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Sneak Peek / Program Launch for HIFF Ohana Members – Sept. 30th

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As an exclusive benefit for HIFF Ohana members, we will be showing a film for free on Wednesday, September 30th at 6:30pm at the Regal Dole Cannery theaters. The full program and schedule of films will be revealed, and our hard copy program guides will be ready. This will also be where our 2009 festival trailer premieres (trailer stars Daniel Dae Kim of LOST).

Filmmakers: How do you see Honolulu’s Chinatown?

Showdown in Chinatown Sept / Oct 2009 flyer

Hawaii International Film Festival, Showdown in Chinatown and the Chinatown Film Project present a challenge to local filmmakers: to create an original short film 5-7 minutes in length that addresses the question, “How do you see Honolulu’s Chinatown?”. All entries are welcome, films are due September 18th.

“The Most Memorable Person I’ve Slept With” Video Contest

The makers of “The People I’ve Slept With“, an independent sex comedy screening at HIFF this fall, are holding a video contest with a grand prize of $500, inclusion in the DVD release of the film, and a “Virgins Do It Better” T-Shirt. The top 5 most viewed entries will also be included on the DVD and will receive a t-shirt.

To enter, just record a 2 minute video that answers the question “Who’s the most memorable person you’ve slept with?” The contest is open to anyone 18 years or older, and submissions must be received by September 18, 2009.

SIFF Opening Night Video Clip

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Here’s a short video clip of our Executive Director Chuck Boller, Anne Misawa (Academy for Creative Media – University of Hawaii), Smart eXchange students (from UH) and members of the New Zealand Film Commission walking the red carpet on Opening Night of the 12th Annual Shanghai International Film Festival, in front of the Shanghai Grand Theatre. The opening film that night was “Wheat”, a Chinese historical drama directed by He Ping.

Sneak Peeks from the 2009 HIFF Trailer shoot

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This past week in Halawa Valley, Todd Robertson of Hyperspective Studios and a crew of film professionals donated their time and equipment to shoot some scenes from the upcoming 2009 HIFF Trailer. Starring in this year’s trailer is LOST regular Daniel Dae Kim, as well as local actors Eric & Kimi Chun. HIFF Ohana members will be able to see the premiere of this trailer around September 30th (more details to come), and we’ll have it on our website to view shortly after that date.

Photos from the “I ♥ HIFF” Open House

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Here are some photos from the I <3 HIFF Member Mixer & Open House that we posted on our Flickr page:

Everyone waiting for their number to be called The crowd at SOHO The crowd at SOHO The crowd at SOHO The crowd at SOHO Showing off our new website

Do you have any photos from HIFF events? Join our HIFF Group on Flickr and add them to the pool! We’d like to see your photos of HIFF.

“I ♥ HIFF” Open House – August 13, 2009

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Come to our open house event at SOHO Mixed Media Bar on August 13th, from 4:30pm to 7:00pm. This event is FREE and open to the public (21+). Learn more about the benefits of HIFF Ohana membership, get the latest information and programming updates about October’s festival and enter a raffle to win prizes (including Interisland round trip tickets with go! airlines). If you join or renew your membership at this event, you’ll get a 5% discount off the total amount.

THIRST Q&A Session & Photos

We had a good crowd for last night’s screening of THIRST, and many of them stayed for the Q&A session afterward, which ended up being about 40 minutes long. After that, the fans were able to line up to get THIRST posters signed by director Park Chan-wook. Here’s a recording of the Q&A session. We also posted some photos from the event on our Flickr page, so take a look at them there.

Screening of PARK Chan-wook’s new film THIRST: July 26

As a benefit for HIFF Ohana members*, we are hosting a special sneak preview of Korean director PARK Chan-wook’s new vampire film THIRST at the Dole Cannery Theaters on Sunday, July 26th at 6:30pm. This film won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. PARK will be in attendance and will have an extended Q&A session after the film. We will also be presenting him with this year’s Vision in Film Award.

HIFF+NGN Summer Film Series On Demand

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Starting August 1st, Nippon Golden Network (NGN) is featuring 10 subtitled films from Japan in their “HIFF” category on channel 680. These films are available on a Pay-Per-View On Demand basis for the month of August. Titles include past HIFF favorites and others. Please click on the “read more” link to see the list of films available.

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