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Hashtag HIFF

It’s the day before the festival, so we thought we’d take a peek into the eyes of society’s soul: Twitter. Turns out much of Honolulu’s getting excited for #HIFF re: some of our hashtag favs!

…and the account stream keeps flowing. If you want to interact with us, @ or hit us up on Facebook and let’s see some movies together!

You can follow @HIFF on Twitter here, and get wired in with some of us below:

@Sarah_Honda (Sarah Honda/Development Director)
@ale808 (Anderson Le/Director of Programming)
@atmarketing (Toby Tamaye/Party Planner)
@annapage47 (Anna Page/Education and Grant Coordinator)
@ChrisHall78 (Christopher Hall/Web & Social Media Coordinator)
@mattzeus (me/nobody)

Say Morning with Movies: Program Guides and Coffee

Sbux got my name right!

Sbux got my name right!They got my name right! Sbux, you’re now batting 1-29. 

You know it’s gonna be a good day when a Starbucks barista gets your name right. (“Wait, you’re letting me be me, not “Ben” or “Max” or “Mortimer” (true story) this morning? Holla.”) An even better day when you have your HIFF catalog with you—which you can conveniently pick up at your neighborhood Starbucks (aka, any corner on any street anywhere) among other places.

The free program guide, which came out ~1 week ago, is like water for the film festival goer. It has everything in it to survive!

Page 2-3 has Festival at a Glance: an index of every category, every film, every event—a shortlist of special sections and who to stalk visiting filmmakers and actors at this year’s fest. Pages 5-31 is the Program Guide: a list of all the films w/ synopses in alpha order. Pages 34-36 lays out the entire Film Timetable and How to HIFF. What I’m saying is there’s really no reason to be out of the loop. You have a comprehensive guide to HIFF and a cup of caffeine!

PS – when you wake up this time tomorrow morning, it’ll officially be time to HIFF. Good morning, Hawaii!


Do you know what today is? If you don’t know, open your fridge, pull out that leftover Mediterranean orzo and flip on your TV right now to see Anderson Cooper intervieweing Careé Otis, Kim Kardashian’s *~*fairtytale~*~ wedding or reruns of RHOBH (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, duh) to realize it’s…

Still not getting it? Fine, just press play on the video below so we can hit you over the head with the fact today is…

…National Coming Out Day. (That’s it. That’s your answer. You can stop murdering the “play” button now.) That said, Happy National Coming Out Day!

At HIFF 2011 we have a special section named after the original “Born This Way” anthem:  EXPRESS YOURSELF.

Capsule summaries of the three films after the “Read More” jump/pirouette…

Let the Festival Begin!

We are a few days away from the festival and I’ve got my tickets for the movies that I really wanted to see. As my schedule starts to fill in this week, we will see what other movies I have time to enjoy. What I am really looking forward to is Thursday, a big day for the festival as the morning they host an Opening Press Conference at Rum Fire at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, and in the evening is the Opening Night Party at the Halekulani Hotel. That party is followed by the Opening Night movie “The Front Line” at Dole Cannery Theaters. It is going to be a very busy day!

New HIFF Films Announced!

HIFF has added three new films to the program for this year’s festival. THE TSUNAMI AND THE CHERRY BLOSSOM is a documentary about Japan’s recovery from the tsunami earlier this year and is in our GREEN SCREEN section. The second added film is BUTTER, a comedy about butter carving in the midwest starring Jennifer Garner, Olivia Wilde, Alicia Silverstone, and Hugh Jackman. It plays with the short film STEVE, about a man who comes to tea. The cast of STEVE includes Colin Firth & Keira Knightley.

THE TSUNAMI AND THE CHERRY BLOSSOM: Sat, Oct 15 at 3:30 PM  /  Sun, Oct 23 at 11:45 AM
BUTTER + STEVE: Sat, Oct 22, 2011 at 10:00 PM


A new screening of THE LAST RONIN (SAIGO NO CHUUSHINGURA) has been added Sun, Oct 23 at 7:45 PM. Several additional screenings on the last day of the festival will be announced after the awards show on Tuesday, October 18th.

Win tickets to Jackie Chan’s “1911”, opening this Friday

Jackie Chan’s 100th film, 1911, is opening in Honolulu this Friday, October 7th. Thanks to the film distributor, Variance Films, HIFF has four pairs of tickets to 1911 to give away. We’re holding a quick contest, and the winners will be announced in the morning on Thursday, October 6th.

The Contest: To qualify to win a pair of tickets, entrants will need choose the correct answer to 2 trivia questions about Jackie Chan and 1911. To enter, please completely fill out this form. View the full blog post or read below for more details about 1911.

Update Oct. 6: The winners have been announced! Jae Cheung and Judy Francese won vouchers to Pearlridge 16; Dael Hayama and Brandon Wong won vouchers for the Kahala Theater.

*NOTE*: 1911 is being released theatrically, and is not part of this year’s Hawaii International Film Festival lineup.

Tickets are now on sale for members, general public sales start October 3rd.

Tickets are now on sale for HIFF Ohana members and ticket sales for the general public start Monday, October 3rd. Our box office is located inside the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 & IMAX lobby. You can stop by in person or call 808-447-0577 from 11am – 6pm from Sept 29 to Oct 12, and from 11am to the start of the last show during the actual festival dates (Oct 13-23).

Tickets are $12 general public, $10 senior/student/military/children, $8 HIFF members or groups of 10 or more. There are some exceptions: THE FRONT LINE and THE DESCENDANTS (opening & closing night films) and AN AFTERNOON WITH HAWAII 5-0 are $20, HIFF members $15.

Printed program guides are now available at the HIFF office, Regal Dole Cannery Theater, and are being distributed to many places on O’ahu, including all Starbucks and L&L locations. In addition, you can look at our E-Program Book here.

Watch the HIFF 31 Festival Trailer!

The HIFF 31 festival trailer was unveiled last evening at our members sneak peek screening. The trailer was created by Humanhand, the design agency that also created this year’s key visual artwork. We show this trailer before every HIFF screening.

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Shot & Cut: Luke Aguinaldo
Production & Art Direction: Warren Daubert, Justin Cravalho
Original Score: Spirit Sounds by Kenny Endo – Remixed by Matthew McVickar

HIFF 31 presented by Halekulani – Film Program & Schedule Announced!

The full film program and schedule for the 31st Hawaii International Film Festival have just been announced. There are over 200 films from 45 countries represented this year! Tickets go on sale September 29th for HIFF Ohana members, and October 3rd for the general public. We expect certain films to sell out fast, and HIFF members get the first shot at acquiring tickets to them.

Browse Film Program / View Schedule


Big Nights – Opening, Centerpiece, Closing

Opening Night Film

October 13, 2011 8:00 PM

In THE FRONT LINE,  Shin Ha-gyun (SAVE THE GREEN PLANET!) plays a young officer sent to the area to investigate a possible spy and what looks like a sinister case of “friendly fire.” The surprises awaiting him include a reunion with an old friend he believed dead, several run-ins with a crack North Korean sniper, rife indiscipline and insubordination… and a surprising kind of fraternization between the two sides.


Centerpiece Presentation

October 19, 2011 8:15 PM

PINA is a feature-length dance film in 3D with the ensemble of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, featuring the unique and inspiring art of the late great German choreographer. Wim Wenders takes the audience on a sensual, visually stunning journey of discovery into a new dimension: straight onto the stage with the legendary ensemble and follows the dancers out of the theatre into the city and the surrounding areas of Wuppertal – the home and center for Pina Bausch’s creativity.


Closing Night Film

October 23, 2011 6:00 PM

From Alexander Payne, the creator of the Oscar-winning SIDEWAYS, set in Hawaii, THE DESCENDANTS is a sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic journey for Matt King (George Clooney) an indifferent husband and fatherof two girls, who is forced to re-examine his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers a boating accident off of Waikiki.  The event leads to a rapprochement with his young daughters while Matt wrestles with a decision to sell the family’s land handed down from Hawaiian royalty and missionaries.

Luxury Row presents the EuroCinema Hawai’i Film Festival 2011

Founded in 2009, EuroCinema Hawai’i (ECH) is dedicated to using the medium of film to increase the cultural relations between the people of Hawaii and Europe and to provide financial support to Hawaii based student filmmakers through annual scholarships and awards. See details for the EuroCinema Hawai’i films.


October 17, 2011 8:30 PM



October 22, 2011 5:30 PM
October 23, 2011 5:15 PM



October 15, 2011 1:00 PM
October 17, 2011 4:00 PM



October 14, 2011 9:30 PM
October 16, 2011 9:30 PM


October 16, 2011 7:45 PM



October 18, 2011 6:45 PM
October 19, 2011 3:30 PM



October 18, 2011 9:30 PM
October 19, 2011 6:30 PM



October 16, 2011 5:15 PM
October 18, 2011 3:30 PM


Obivously I’m excited about all the movies at HIFF, but of the 10 films we’ve revealed so far, here’s the three that I’m most looking forward to. Whether it’s pyrokinetic SFX pumped or something more nuanced, the job of a good trailer is to get you excited, so these are the different degrees of excitement I feel watching these three below. Find me on opening day, be a champ and sit next to me during ’em to help me keep my cool, pleasethankyou?


This looks…interesting. But  i-n-t-e-n-s-e-l-y  interesting. And demanding (I read it was the most “challenging” piece for audiences at TIFF this year). Based on the novel by Lionel Shriver about a fictional high school massacre (fans of Van Sant’s ELEPHANT, take heed), the trailer gets me most excited about the lead performances. John C. Reilly is a renaissance dude who looks pitch perfect in his role, but two words for you: Tilda Swinton. Like, is she even from this planet? She’s incredible.

More excitement after the “Read More” click…

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