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THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY kicks off Courtyard Cinema 2015 this Thursday, January 8

Happy New Year! We kick off 2015 with the first Courtyard Cinema Outdoor screening of the year (presented by Howard Hughes Corporation)! HIFF has chosen one of the biggest crowd pleasers, THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY, based on the best-selling book by Richard C. Morais and directed by Lasse Hallstrom (CHOCOLAT), starring Helen Mirren and Om Puri and executive produced by Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg.
Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic…

New Media Camp 2014 Short Film: HOMECOMING: HO’I HOU

Seven local high school and college students were selected to participate in this year’s New Media Camp.  These seven—Christopher Ahn, Joseph Chang, Jacoby Cid, Dylan DiMarchi, Troy Enoka, Christian Guiterrez and Mari Otsu—met every day after classes, during the duration of HIFF, to collaborate together to write, shoot and edit a short film that was screened on the final day of the Festival. Mahalo to the following New Media Camp sponsors — AT&T, Pacific Islanders in…

HIFF 2014 Favorite UZUMASA LIMELIGHT opens tomorrow at Consolidated Theatres on Oahu and Maui

HIFF 2014 favorite, UZUMASA LIMELIGHT, will be having an exclusive one week run at Consolidated Theatres starting tomorrow, Friday, December 5th!

A moving, nostalgic portrait of the men behind the golden age of chanbara (sword-fighting dramas and films), UZUMASA LIMELIGHT goes behind the scenes of the distinctive film genre for which Japan is famous. A professional extra named Kamiyama (real-life kirare-yaku Seizo Fukumoto) has devoted 50 years of his life as a kirare-yaku in…

HIFF Films garner multiple nominations at Independent Spirit Awards

Several films from HIFF’s 2013 and 2014 film programs were recently honored with several Independent Spirit Award nominations, which were announced last week. As the first event to honor independent film exclusively, the Film Independent Spirit Awards has made a name for itself as the premier awards event for the independent film community. It’s a celebration of the spirited pioneers who bring a unique vision to filmmaking.

Along with being a fantastic party, the Spirit Awards…

Roundup of our favorite #myHIFFmoments!

HIFF thanks its audiences, filmmakers, staff and volunteers for sharing their #myHIFFmoments on social media! Your enthusiastic participation with the festival events, filmmakers, panels and of course, the films has helped strengthen the important connection between art and the viewer. Truly experiencing film is not passive, but interactive and that is what we hoped to demonstrate with #MyHIFFMoment!

Through this social media initiative, our aim was not only to help the community share their…

HIFF 2014 Audience Award Winners Announced!

November 11, 2014 (Honolulu HI) – The Hawaii International Film Festival Audience Award winners, presented by Hawaii New News Now, were announced on November 11, 2014. During this 34th edition of the festival, audiences…

Must-see films during the final days of the festival

Despite entering our last final days, HIFF refuses to slow down and some of our power-house film offerings that close the festival are proof of that. Here are five of our most thrilling, heart-pounding films around that guarantee to wrap up the festival with a bang and leave audiences aching for the Spring Showcase.

Director: Leste Chen

Xu Ruining (Xu Zheng), a nationally renowned therapist incredibly skilled in hypnotherapy. But when his career takes…

Closing Day TBA slots now filled with Popular Faves — THE VANCOUVER ASAHI, MADE IN HAWAII Shorts Program, WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS

The final TBA schedule has been finalized for the closing day of HIFF, Sunday, November 9th. Final slots will be filled with encore screenings of HIFF 2014 favorites THE VANCOUVER ASAHI (HIFF’s Opening Night film), MADE IN HAWAII Shorts Program, showcasing the best in locally-made short films of the year,  and New Zealand vampire mockumentary WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS.

Including the new and last-minute added films WILD, THE LOOK OF SILENCE and SCARLET INNOCENCE, the Festival’s closing…

HIFF announces Halekulani Golden Orchid Winners and NETPAC Award Winner

November 4, 2014 (Honolulu, HI) The 34th edition of Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) presented by Halekulani announced their Jury winners at a private ceremony this evening.

The Golden Orchid is bestowed upon the narrative and documentary films that best express artistic and technical excellence and promote cross-cultural understanding. Each nominated film furthers the Hawaii International Film Festival mandate to entertain, enlighten and empower. An international jury will selected…

Last Minute Film Additions: WILD starring Reese Witherspoon, THE LOOK OF SILENCE follow-up to THE ACT OF KILLING & Korean erotic thriller SCARLET INNOCENCE

The Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) presented by Halekulani has added three last minute additions to this year’s program — WILD starring Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon and directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (DALLAS BUYERS CLUB); THE LOOK OF SILENCE, the follow-up to the controversial and Academy nominated documentary THE ACT OF KILLING directed by Joshua Oppenheimer; and the Korean erotic thriller SCARLET INNOCENCE starring Jung Woo-sung and directed by Yim Pil-sung. 


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