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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.

DANCE OF THE DRAGON Synopsis:
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.

BURMA VJ (DENMARK – 85min.)
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!

YAMAGATA SCREAM (JAPAN – 115min.)
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)
Sean…

Oscar Night America 2009 Press Release

HAWAII’S OFFICIAL OSCAR NIGHT® PARTY BENEFITING HAWAII INT’L FILM FESTIVAL TO BE HELD AT NEWLY RESTORED ROYAL HAWAIIAN HOTEL

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®…

Gone Shopping Q&A Session

Q&A session for Gone Shopping, with director Li Lin Wee and actress Sonya Nair. This Q&A session was filmed on October 11, 2008 at the 28th annual Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival.

Part 1

Part 2

Video shot and edited by Christopher Hall – See more videos on HIFF’s YouTub…

Noho Hewa Q&A Session

Q&A session for Noho Hewa: The Wrongful Occupation of Hawai’i, with director Anne Keala Kelly. This Q&A session was filmed on October 13, 2008 at the 28th annual Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival.

Part 1

Part 2

Video shot and edited by Christopher Hall – See more videos on HIFF’s YouTub…

Shiro’s Head Q&A Session

Q&A session for Shiro’s Head, with co-directors Kel & Don Muna. Shiro’s Head is one of the first films to come from Guam. This Q&A session was filmed on October 13, 2008 at the 28th annual Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival.

Part 1

Part 2

Video shot and edited by Christopher Hall – See more videos on HIFF’s YouTub…

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