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Trifecta for Filipino cinema at HIFF 2016

Three lives. Three journeys. The selected films from the Philippines this year are raw, personal stories. All three protagonists have haunted pasts that they are more or less unwilling to face, but must do so, in order to move forward. In beautiful Baler we meet Ford, who is a proper surfer beach bum, with imaginary ties to Hollywood and glory, he is content to live in a glittering fantasy. But life, as always, has other plans for him. Filipino rock legend Joey “Pepe” Smith plays a version of…

New Chinese Cinema: The Latest from China and Hong Kong at HIFF36

With the inevitable benchmark of becoming the #1 movie box office market in the world (surpassing the US), Chinese cinema from Mainland China and Hong Kong are in some growing pains — As films become bigger, populated by stars and to cater to all audiences in China, arthouse and auteur cinema continues to fight the good fight to present dynamic works and a space in the crowded marketplace.

For Hong Kong, with a rich history of genre cinema, local directors continue to be challenged to…

Action. Drama. Romance. Korean Cinema at HIFF 2016

Fresh from South Korea, HIFF36 presents some of the hottest titles of the year. Whether you love period drama, spy thrillers, steamy romance, or even zombie horror, our Korean selection has you covered. Featuring 9 Korean titles across the festival program, including Opening Night Film THE LAST PRINCESS, Fantastic Asia! animation SEOUL STATION, Asian Cinerama sidebar title INSIDE MEN, and 6 films in Spotlight on Korea, the 2016 program does not disappoint. Read on to find out the details on a…

Special Sidebar Presentation @HIFF36: Asian Cinerama!

In partnership with the Hong Kong Asian Film Awards Academy, HIFF is proud to present a special sidebar program at this year’s Festival, the ASIAN CINERAMA: ASIAN FILM AWARDS ACADEMY ROADSHOW. Putting the spotlight on some of the best Asian films to debut over the last three years, the ASIAN CINERAMA program features six Asian Film Awards’ nominated and winning titles. Showcasing a diverse range of films from a variety of countries, the program features two titles from Hong Kong, one from Sout…

PACIFIC SHOWCASE presents the best in Pacific Islander cinema

Temuera Morrison stars in THE PATRIARCH directed by Lee Tamahori, a reunion for both actor and director since their last effort, ONCE WERE WARRIORS.
The annual Pacific Showcase presented by Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) is a section that we proudly program the very best in Pacific Islander cinema, ranging from emerging and veteran filmmakers that is integral to HIFF as the festival of record for films from the First Peoples of the Pacific Rim. We are presenting five feature films…

Taiwanese Cinema at HIFF 2016

Building on the success of HIFF’s Taiwanese program over the last several years, the Festival once again presents a selection of top Taiwanese films from 2015 and 2016. Presented with gracious support from the Taiwan Ministry of Culture and Taiwan Academy, and featuring a wide range of titles from fun late-night thrillers such as THE TENANTS DOWNSTAIRS, to slice-of-life drama such as AFTER SPRING, THE TAMAKI STORY… this year’s program is one of the best yet. This year’s Taiwan selection is…

HIFF 2016 presents SOUND x VISION: Films about the love of music

This year’s Sound X Vision showcase is sure to have something for everyone. HIFF 2016 has 4 documentaries about the craft, joy and love of music set in Hollywood, Japan, the Louisiana bayou, and beyond. There is also the unique THE BLUE HEARTS from Japan, a collection of six short films each based on a different song from seminal Japanese punk band, The Blue Hearts. It is impossible to imagine movies without the emotional grounding of music and SCORE is a must-see behind-the-scenes look…

Bollywood & Beyond: Indian Cinema@HIFF 2016

No Hawaii International Film Festival would be complete without a selection of the year’s best Indian films. With four top Indian titles in our SPOTLIGHT ON INDIA program, one featured in FANTASTIC ASIA, and one in our ASIAN CINERAMA sidebar, HIFF has one of our most diverse Indian film programs in years. There’s something for every film fan in this year’s program including blockbuster bollywood action, a gritty murder thriller, and even an Indian-American romantic comedy. Read on to get t…

Newly added films to HIFF 2016 film lineup

Even though when we finalize our film program and go to print, we still have last minute opportunities to book the latest and buzz-worthy films after the print deadline. They consist of heavy-hitting and awards vying films that we want to present to our Hawaii audiences before general audiences and in advance of their winter theatrical releases.

Therefore, here are two newly added films to the HIFF 2016 lineup (with more to come soon):

 
I AM NOT MADAME BOVARY

Director: Feng…

HIFF 2016 presents a stellar roster of films made in Hawaii

A scene from the Hawaiian film HO’OMAU playing in Made in Hawaii Shorts. 
Through our MADE IN HAWAII, SURF CINEMA and PACIFIC SHOWCASE sections at the 36th annual Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani, we have a deep roster of films made right here in our backyard with a myriad of themes and subject matter that resonate with our local communities. These films represent the many characteristics of what makes Hawaii a truly diverse, multi-ethnic and global destination. Wit…

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