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First ten HIFF 33 films announced!

With this year’s festival rapidly approaching, here’s a taste of the films that will be playing at HIFF from October 10-20. We’ll be releasing more film information on a weekly basis from now through the end of August, culminating in the release of the full festival program and schedule around September 1st.

Tickets will go on sale for HIFF members on September 20th, and for the general public on September 24th. Please see the box office page for full details.



Festival de Cannes 2013

Last month, I attended the Cannes Film Festival and the award winners this year were very deserving of their accolades and recognition – French sapphic coming-of-age drama BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR won the coveted Palme D’Or and the Coen brother’s INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, a moody snapshot of the Greenwich village folk singer-songwriter scene of the 1960s, won the Grand…

Save the Date for the 33rd Annual Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani

This year marks the 100th year of film production in Hawai’i, and the Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani will celebrate with its annual event, to be held from October 10-20, 2013. It will feature hundreds of the latest feature length and short films, documentaries, special events, seminars and more.

We’d also like to mention that HIFF will be holding a gala fundraiser for the 2014 Academy Awards on March 2, 2014. Details for this event are still to be determined. It…

Aloha and Mahalo, Roger Ebert

Yesterday HIFF lost one of its greatest friends ever. Our dear pal and colleague Roger Ebert finally left us, after his brave, elegant battle. His disease took his physical voice but never, ever slowed his wit, wisdom, or positive attitude. An extraordinary champion of the Hawaii International Film Festival from his very first visit, Roger jumped right into HIFF and loved every minute of it. We all loved him back. His visits to HIFF were momentous occasions and added immeasurably to eac…

Seven Korean films highlighted at this year’s Spring Showcase

While the Hawaii International Film Festival is a truly international film festival, we definitely lean more toward Asia and the Pacific Rim while programming the films in the festival. Much of this has to do with our location between the East and the West, the heavy Asian influence in the islands, and our audience’s tastes. Here’s a highlight of the seven Korean films we have this spring. All screenings below will be held at the Dole Cannery 18…

Spring Showcase film program & schedule is now available!

We have just released the film program and schedule for the 2013 Spring Showcase, April 5-11 at the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 & IMAX Theaters.

You can view the films and schedule online, or pick up a printed user guide. Guides have been mailed to HIFF Ohana members. They’re available at the HIFF office, and they’re being distributed around Oahu, so look at your local libraries, coffee shops, etc.

Update: Tickets go on sale for HIFF Ohana members March 21 and for the genera…

Preview of 4 Spring Showcase films

At last, here’s what you’ve been waiting for! As HIFF finalizes the program and schedule for the 2013 Spring Showcase, take a look at this preview of 4 films from the festival. The announcement of the full Spring Showcase lineup will be on Tuesday, March 5th. Member tickets will go on sale Thursday, March 28th and general public tickets will go on sale Saturday, Marc…

Submit Your Film for the 2013 HIFF!

Film submissions have recently opened for the Hawaii International Film Festival in October 2013, so submit your film today! We encourage filmmakers to submit works from any genre. We are especially interested in feature films, documentaries, short films, Hawaii-themed films, and student films. There are no entry fees for student filmmakers under 18. This year there is a $15 and $10 fee for films submitted in the MADE IN HAWAII category.

We have several submission deadlines from now throug…

Enter HIFF’s “Pick the Winners” Contest

Since the 85th Annual Academy Awards are approaching on Sunday, February 24th, HIFF is holding a contest to pick the winners of the various nominated categories. A $100 HIFF Gift Card will go to the winner of the contest, to be announced on Tuesday, January 26th. This contest is free and open to the public, 18 and older.
Enter HIFF’s “Pick the Winners” Contest
Find out more information about the Oscar Experience: Honolulu gala fundraiser that HIFF is holding on February 24th at the Modern…

Upcoming Theatrical Screenings – Nov 2012

If you missed some of these films at our festival in October, Oahu residents will have another chance to catch them in the theater. Here are some upcoming theatrical screenings in November that we’re aware of:

Currently Playing – TAI CHI ZERO – Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18
Nov. 9 – KEEP THE LIGHTS ON – Kahala Theatres
Nov 16 – DANGEROUS LIAISONS – Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 & Kahala Theatres
Nov 16 – THE SESSIONS – Kahala Theatres

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