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9 Official Entries to Oscars Foreign Language Film Category featured at HIFF 2015

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has invited the film industries of various countries to submit their best film for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film every year since the award was created in 1956. The award is presented annually by the Academy to a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States that contains primarily non-English dialogue. The Foreign Language Film Award Committee oversees the process and reviews all the submitted films.

Official HIFF35 Press Release — Japanese Cinema Spotlight

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE HAWAII INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY HALEKULANI CELEBRATES THE BEST IN JAPANESE CINEMA AND ENTERTAINMENT
Japanese superstars Ryoko Hirosue honored with Career Achievement Award and world premiere of her latest film HANA’S MISO SOUP
Japan’s “coolest” actor Tadanobu Asano honored with Maverick Award and premiere of his latest film and Cannes winner JOURNEY TO THE SHORE
Master director Masato Harada returns with two new films, samurai period…

Official HIFF35 Press Release — Korean Films Spotlight

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THE HAWAII INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY HALEKULANI CELEBRATES A BANNER YEAR FOR KOREAN CINEMA
 

Opening Night Gala is THE THRONE South Korea’s Official Entry to Oscars Foreign Language Film Category

Ten Korean Films Featured in this year’s Festival including Locarno Film Festival Grand Prize winner RIGHT NOW, WRONG THEN directed by Hong Sang-soo

 Special presentations of two of the biggest Korean hits of 2015, ASSASSINATION and VETERAN…

Award winning ROOM is HIFF 2015 Sneak Peek this Wednesday, Oct 14

We kick off the HIFF fall season with this year’s official HIFF SNEAK PEEK with the advance screening of the award winning ROOM starring Brie Larson. The film, based on the bestselling novel, won the Audience Award at the recently concluded Toronto International Film Festival, an “unofficial” indicator for the upcoming Best Picture Academy Award race.
Synopsis: 
Joy Newsome (Brie Larson), also known as Ma, is being held captive with her five-year-old son, Jack, in a garden shed. It a…

Official HIFF35 Press Release

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE HAWAII INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY HALEKULANI CELEBRATES ITS 35th ANNIVERSARY
 WORLD AND U.S. PREMIERES FROM 41 COUNTRIES WITH STRONG REPRESENTATION OF OFFICIAL FOREIGN LANGUAGE OSCAR ENTRIES IN FILM PROGRAM
CREATIVE LAB AT HIFF ADDS NEW DOCUMENTARY LAB MENTORED BY OSCAR WINNING FRIEDA LEE MOCK & JAMES MOLL;
THE FIRST ASIA PACIFIC ENTERTAINMENT FINANCE FORUM PRESENTED WINSTON BAKER;
PLUS INAUGURAL ROGER EBERT FOUNDATION YOUNG FILM CRITICS…

Apply now for the Roger Ebert Foundation Young Film Critics Program at HIFF 2015

For the 35th annual Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani (or HIFF 2015), we will be launching the first ROGER EBERT FOUNDATION YOUNG FILM CRITICS PROGRAM in Hawaii. In a swiftly changing media environment, informed writing and criticism on cinema is vital to a strong film culture and industry. This program’s mandate is to broaden and strengthen film criticism culture in Hawaii and teach young writers classical, as well as current methods and tasks in critical thinking…

I HEART HIFF is this Thursday, August 27: Watch MEMORIES OF THE SWORD and purchase membership/badge discounts

Watch the new Korean film MEMORIES OF THE SWORD (협녀: 칼의 기억) and also buy your Fall Festival badge in advance at a special one-time discount rate!

Join us for a special private screening of the latest sword actioner starring LEE Byung-hun and JEON Do-yeon, exclusively for our existing and new members on Thursday, August 27 at Consolidated Theatres Ward 16!

In addition, don’t miss this chance to get your discount on memberships and limited numbers of Flash Passes for t…

KUMU HINA this Thursday, June 11 at Courtyard Cinema

Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) is bringing back its 2014 Spring Showcase Closing Night Film, KUMU HINA, to Courtyard Cinema at Ward Village this Thursday, 6/11. Don’t miss this chance to see the film on a big screen under the stars, and for FREE! Special guests will be in attendance for a Q&A after the film.

​Imagine a world where a little boy can grow up to be the woman of his dreams, and a young girl can rise to become a leader among men. Welcome to Kumu Hina’s…

The 26th Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival is here!

The Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival (HRFF) is here! For full listing of films, events and to buy tickets, visit the festival’s official website!

In its 26th continuous year, the HRFF is one of the longest-running and well-respected Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) film festivals in the country. The festival has presented hundreds of documentaries, feature films, shorts and animations from around the world, with special consideration given to Hawai’i-based filmmakers. T…

HIFF Spring Showcase Programmer’s Picks: Anderson’s Favorites for Closing Weekend

Hello, true believers, it’s Anderson, director of programming for the Hawaii International Film Festival. I am blogging from Dallas, Texas and not from the humble and slightly cluttered HIFF office located across the street from the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18. Why the heck am I in Dallas? Well, I was graciously invited to be on the Narrative Feature Jury at the Dallas International Film Festival, which means I had to leave mid-way through the Spring Showcase.

I am slightly sad that I am…

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