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Call for Entries is now Open

We just opened our Call for Entries season, for the 2009 Hawaii International Film Festival. Please visit our entries page for details, including deadline and fee schedules. Entries are only being accepted online this year, and you can either submit through Withoutabox or our own film submission form.

Save the date for Oscar Night America

HIFF’s annual Oscar Night America party will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2009. Watch a live telecast of the 81st Academy Awards, participate in a…

Metal Samurai Q&A Session

This is the Q&A session that followed the screening of Metal Samurai on October 10, 2008. The guest filmmakers are: Ryosuke Kanesaki (Screen Writer/Director), Kazutaka Fukushima (Producer), Mr. Kasakura (Columbia Entertainment)

Video shot and edited by Christopher…

Finding Aloha Q&A Session

Here’s a video of the short Q&A session that occurred after the screening of Finding Aloha – The Movie on October 10th. We’ll have more videos soon, so enjoy!

Video shot and edited by Christopher…

Audience Award Winners Announced!

We have the results from the counting of your ballots during the festival, and here are the audience awards. Quotes from the filmmakers courtesy of Hawaii Pacific Entertainment.

Favorite Feature:

“By receiving this wonderful award, I feel as if the film has started to walk on its own two legs,” says Takita Yojiro, director of DEPARTURES. “For a filmmaker, a great reaction from the audience is the best treat of all. The film has been fortunate to have had amazing…

Jung Woo-Seung appearance at HIFF!

We had two packed theaters last night for the premiere of The Good, The Bad, The Weird. The major draw was probably the appearance of actor Jung Woo-Seung (who plays “The Good” in the film) and the director, Kim Ji-Woon. We were able to take some video footage of their arrival, as well as a 5 minute intro of the film.

There is one more screening of The Good, The Bad, The Weird tonight at 7:30pm. Tickets are the normal price of $10 for this show. As far as I know, the star will not be in…

2008 HIFF T-shirts on sale!

We have a limited amount of 2008 HIFF T-shirts for sale. They are $15 for general public or $12 for members. See the design to the right. You can pick one up at the box office inside the Dole theater lobby. We have some women’s cut shirts as well as standard sizes, please check at the theater for specific sizes and to see what’s in stock. Get your t-shirt while supplies…

Q&A with Kimberlee Bassford (Director of PATSY MINK: AHEAD OF THE MAJORITY)

LVHIFF News recently sat down with award-winning filmmaker Kimberlee Bassford to discuss PATSY MINK: AHEAD OF THE MAJORITY, her new documentary that explores the life and times of the late U.S. Representative Patsy Takemoto Mink, the first woman of color in Congress and co-author of Title IX, the landmark legislation that mandated gender equity in education. Bassford explained her motivation for making the film and why Mink is an inspiration for Asian-American women everywhere. She also told us…

Q&A with Jessica Yu (Director of PING PONG PLAYA)

Jessica Yu (IN THE REALMS OF THE UNREAL, LVHIFF 2004) is back! This year, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker brings us PING PONG PLAYA, a hilarious film about an obnoxious Asian-American NBA wannabe who is forced into the world of competitive ping-pong. It’s a completely different turn for Yu, who is highly regarded as a serious documentary film maker and Oscar winner. In this exclusive interview, she clues us in on her ever-evolving career!

» Read the Full Interview… (conducted by Jason…

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