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Availability of Printed Program Guides

This year’s HIFF Program Guide will come in two different versions. The first we’re calling our Program Book, a glossy publication available to delegates, members and sponsors at no charge, and available for purchase by the general public at $5 each. The second version will be our User Guide, a newsprint version available free of charge to anyone. It will still contain all of the film and event information, schedule times, but will be more brief than the Program Book.

These printed program guides are now available to pick up/purchase at the HIFF Box Office, across the street from the Dole Cannery theaters. User Guides are now also available at Best Buy locations in Iwilei and Aiea, Aloha Salads and Whole Foods in Kahala, and 5 L&L Barbecue locations:

L&L Keeaumoku (in Wal-Mart)

710 Keeaumoku Street
L&L Kahala
4618 Kilauea Ave.

L&L Iwilei (same parking lot as Dillingham Costco)

801 Dillingham Blvd. Ste. 1-E

L&L Ward

310 Kamakee Street
L&L Pearl City
1029 Makolu Street, Suite G (Near Wal-Mart)

Green Screen films at HIFF presented by Whole Foods

HIFF continues to bring awareness to the green movement through film with a host of screenings focused on preserving environmental sustainability through social responsibility. 

New Features in our Online Program Guide

Film Trailers!

We’ve worked hard this year to make film trailers available on our online program guide, and you can also view them on our homepage, as well as our YouTube Channel. When you mouse over the featured films on the home page, many of them will have a ‘View Trailer’ link that you can click on.

B-Side’s “Schedule Genius Wizard”

The Schedule Genius is a new feature this year, which will look at the screenings you have added to your personal calendar and automatically find and fix schedule conflicts, suggest alternate screenings, and will make sure you get to see the films you want to see. In addition, you can now download or print your personal calendar or the full schedule of films & events.

HIFF 2009 Program Book

I have to give a big mahalo to Chris who worked so hard getting our 2009 program book on-line so quickly.  I showed my mom the on-line book and the two films she put on her must watch list are: MOTHER (opening night film) and 20TH CENTURY BOYS PT. 3: REDEMPTION.  We are showing parts 1 & 2 again for all of you who weren’t able to see it this past Spring.  What do you want to see most?

FREE films/events at HIFF this year…

There are quite a few films and events that are FREE to attend this year at HIFF. We’ve listed them below in order of date, with links to find more information in our online program guide. For films/seminars at Dole, you will need to get a ticket (free for these events) at our Box Office due to limited seating space.

Sneak Peek / Program Launch for HIFF Ohana Members – Sept. 30th

IP Man Film Still
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As an exclusive benefit for HIFF Ohana members, we will be showing a film for free on Wednesday, September 30th at 6:30pm at the Regal Dole Cannery theaters. The full program and schedule of films will be revealed, and our hard copy program guides will be ready. This will also be where our 2009 festival trailer premieres (trailer stars Daniel Dae Kim of LOST).

Filmmakers: How do you see Honolulu’s Chinatown?

Showdown in Chinatown Sept / Oct 2009 flyer

Hawaii International Film Festival, Showdown in Chinatown and the Chinatown Film Project present a challenge to local filmmakers: to create an original short film 5-7 minutes in length that addresses the question, “How do you see Honolulu’s Chinatown?”. All entries are welcome, films are due September 18th.

“The Most Memorable Person I’ve Slept With” Video Contest

The makers of “The People I’ve Slept With“, an independent sex comedy screening at HIFF this fall, are holding a video contest with a grand prize of $500, inclusion in the DVD release of the film, and a “Virgins Do It Better” T-Shirt. The top 5 most viewed entries will also be included on the DVD and will receive a t-shirt.

To enter, just record a 2 minute video that answers the question “Who’s the most memorable person you’ve slept with?” The contest is open to anyone 18 years or older, and submissions must be received by September 18, 2009.

SIFF Opening Night Video Clip


Here’s a short video clip of our Executive Director Chuck Boller, Anne Misawa (Academy for Creative Media – University of Hawaii), Smart eXchange students (from UH) and members of the New Zealand Film Commission walking the red carpet on Opening Night of the 12th Annual Shanghai International Film Festival, in front of the Shanghai Grand Theatre. The opening film that night was “Wheat”, a Chinese historical drama directed by He Ping.

Sneak Peeks from the 2009 HIFF Trailer shoot

Acrtess Kimi Chun

This past week in Halawa Valley, Todd Robertson of Hyperspective Studios and a crew of film professionals donated their time and equipment to shoot some scenes from the upcoming 2009 HIFF Trailer. Starring in this year’s trailer is LOST regular Daniel Dae Kim, as well as local actors Eric & Kimi Chun. HIFF Ohana members will be able to see the premiere of this trailer around September 30th (more details to come), and we’ll have it on our website to view shortly after that date.

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