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Films about Pacific Islanders shine at 2016 HIFF Spring Showcase

Films from Pacific Islanders will always be a main focus in HIFF’s film programming. For the upcoming 2016 HIFF Spring Showcase presented by Halekulani, the film programmers have picked 6 films that represent the broad spectrum of genres, perspectives and stories about and by the first peoples of the Pacific Rim. These selections range from a wildly popular coming-of-age film that was a huge hit at Sundance to return engagements of audience favorites from the previous fall festival, to…

Japanese Film Fare at HIFF Spring Showcase 2016

Love Japanese movies? No Spring Showcase would be complete without some of the hottest Japanese films from the last year, and Spring Showcase 2016 does not disappoint. This Spring we’ve got a little something for every type of Japanese film fan, from Gangster comedy and period drama, to ‘obake’ thriller and indie romance. We’ve even got a little sake documentary to whet your appetite. Read on to find out about the six Japanese films at Spring Showcas…

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…


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…


By Brennan Brown (Ebert Young Writers Participant)

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

November 24, 2015
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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…

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