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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…

Japanese country singer TOMI FUJIYAMA set to perform at Nov 16 screening of MADE IN JAPAN

HIFF35 is honored to bring in Japanese country singer TOMI FUJIYAMA, who at 75 years young, re-ignites her career in the music doc MADE IN JAPAN. Tomi is the only Asian singer to ever perform at the Grand Ol’ Opry and that was back in 1964! She returns to the States to re-live her youth and perform once again on stages and at bars across the US with the goal to return to this hallowed stage. TOMI will be in attendance for the Nov 16 screening and will also perform a song or two! This is a…

Korean Made, Internationally Loved. Check Out HIFF35’s Spotlight on Korea

In the last year alone, dozens of debut and sophomore Korean filmmakers have emerged, breaking box office records all over Korea. THE THRONE alone has been a mega box office success, raking in over 43 million dollars and counting. These films have toured the world’s most prestigious festivals, from Busan to Cannes and everywhere in between. Now, HIFF is honored to bring a handpicked selection of explosive, crowd pleasing, and touching stories to our audiences.

Headlining the program is…

They’re here. They’re queer. Get your tickets!

It’s true, HIFF offers no section devoted to LGBTQ cinema, and that is just fine, we have Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival doing a smash-em up job of it already. But HRFF was months ago, and if you are anything like me you just might be in need of a dose of cinema that touches you in places mainstream films wouldn’t dare. As luck would have it, HIFF35 has an exciting and varied offering for you. Follow me, family, I’ve got your good times right here.

 

MARGARITA WITH A…

Taj Mahal and the New Hula Blues Band to perform at US premiere of AMERICAN EPIC on November 12 at Ward Village

The Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani has just confirmed legendary American blues musician Taj Mahal  and the New Hula Blues Band to perform at the US premiere screening of AMERICAN EPIC, the Festival’s co-opening night film, on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at the Courtyard Cinema Ward Village (located at the IBM Building). 

Henry Saint Clair Fredericks (born May 17, 1942), who uses the stage name Taj Mahal, is an American blues musician. He often incorporates…

Sake Tasting Event at The Pig & the Lady after 11/16 screening of KAMPAI! FOR THE LOVE OF SAKE

The Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani is honored to collaborate with The Pig & the Lady to host an exclusive sake tasting event after the November 16 screening of KAMPAI! FOR THE LOVE OF SAKE.

After the screening, we invite audiences and sake lovers to The Pig & the Lady for a post-film sake event, serving the following sakes featured in the film with an accompanying dish created by Chef Andrew Le for each sake offered:

Okunomatsu Sakura daiginjo…

Check out HIFF35’s new Awards Buzz section, a predictor of films that may win accolades this awards season

This year HIFF will be presenting six films that are sparking Oscar interests in our new section AWARDS BUZZ. Already winning Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival, Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s breathtakingly beautiful THE ASSASSIN is one of the strongest contenders this year for Best Foreign Film.

Included in the line-up is Academy Award Winner Charlie Kaufman’s ANOMALISA, a beautiful stop motion film that deals a unique and insightful look into love. Coming from another Award Winner is…

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