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Oscar Night America Fundraiser Gala & 13th Annual Spring Showcase

Join Hawaii International Film Festival on Sunday, March 7th, 2010 for their annual fundraiser and watch the 82nd Annual Academy Awards® in advance of the public broadcast. Next year’s show will be hosted by Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin. Ten films from 2009 will be vying for the Best Picture award instead of five like in previous years. More details about this event will be coming soon.

The benefit event will be held in the Monarch Ballroom at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Arrivals and cocktail party begin at 4:00 p.m. with the advanced telecast of the award ceremony beginning at 5:00 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase starting January 1st, 2010 for $300.00 per person for seating on the Monarch Lanai or $400.00 per person for seating in the Monarch Room. HIFF Ohana Members are being offered a discounted rate of $250.00 per person for the Monarch Lanai and $350 for the Monarch Room.

Tables for ten are available for purchase at various levels: Level One: $3,000/table (HIFF Ohana Members $2,500/table) – seating outside on the lanai; Level Two: $4,000/table (HIFF Ohana Members $3,500/table) – seating inside Monarch Room; Level Three: $5,000/table – Priority seating inside Monarch Room; Level Four: $8,000/table – Private room seating.

To purchase tickets, please call HIFF at 697-2463 ext. #1.

HIFF’s next Spring Showcase festival will be held in April 2010, and will feature 25-30 international films over seven days. Stay tuned, we’ll announce the exact dates for this festival near the beginning of next year.

HIFF 2009 – What I Liked

I didn’t get a chance to see too many films during HIFF this year, but I did catch CASTAWAY ON THE MOON. I loved it.

HIFF for the Holidays


We’re offering a 15% discount on all membership packages and passes for the 2010 HIFF season between today, December 4th and Christmas Eve (December 24th). Purchase a HIFF membership for yourself or as a gift for a loved one. All new or renewing members will be entered in a drawing to win a trip for two to SIFF (Seattle International Film Festival) in June 2010.

Benefits of a HIFF membership include:

  1. Complimentary film previews before festivals.
  2. Chance to reserve tickets before the general public.
  3. Entry to the theater before the general public. (better seat selection)
  4. Discounts on additional tickets that are not part of your membership package.
  5. Memberships are good for two festival seasons (i.e. Spring 2010 & Fall 2010), so you can spread out your allocated tickets between these two festivals.

Please see our membership page for details on levels and benefits.
Call 808-697-2463 and press 1#.

2010 HIFF Call For Entries is now OPEN!

We have just opened our Call For Entries season for the 2010 Hawaii International Film Festival. For complete details, see our CFE page here. Our first deadline is March 1st, 2010. Until then, the fee to submit your film to HIFF is $40 for features, and $30 for shorts. You can either submit your film through or directly on the HIFF website.

White On Rice Q&A

White On Rice Intro / Q&A from HIFF on Vimeo.

All About Dad Q&A

All About Dad Q&A from HIFF on Vimeo.

Shanghai University Shorts Q&A

Shanghai University Shorts Q&A from HIFF on Vimeo.

HIFF 2009 Audience Awards

(TIE) for Best Feature:
Director: Lee Daniels

Director: Marc Forby

Best Documentary:
Director: Marlene Booth

Best Short:
Director: Brent Anbe

HIFF comes to Hilo, Hawai’i Nov. 6-8

We’re pleased to announce that a selection of films featured at HIFF 2009 will also be screening at the Palace Theater in Hilo, on the Big Island of Hawai’i. They will run from November 6-8. Here’s the full schedule of films:

November 6

November 7

November 8

All ticket sales will be handled through the Palace Theater in Hilo. Advance ticket sales during Box Office hours only: 10:00am to 3:00pm Monday ~ Friday [except holidays] (808) 934-7012

UPDATE 10/29: BARBARIAN PRINCESS added to Hilo Schedule, HONOKAA BOY moved to Nov 8 at 8:00PM.


I just wanted to say thanks to all who attended the festival this year. We had a great time and I hope you did as well. HIFF is over but we are still here getting ready for Oscars and Spring 2010.  I look forward to seeing you all at our next event.

Thanks for your dedication to the festival and a shout out to all who volunteered the festival could not happen without all your hard work.

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