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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

Yuki ni Negaukoto

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.

Call For Entries has now CLOSED

We have now CLOSED our Call For Entries for this fall’s festival. We are only accepting films in the STUDENT UNDER 18 category now, until a deadline of August 1st.

HIFF will be notifying everyone who submitted a film if they were accepted or declined around Mid to Lat…

Shanghai Intl. Film Festival Highlights

I just returned from my 10th official visit to the exciting Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF), with whom HIFF has had a partnership for the past 7 years.

As part of this unique collaboration, I brought 5 students with me from the Academy for Creative Media (ACM) at UH Manoa who worked on 2 new short co-productions with their counterparts at Shanghai University School of Film and Television. 5 ACM films were shown with 5 SU films to an enthusiastic audience at SIFF. Stay tuned for…

Call for Entries Final Deadline – July 6th!

There’s only a week left to submit your film to be considered to play in this fall’s festival! The final deadline is July 6th, and all entries must be received at the HIFF office by Friday, July 10th. Submission Categories, Fees, Rules and Regulations can be found on our website. Click here to submit your film to HIFF.

Students under 18 (high school and younger) may submit their films for free until a deadline of August 1st. Selected student films will play at the Student Showcase during our…

Sneak Peek of Fall 2009 Films #1


Hello HIFF Supporters!

The staff of HIFF thought we’d start getting everyone ready for the 29th Annual Hawaii International Film Festival (October 15 – 25) by giving you a sneak peek of two films we will be showcasing. The first film is THE STRENGTH OF WATER. a family drama based in New Zealand. The second is a comedy from Korea called ANTIQUE. Although both films vary greatly from one another, they are two that I would definitely put down on my must watch list.

Minette Ferrer, Assistant…

Spring Showcase 2009 Survey

Did you attend HIFF’s recent Spring Showcase film festival in April or use our online schedule? We’d like your feedback, so here’s a link to a short survey. Everyone who completes this survey will have a chance to win a bundle of 8 tickets for our 2009 Fall Festival in October. There will be 3 winners, 8 tickets each. These tickets will be good for any film in the fall festival, except Opening Night, Closing Night and…

Treeless Mountain Q&A Video

Treeless Mountain Q&A Session from HIFF on Vimeo.

Here’s a video of Anne Misawa, cinematographer of Treeless Mountain, doing a Question and Answer session after the film on Thursday, April 9th, 2009. She’s a professor at the University of Hawaii’s Academy for Creative Media (ACM – film…

Thank you for a great Spring Showcase!

We’d like to thank all of our members, sponsors, volunteers, and especially our audience members who came to see our films. We had a lot of excellent films this Spring, and can’t wait to bring Hawaii more international film in the Fall. Our Fall Festival dates will be October 15-25, 2009.

We’d like to get your feedback and thoughts about the films you saw at our festival. Please rate and review films on our interactive program guide, or just leave your comments. Did you take advantage of t…

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