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CONTAINMENT Asks Important Questions About Nuclear Energy


By Michael Andrews (Ebert Young Writer Participant)

CONTAINMENT is one of those films which raises more questions than answers and is satisfied to leave the audience in a state of uneasy ambivalence, but in the best way possible. The documentary takes an observational and educative tone in its presentation of the current and future concerns of how our nuclear waste is handled, while still presenting three distinct narratives: one related to the Fukushima plant in Japan, one about a…

Operation: Film Festival

By Alexandra Yam (Ebert Young Writer Participant)

Anderson Le is the programming director of the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF). Now, he travels the world visiting other film festivals from every corner of the world in search for gems to showcase in Hawaii. I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to sit down with him and talk about his plans for HIFF this year and in the future.

Alexandra Yam: How long have you been working at HIFF?

Anderson Le: I started in 1999…

Halekulani Golden Orchid Jury Award Winners and Honorees announced at HIFF35 Awards Gala

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Hawaii International Film Festival Announces Festival Award Winners
Halekulani Golden Orchid for Best Narrative Feature: MADONNA, directed by Shin Su-won
Best Documentary Feature Winner: CROCODILE GENNADIY, directed by Steve Hoover
Best Narrative Short Winner: AHI KĀ directed by Richard Curtis
Ryoko Hirosue, Tadanobu Asano, and Ha Jung Woo honored at Hawaii International Film Festival Awards Gala

November 15, 2015…

CAMINO screening Monday night w/ action star & stunt professional ZOË BELL

CAMINO (Hawaii premiere) w/ action star Zoë Bell live appearance
DIRECTOR: Josh Waller

16-NOV 7:30PM DOL

Action heroine Zoë Bell will attend the HIFF screening of CAMINO (shot entirely on the island of Oahu), alongside the director of the film, Josh Waller. After the film presentation, both will be participating in an extended after-film discussion, as well as an in-depth talk about Bell’s burgeoning career as a stunt woman and actress. B…

HIFF Discount Sundays! Get discounts to the following films playing on Sunday

We are doing a last minute fire sale for this Sunday’s screenings. We are offering a discount to the following screenings. We’re reducing tickets to $10 (regular price is $14). We highly recommend the following films, especially since many of them have directors in attendance with some themes we’ve jotted down that may be of interest to people:

11:30AM PEOPLE ARE THE SKY (NAF Section, Return to North Korea, Director in attendance)
12:00PM COURT (Spotlight on India, India’s…

HIFF35’s Official Date Night Guide

HIFF35 opens tonight!

Our opening night events, AMERICAN EPIC and THE THRONE, are epics sure to floor audiences. As you delve into our full program though, it can be intimidating to find the perfect film to watch with your special someone. You walk a thin tightrope when picking a date night movie. You want something romantic, but not so romantic that those fictional characters set unrealistic couple standards. You want funny, but not extreme gross funny. Scary, but something that won’t…

Special Deal for Sports Lovers! Check out these awesome sports films at HIFF35

Fan of football, boxing, wrestling, or windsurfing? Check out these amazing sports-focused films at HIFF35. We’ve got you football fans covered with the amazing documentary IN FOOTBALL WE TRUST about 4 Polynesian football players with their sights on the NFL. Fans of professional wrestling will love the inspiring story of wrestling legend Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts in THE RESURRECTION OF JAKE THE SNAKE ROBERTS. Boxing lovers will go crazy for the double whammy of KID KULAFU, a feature film about…

Limited Discount Rates Available for Local Students & Filmmakers for Asian Pacific Entertainment Finance Forum (APEFF)

Are you a local filmmaker who wants to attend the first annual Asian Pacific Entertainment Finance Forum (APEFF) and learn from established producers and film execs from Hollywood and Asia? Do you want to diversify your content in this current multi-media, multi-format world? Finally, are you on a budget? Winston Baker and HIFF have opened up some seats with discounts for the one day conference on Nov 19 only (excluding other events). Just register online and use the following promo codes…

The HIFF35 Honorees — Ryoko Hirosue, Tadanobu Asano, Ha Jung-woo

HIFF35 is honored to host three Asian stars who encapsulate the true meaning of renaissance and award winning in their fields. Firstly, Japanese actress Ryoko Hirosue is this year’s Career Achievement Award honoree, for her prolific body of work in Japanese media (starting off as a child star and J-pop singer) and is featured in this year’s world premiere screening of HANA’s MISO SOUP.
Tadanobu Asano, on the other hand, personifies “Japanese cool” and has been referred to as “Japan’s…

Looking for a late night thrill (and a special deal)? Check out the HIFF Extreme section at HIFF35!

The most thrilling section at the Hawaii International Film Festival, HIFF Extreme is back with some jump out of your seat excitement for HIFF35. Featuring something supernatural in the Filipino suspense VIOLATOR, the most cut-throat office you’ve ever seen in the Korean thriller OFFICE, a classic haunted ghost story in the Taiwanese film THE BRIDE, and one very sinister dinner party in the LA set THE INVITATION. Great for a fun late-night out with your friends, or a gripping date night, read…

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