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2nd Screening of SHORTS #5 ADDED

We added a 2nd screening of SHORTS #5 on October 25th at 11:15am.

Buy your tickets before they are gone this time.  CLICK HERE

Shorts #5 On RUSH!!

Our first program Shorts # 5 has gone RUSH!!  That means there are no more advanced tickets left for the screening.  Tickets will be avalible at the door based on avalibilty for $10 CASH.

Online Premiere of 2009 HIFF Festival Trailer

Here it is, and in High Definition! For best results, click the ‘Full Screen’ button
(right next to the volume bar) while you’re watching.

This year’s festival trailer stars Daniel Dae Kim, famous for his performances on the hit TV show LOST. It also features local actors Kimi & Eric Chun. The trailer was shot and directed by Todd Robertson of Hyperspective Studios, any many film professionals donated their time to make this trailer for HIFF. The story is based on the “Ink Blot” theme by OrangeRoc. To see the full production credits, click the title above.

Three New Films Added to HIFF’s Program!

How to Live Forever

Three films were just added to the HIFF Program. They include THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, THE THIRD WAVE, and HOW TO LIVE FOREVER. For more details about these films, Read More…

Film Workshops presented by Pacific New Media and cosponsored by HIFF

Are you coming to HIFF and interested in writing, directing or producing for film or television? The University of Hawaii’s Outreach College, Pacific New Media, is offering a series of two film workshops on Saturday October 24th and Sunday, October 25th. These two workshops are being held from 9:00am – 4:00pm on both days and are cosponsored by Hawaii International Film Festival. If you’re a HIFF Delegate, there is a discount on the cost of the workshop. To register call 956-8400 or visit

Please click here for more detail on these workshops, or to see a flyer.

HIFF Festival Trailer premiere: Wed. Oct 7th at 5PM

Ticket sales have now started for the general public, and we premiered the HIFF festival trailer (starring Daniel Dae Kim, from LOST) at our Sneak Peek last week. We’ll be putting the festival trailer online for everyone to view starting on Wednesday October 7th at 5pm. It will be posted here on our blog. If you haven’t seen our PSA yet, it’s sort of a teaser for the full trailer. For some teaser images: Read More

Japanese Anime Films at HIFF

We have three anime films in this year’s festival. They are: EVANGELION 2.0 YOU CAN (NOT) ADVANCE, FIRST SQUAD: THE MOMENT OF TRUTH, and MAI MAI MIRACLE. Click on the title of this post above to see more information about these animated films.

Vote for your favorite Local Short Film with Video on Demand – Oct. 1-19

You can help choose a winner at the 2009 Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) by voting for your favorite film before it even premieres!  Starting Thursday, October 1st, The ‘Viewers Choice Award,’ powered by Oceanic Time Warner Cable and presented by Central Pacific Bank, invites subscribers to support Hawaii filmmaking by choosing their favorite Hawaii-made short film at this year’s 29th annual Hawaii International Film Festival.  Viewers will be allowed to vote until Monday, October 19th at midnight. Read More…


We have our first schedule update of the festival.  These updates have already been made on the online guide and ticketing, so this message is for all people using the e-books.  The Oct. 16 screening of RASHOMON now begins at 7:00 PM and the Oct. 16 screening of EARTH DAYS is now moved to 9:30 PM.  Please keep this in mind once the user guide and program book come out.

Conceptualizing Your Film Festival Viewing Schedule


I had lunch with a former board member and one of HIFF’s most devoted film patrons (he and his wife watch, on average, 25 – 30 films per festival). Before we ordered, he takes out a document from his back pocket and showed me something that looked like something out of a fantasy football league score sheet. Instead, it was his “scoring system” of HIFF films that he intends to watch and eventually map out schedule-wise. I was intrigued because he had a unique scoring and color coded system. Red indicated that he saw the trailer online and really liked it, for example. Now, these are films he has not seen yet, but after pouring through the program online for several hours, he assessed each title with his speculative score. Read More

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