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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…

Ma’ili Land: Stories of Hope Q&A Session

This is the Question & Answer session held after the world premiere of Ma’ili Land: Stories of Hope. This is a Big Brothers Big Sisters production, working with kids from the Waianae coast of O’ahu in Hawai’i. BBBS worked with some talented people from the Academy for Creative Media at the University of Hawai’i to make these two short films and the “making of” featurette.

Ma’ili Land: Stories of Hope Q&A Session from HIFF on…

Schedule change for UNMISTAKEN CHILD

We are rescheduling our showing of UNMISTAKEN CHILD on Sunday April 5th at 3:30pm to a new time of Monday, April 6th at 8:45pm.

If you have tickets to one of these shows, they can be exchanged for the later show or a different film if you can’t make it to the new showtime. Please contact our box office by phone at 808-550-8457, or come in person to the Regal theater lobby box…

New screening added for Volunteers and Members

As a way to say mahalo to our great members and dedicated volunteers, we have added a screening of DANCE OF THE DRAGON (shown at our festival last fall) on Thursday April 9th at 12:00 PM (Regal Dole Cannery theaters). This screening is for HIFF Ohana members & volunteers only, not the general public. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Members, please show your membership card to gain entry to this screening.

Tae (Korean heartthrob Jang Hyuk)…

GOMORRAH canceled; BURMA VJ screening added!

We unfortunately had to cancel our 2 screenings of GOMORRAH, because of a schedule overlap, the print will not be available. We’re looking for a replacement for the two show times that GOMORRAH occupied. GOMMORAH will be opening in Honolulu in early May, so you will be able to see the film then. We have added a new film called BURMA VJ, details about it are listed below.

TUE. April 7th | 9:15pm

Armed with pocket-sized video cameras, a tenacious band of Burmes…

Interactive Program Guide + 2 New Films for Spring

We’ve just launched our interactive program guide for the 2009 Spring Showcase. Be sure to check this, as it will have any changes or updates moving forward that didn’t get into the printed material.

We’ve added 2 new films to the Spring Showcase lineup!

SUN. April 5th | 9:15pm

A lovelorn schoolteacher and her class of young high school girls are visiting a rural countryside in search of a shrine rumored to help people find true love. Little do they…

Spring Showcase film information posted!

We have posted a page with film information and photos from the upcoming Spring Showcase. So far we have 18 films, and will have between 20-25 by the time the festival starts. The schedule and ticket links are coming very soon.

Update March 4: Two more films have been added to our Spring Showcase. An animated film called Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone, and a Korean film called Marin…

Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in this year’s Oscar Party.

This year’s Oscar Night America party to benefit the Hawaii International Film Festival was a definite success. We had close to 300 people attend at the newly remodeled Royal Hawaiian Hotel. over 100 silent auction items that ranged from an engraved 2009 Oscars bottle of champagne, a briefcase by Louis Vuitton, hotel stays, restaurant and salon gift certificates, prints by Hawai’i artist Peggy Chun, to props from Leatherheads and House.

We were also mentioned by Roger Ebert in his recent…

81st Academy Awards Nominees Announced

Nominations for the 81st Academy Awards were announced this past Tuesday by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Sid Ganis and Oscar winner Forest Whitaker. We have included a list of the nominees below, and you can see who won by attending our Oscar Night America party at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel on Sunday, February 22.
Performance by an actor in a leading role

Richard Jenkins in “The Visitor” (Overture Films)
Frank Langella in “Frost/Nixon” (Universal)

Oscar Night America 2009 Press Release


HONOLULU – The iconic Royal Hawaiian Hotel, known as a luxurious holiday haven for the rich and famous, is rolling out the red carpet for the glitz and glamour of Hollywood’s biggest night. Guests are invited to experience the thrill of the 81st Academy Awards® on Sunday February 22, 2009, at the Hawaii International Film Festival’s (HIFF) very own Oscar Night®…

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