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Closing Day TBA slots now filled with Popular Faves — THE VANCOUVER ASAHI, MADE IN HAWAII Shorts Program, WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS

The final TBA schedule has been finalized for the closing day of HIFF, Sunday, November 9th. Final slots will be filled with encore screenings of HIFF 2014 favorites THE VANCOUVER ASAHI (HIFF’s Opening Night film), MADE IN HAWAII Shorts Program, showcasing the best in locally-made short films of the year,  and New Zealand vampire mockumentary WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS.

Including the new and last-minute added films WILD, THE LOOK OF SILENCE and SCARLET INNOCENCE, the Festival’s closing…

HIFF announces Halekulani Golden Orchid Winners and NETPAC Award Winner

November 4, 2014 (Honolulu, HI) The 34th edition of Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) presented by Halekulani announced their Jury winners at a private ceremony this evening.

The Golden Orchid is bestowed upon the narrative and documentary films that best express artistic and technical excellence and promote cross-cultural understanding. Each nominated film furthers the Hawaii International Film Festival mandate to entertain, enlighten and empower. An international jury will selected…

Last Minute Film Additions: WILD starring Reese Witherspoon, THE LOOK OF SILENCE follow-up to THE ACT OF KILLING & Korean erotic thriller SCARLET INNOCENCE

The Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) presented by Halekulani has added three last minute additions to this year’s program — WILD starring Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon and directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (DALLAS BUYERS CLUB); THE LOOK OF SILENCE, the follow-up to the controversial and Academy nominated documentary THE ACT OF KILLING directed by Joshua Oppenheimer; and the Korean erotic thriller SCARLET INNOCENCE starring Jung Woo-sung and directed by Yim Pil-sung. 

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UPDATE: Venue change for opening night film THE VANCOUVER ASAHI

Due a power outage at Ward Consolidated 16, HIFF’s opening night film, THE VANCOUVER ASAHI, will be moved to the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18, starting at 8:30 PM tonight, Thursday October 30th.

Because of this change, HIFF will be canceling tonight’s screening of the film THE HIP HOP FELLOW, originally scheduled for tonight at 6:30 PM. It will be rescheduled at a later date.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. Follow us on Twitter @HIFF and on Facebook or visit our…

Immigrant filmmakers highlighted in HIFF program

HIFF proudly presents six excellent films as part of the NEW AMERICAN FILMMAKERS program.

Presented by the Vilcek Foundation, the mission of the New American Filmmakers program is to highlight the contributions of gifted immigrant filmmakers to contemporary American cinema. In 2014, the eighth annual New American Filmmakers program will highlight the work of six talented, cutting-edge foreign-born artists, and will include a master class with one featured filmmaker selected from t…

HIFF Made in Hawaii program celebrates local talent

HIFF is honored to showcase a large selection of locally made films that highlight the homegrown talent Hawaii has to offer.

Sponsored by Flux Hawaii, MADE IN HAWAII is our annual celebration of the best local films of the year; a collection of features, documentaries and short films that showcase the diverse cultural landscape of Hawaii. With the advent of digital filmmaking, there has been an increase of indie production in our own backyard as new media makers emerge every year, tackling…

HIFF’s selection of dark films guarantee to thrill!

HIFF presents several cinematic opportunities guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping this Halloween season. The HIFF Extreme program, along with several special Halloween-night screenings and a selection of sinister short films from the Dark Wave program, promise to disturb and delight audiences of all ages. In addition, we highlight an award winning film from India that continues the growing trend of the Indian crime genre.

HIFF EXTREME is the proverbial “midnight program” of t…

7 Great Date Night Flicks at HIFF 2014

Fall is upon us—oversized sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes, and cuddles with your significant other are in the air and perhaps, you’ve been thinking of shaking up your date night routine. If so, HIFF is proud to present an eclectic and vibrant mix of films that will spice up any average date night. Impress your partner with exciting, hand picked films from around the world, stick around for the unique Q&As, and participate in stimulating panels with the filmmakers themselves! Check out…

Top 15 films for university students

The Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) has a lot to offer university students who have grown weary of the inexhaustible supply of mainstream, uninspiring blockbusters that typically inundate the theaters. While there is nothing wrong with an infrequent dose of pleasurable escapism available through the latest action flick or romantic comedy, university students are apt to seek something more meaningful from their entertainment.

This ‘something’ can undoubtedly be discovered at…

Selection of European films at HIFF, presented by EuroCinema

HIFF and EuroCinema Hawaii are honored to present an impressive lineup of European films at this fall’s festival! The program boasts 11 titles total, with films from Germany, France, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, the UK, and Belgium. Some big name stars to look out for include Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Timothy Spall, Marion Cotillard, and Keira Knightley. For our Centerpiece Film, HIFF and EuroCinema Hawaii have proudly selected the much-buzzed about film THE IMITATION GAME, whic…

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