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New Screenings of MOTHER & BARBARIAN PRINCESS Announced!


Due to popular demand, we have just confirmed a 2nd screening for both MOTHER (our opening night film) and BARBARIAN PRINCESS, the story of Princess Ka’iulani, who is portrayed by Q’orianka Kilcher.

New Screening Details:

Note: Ticket prices for BARBARIAN PRINCESS are $15 general admission, $12 HIFF members

These shows have almost sold out!

The shows listed below have gone to RUSH status, that is: We will release any empty seats ~15 minutes before the show starts on a first come, first served basis. There’s still a chance to get into these screenings, but you can’t buy tickets in advance anymore.

  • RASHOMON – 10/16 7:00PM
  • SHORTS PROGRAM #5 – 10/17 9:15PM *
  • BLACK RAIN – 10/18 2:45PM
  • THE PEOPLE I’VE SLEPT WITH – 10/18 3:00PM *
  • ZIGENURWEISEN – 10/18 6:00PM
  • RED CLIFF – 10/21 8:00PM
  • BARBARIAN PRINCESS – 10/25 12:30PM

* Films marked with an red asterisk indicate that there is another screening that is not sold out.

Free Screenings for Teachers/Educators on Friday, Oct. 23

Dear Teachers!

HIFF would like to thank the Teachers of Hawaii by offering our Furlough to Film Program.  All the teachers in Hawaii are invited to a free HIFF screening on Furlough Friday, Oct 23! Read More…

A Preview of HIFF on KGMB9

KGMB9’s movie critic, Terry Hunter, has a 2 minute video preview of this year’s Hawaii International Film Festival.

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

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