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HIFF is looking for Interns & Seasonal Staff

Are you interested in helping to make the Hawaii International Film Festival even better this year? HIFF is now looking for interns and seasonal staff to work from August through the festival in October. See more information about these positions.

We’re also looking for housing for seasonal staff from Mid-August through the end of October. If you have any housing you can donate or that is available to rent, please contact Joshua Nye, HIFF Festival Manager. He can be reached at…

Join us for “I ♥ HIFF” on Thursday, August 16

HIFF members, come join us for a film screening at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 Theaters on August 16th at 7PM. This screening is free for current HIFF members, or anyone that purchases a membership at the event. Film title to be announced soon. We will also be showing 5-10 trailers for films playing at HIFF in October, so stay tuned!

If you wish to purchase or renew a HIFF membership for 2012 / 2013, there will be a special 15% discount for in person sales at this event. Read more about…

Call for Entries ends on July 13th. Submit your film today!

There’s less than a week left to submit your film for the upcoming Hawaii International Film Festival, which will be held October 11-21, 2012. The Withoutabox extended deadline is this Friday, July 13th. Please make sure your entries are postmarked by that date before sending them to HIFF.
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If you’re a student in high school or younger, you have more time, as the deadline for student film entries is August 17th. There are no submission fees for student films.

K-Drama Double Feature! ALWAYS & LOVE ON-AIR

HIFF just added a new screening of ALWAYS on Wednesday, April 18th at 1:00PM. You can get a $2 discount to this new show if you buy tickets to LOVE ON-AIR (also a Korean film) which is playing the same day at 3:30PM. The discount will also apply if you have already bought tickets for LOVE ON-AIR.

Also, don’t forget that we added another screening of martial arts film DRAGON on Tuesday, April 17th at 9:00PM. The first screening was sold…

Bollywood Nights at HIFF Spring Showcase

Bollywood fans, unite! The HIFF Spring Showcase (April 13 – 19) has is presenting major films from India, presenting 3 new Bollywood musicals and 1 drama directed by famed director Michael Winterbottom and starring SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE’S Freida Pinto. Showcasing the full flavor, sounds and energy of Indian culture through cinema, HIFF’s mission is to transport audiences to far off places and sometimes, what you need is to escape to a realm of song, dance and the rich traditions of a formidab…

Sound X Vision: Celebrating the Music of The Descendants

Today we have a guest blog post by Caroline Dodge, production manager at the Pacific Northwest Chapter of The Recording Academy. See her thoughts below about HIFF’s free screening of THE DESCENDANTS (Sat, April 14th at 12:00 PM), a panel discussion about music in the film afterwards at 2:00 PM, and a live concert featuring Hawaiian musicians that night at The Venue, starting at 7PM.
The first time I saw The Descendants, I was immediately struck by the music. I couldn’t get over, as a…

Oh The Horror! At Spring Showcase 2012 that is!

Have no fear horror fans! Or perhaps I should say prepare to be afraid, very afraid! At Spring Showcase 2012 we do truly have films for everyone, and that includes the late night fright fanatic. And any HIFF fest would not be complete with out a great J-Horror to whet your appetites. So this Spring HIFF is bringing TORMENTED 3D from Japan! One of the wildest, most bizarre, and truly terrifying films to come out of Japan since JU-ON: THE GRUDGE (2002). And to complement this eastern fare, HIFF…

Drop That Controller and Hit the Theatre!

With this year’s theme “Films for Everyone”, we didn’t leave anybody left in the dust. Some people have already been preparing for the festival weeks in advance and those are the fans that probably already have all their tickets set. For those who haven’t picked up on the festival buzz yet, maybe because you’re stuck beating that final level of a challenging RPG or taking down the masses on a MMO, the time is now to check out the finest game related films that HIFF has to offer.

Korean Films Shine at Spring Showcase 2012!

Every spring and fall HIFF shines the spotlight on some of the best Korean films of the year, and Spring Showcase 2012 is no exception. Korean films are always some of the most popular festival fare among HIFF audiences, and are beloved by HIFF staff. This year HIFF has a whopping FOUR South Korean films at Spring Showcase! I’m probably not the only one who is jumping up and down and giggling a little at the thought. So just to give you a quick preview of what you have in store, here is a…

Documentary Renaissance at HIFF Spring Showcase 2012

As I wrote in my previous HIFF Spring Showcase 2012 blog entry, we are living through a Documentary Renaissance. With the advent of the digital age, “film” making has democratized the medium, allowing people to pick up a camera and start documenting life with aplomb and frequency.

This year’s Spring Showcase documentaries are a broad cross section of docs from all walks of life — from recent Sundance hits, to social awareness and relevatory film essays of our time, to personal and human…

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