on September 28!


Synopsis: “It was the unrideable wave and we rode it.” Rory Kennedy’s TAKE EVERY WAVE captures the remarkable and…

Tell us why you #IHeartHIFF on social media for a chance to win a HIFF 2017 Flash Pass

We’re celebrating #IHeartHIFF this month, and we want to hear from you! In addition to the special sale of our membership packages, we’re launching an #IHeartHIFF contest! For the month of August, tell us why you ‘I HEART HIFF’ on social media with a video, photo, or creative post using the hashtag #IHeartHIFF. At the end of the month, a panel of judges will pick the top 3 posts to win a FREE HIFF MEMBERSHIP. Out of those finalists, one winner will receive a 2017 HIFF FLASH PASS for…

I HEART HIFF: 10% off HIFF Ohana Memberships through August

Throughout the month of August, we are expanding our HIFF Ohana celebration by having a fire sale on HIFF 2017 memberships! For the first time, we are slashing 10% off HIFF Ohana memberships for the upcoming 2017 Festival! You can purchase these discounted memberships now online at the HIFF Membership site.  

Da Kine, Kama’aina, and Ohana Membership levels are available now at 10% off through August 31.

HIFF 2017 Flash and Platinum Passes are also available to purchas…

Save the Date: I HEART HIFF is August 24th w/ Free Screening of THE VILLAINESS

I HEART HIFF IS BACK! As an appreciation to our HIFF Ohana, the Hawaii International Film Festival will be hosting a free screening for our members on August 24 with the Hawaii premiere of the Korean action thriller THE VILLAINESS, which had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. This high-octane female assassin thriller stars Kim Ok-bin (THIRST) in a bravura performance with intense action scenes that rival any Hollywood movie. In other words, ATOMIC BLONDE’s got nothing on THE…

August’s Courtyard Cinema at Ward Village Screening: BARBECUE

The August screening at COURTYARD CINEMA at WARD VILLAGE is the award winning documentary BARBECUE, a global spanning film that showcases the mutual human tradition of cooking meat over flame in bringing communities together, from the Mongolian steppe, to an izakaya in Tokyo, to factory-size fire pits cooking lechon in the Philippines, to the heart of Texas for the best smoked brisket anywhere.


A symphony of meat and fire, BARBECUE shows us how an everyday…

HIFF 2017 Call-For-Entries: Shorts Final Deadline is July 10 + Student Film Deadline is August 1

We have a couple more deadlines for our 37th annual Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani Call-For-Entries! Final deadlines for short films is coming right around the corner, on July 10. In addition, we are seeking Hawaii student films for our annual Student Showcase, and the final deadline is August 1 (no entry fee required).

For all relevant info on HIFF’s Call-For-Entries and how to submit your film for consideration, head over to the HIFF Call-For-Entries…

July’s Courtyard Cinema at Ward Village Screening: TRANSCEND – THE JON MOZO STORY

This month’s COURTYARD CINEMA at WARD VILLAGE is the HIFF 2016 return engagement of the deeply moving and life-affirming TRANSCEND — THE JON MOZO STORY directed by Nikki Mozo and Devin Graham. Crew and Mozo family members will be in attendance!

Title: TRANSCEND — THE JON MOZO STORY w/ A-FRAME (total running time: 74 min)

At 33 years old, Jon Mozo was on top of the world as a renowned surf photographer in Hawaii. Follow the journey of a man who survived a near fatal shark…

Submit your film — HIFF 2017 Call for Entries Deadline is May 14!

Welcome filmmakers! The HIFF 2017 festival will take place November 2 – 12, 2017 at the Dole Cannery Stadium 18 Theaters in Honolulu on Oahu. The regular deadline is around the corner, May 14!
Submit now and get in before the late deadline in late June. We are accepting all genres of film, but are especially looking for new works from Hawaii, as well as works from and about Pacific Islanders, emerging directors from Asia and the Pacific Rim. We also accept films from all over t…

KEDI FREE Screening at Courtyard Cinema at Ward Village on Thursday, May 11

The 2017 Courtyard Cinema at Ward Village season continues with the May 11, FREE outdoor screening of the absolutely CAT-tacular feline documentary KEDI, in what the New York Times called “a frequently enchanting documentary, showcases feline personalities and the humans who look after them.”

Hundreds of thousands of cats have roamed the metropolis of Istanbul freely for thousands of years, wandering in and out of people’s lives, impacting them in ways only an animal who…

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