This year’s SPOTLIGHT ON INDIA presented by the J. Watumull Fund is a broad cross-section on the best in Indian and diaspora cinema. Included in the section are the two biggest blockbusters of the year, the Bollywood hit film BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN starring Salman Khan; the Tollywood historic action epic BAAHUBALI-THE BEGINNING (think the spectacle of SPARTACUS and LORD OF THE RINGS), as well as the award winning courtroom drama COURT, which is also India’s official entry to the Oscars foreign…
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We previously blogged about the first round of JUST ADDED FILMS to the HIFF35 film program and we’ve just acquired one more title to this growing list. The film festival programmers are honored to book an advance sneak peek and Hawaii premiere of the immigrant drama BROOKLYN starring Saorsie Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Kim Broadbent, and Julie Walters and based on the screenplay by award winning writer Nick Hornby (HIGH FIDELITY).
The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film…
It’s been a stellar year for locally made films, which are highlighted in our MADE IN HAWAII section, as well as the PACIFIC SHOWCASE presented by Pacific Islanders in Communications. The films range from 3 narrative features, a look back at the elder statesmen who helped shape our 50th state, a timely doc that explores the housing and homelessness crises in Honolulu, and documentaries that look back in remembrance, while looking forward to the future to fulfill one’s destiny for t…
What do Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, 1960’s Cambodian Rock’n’Roll, the music of the Hopi Nation, the Delta Blues, Cajun, Tejano, and Bayou Country music, as well as the world’s first Japanese Country music singer all have in common? If you guessed “syncopated rhythm,” you might be my new best friend but you’d be wrong. They have HIFF35 in common, of course.
HIFF is thrilled to present three films sure to get your toes a-tappin’ as they take you on three very different musical journeys to t…
Just Added Films: Michael Moore’s latest WHERE TO INVADE NEXT, Oahu-shot action thriller CAMINO starring Zoë Bell & India’s Official Oscar Entry COURT
Although the film program was set by the print deadline (with the HIFF 2015 program books to be distributed around Oahu starting this weekend), the HIFF programming team continues to add last minute additions to various TBA slots already assigned in the overall film schedule, to get the very latest films to HIFF audiences! Well, we’re ready to announce these last minute films, straight from the major fall festivals like Venice, Toronto and Fantastic Fest!
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.
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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…
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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…
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.
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…
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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…