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New at HIFF 2016: It’s FANTASTIC ASIA!

New this year, the Hawaii International Film Festival proudly presents FANTASTIC ASIA! What is FANTASTIC ASIA you may ask? Well fans of HIFF EXTREME rejoice, FANTASTIC ASIA is a re-branded, and expanded version of our beloved midnight movies program. In the film festival world, a ‘Fantastic Festival’ is a film festival that presents the best in genre cinema: thriller, horror, action, adventure, sci-fi, comedy, and all things wild and wonderful. HIFF presents our spin on the ‘fantastic festival’…

Get swept away with Surf Cinema at HIFF 2016

True to its Hawaii roots, there are some fantastic surf documentaries playing at HIFF this year. Stunning visuals is a given with surf cinema (you’ll see why this is a pun if you keep reading!) but these films deliver story-wise, too. Get to know a forgotten North Shore icon; go inside the women’s surf movement at Ocean Beach; and travel far and wide across the globe. The Gaza Strip isn’t exactly known for its hang-loose attitude but the story told in GAZA SURF CLUB is sure to leave a lasting…

October’s Courtyard Cinema Film is THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY screening on October 13 at Ward Village

This October’s COURTYARD CINEMA at Ward Village, come and see THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY (a return engagement, which we screened at HIFF Spring Showcase to two sold out screenings) starring Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons!
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Director: Matt Brown | United Kingdom | 114M

Synopsis:
Featuring terrific performances by SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE star Dev Patel and Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons, THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY tells the story of Srinivasa Ramanujan, the Indian…

HIFF 2016 Members Sneak Peek: Watch the latest thriller from director Park Chan-wook, THE HANDMAIDEN on October 12

We kick off the HIFF fall season with this year’s official HIFF MEMBERS SNEAK PEEK with the advance screening of THE HANDMAIDEN directed by Park Chan-wook!

THE HANDMAIDEN
Original title: 아가씨
director: Park Chan-wook
(South Korea, 2016, 166 min)
“SEXY AND TWISTY AND SO COMPELLING.” – Alison Willmore, Buzzfeed

“THE BEST FILM AT CANNES THIS YEAR. Deliriously twisty.” – Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice

“FOUR STARS. A HUGELY ENTERTAINING THRILLER. Simmering wit…

APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD: Keiki Courtyard Cinema at Ward Village, Thursday, September 8

 This September is KEIKI COURTYARD CINEMA at Ward Village! Bring the whole family to see the epic steampunk sci-fi adventure APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD!
Thursday, September 8, 2016
English Dubbed Version | 105M
“Thrilling! A film with instant-classic appeal!” — Variety
 
“Wonderful! An exciting roller coaster ride!” i09
 
“A clever dystopian adventure!” — The Hollywood Reporter
 
“Exciting!” — Huffington Post
 

Synopsis:
From the producers…

I HEART HIFF: See an advance screening of TUNNEL and purchase membership/badge discounts [8/25, 7pm at Ward 16]

It’s that time of year again, as summer days are behind us and we kick off the upcoming HIFF fall season (the 36th Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani is November 3 – 13) with I HEART HIFF! Every year, the Festival presents a free screening of a new film to our HIFF Ohana members and audiences!

Aside from the free screening, it’s also an opportunity to take advantage of our I HEART HIFF early bird discounts for the Fall 2016 membership, including fast passes…

Get tickets to advance screening of KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS — Wednesday, August 17

Attend the advance screening of KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS from Laika Studios (CORALINE, CORPSE BRIDE) before it’s released in theatres! The advance screening takes place on Wednesday, August 17 at Consolidated Ward 16.
Synopsis: 
KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA. Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of Game of Thrones) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seasid…

FATHERS AND DAUGHTERS is August’s Courtyard Cinema Film — Thursday, August 11 at Ward Village

This August’s Free screening at Courtyard Cinema at Ward Village is the family drama FATHERS AND DAUGHTERS starring Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried

FATHERS AND DAUGHTERS directed by Gabriele Muccino
Thursday, August 11, 2016
English | 116M

Synopsis:
Jake Davis (Russell Crowe), a Pulitzer-winning novelist, finds himself fighting against the world when a fatal car accident leaves him to raise his 5-year-old daughter, Katie, all on his own. Overcome with guilt from the loss of his…

HIFF is a proud co-presenter of SPA NIGHT at 27th Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival, screening August 14

HIFF is proud to be co-presenting the Hawaii premiere of SPA NIGHT directed by Andrew Ahn. Debuting at the Sundance Film Festival, the film is a coming-of-age story with a star-making performance from lead actor Joe Seo, who won the Best Actor Award at Sundance.
Synopsis:

18-year-old David Cho (Joe Seo)  is caught between tradition and his future, and there’s no place he feels that tug of war more intensely than at the spa. Raised in L.A.’s Koreatown neighborhood, David is used to…

HIFF Founding Director Jeannette Paulson Hereniko’s One Woman Show back by popular demand (June 5 – 7)

WHEN STRANGERS MEET – A one woman show based on the true adventures of JEANNETTE PAULSON HERENIKO as a Film Festival Director and Filmmaker. This return engagement will be the Kumu Kahua Theatre for three nights only — June 5, 6, and 7.  Tickets on sale now and can be purchased here.

A Film Festival Director travels looking for films – but it’s what she discovers beyond the screen that shatters her illusions of the world and herself…

Many of our patrons know Jeanette as one of t…

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