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Vote for your favorite Local Short Film with Video on Demand – Oct. 1-19

You can help choose a winner at the 2009 Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) by voting for your favorite film before it even premieres!  Starting Thursday, October 1st, The ‘Viewers Choice Award,’ powered by Oceanic Time Warner Cable and presented by Central Pacific Bank, invites subscribers to support Hawaii filmmaking by choosing their favorite Hawaii-made short film at this year’s 29th annual Hawaii International Film Festival.  Viewers will be allowed to vote until Monday, October 19th at midnight. Read More…


We have our first schedule update of the festival.  These updates have already been made on the online guide and ticketing, so this message is for all people using the e-books.  The Oct. 16 screening of RASHOMON now begins at 7:00 PM and the Oct. 16 screening of EARTH DAYS is now moved to 9:30 PM.  Please keep this in mind once the user guide and program book come out.

Conceptualizing Your Film Festival Viewing Schedule


I had lunch with a former board member and one of HIFF’s most devoted film patrons (he and his wife watch, on average, 25 – 30 films per festival). Before we ordered, he takes out a document from his back pocket and showed me something that looked like something out of a fantasy football league score sheet. Instead, it was his “scoring system” of HIFF films that he intends to watch and eventually map out schedule-wise. I was intrigued because he had a unique scoring and color coded system. Red indicated that he saw the trailer online and really liked it, for example. Now, these are films he has not seen yet, but after pouring through the program online for several hours, he assessed each title with his speculative score. Read More

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

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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.

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