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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

HIFF 2012 Audience Awards

You’ve been waiting since the festival concluded on Sunday night, so here are the audience award winners for HIFF’s 2012 film festival. The audience awards are sponsored by Hawaii News Now.


Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature
THE THIEVES (South Korea)
Directed by Dong-hoon Choi

Audience Award for Best Documentary
HARANA (Philippines)
Directed by Benito Bautista

Audience Award for Best Short Film
ONE TEAM (United States)
Directed by Tom…

HIFF at Hilo – October 26 to 30

The weekend after our festival concludes on O’ahu, we’re bringing a selection of films to Hilo on the Big Island. All of these films will be playing at the Hilo Palace Theatre. Tickets are $7 General, $6 Seniors & Students, $5 Palace ‘Stars’. On sale at the Palace Theater Box Office 10am-3pm weekdays. Call 808-934-7010 to purchase tickets by phone with a credit card. Our screenings in Hilo are sponsored by go! Airlines.

Update: Directors will be in attendance for screenings of THE LAND…

Photos from the Governor’s Awards Reception

Last Tuesday evening at Washington Place, the Governor’s residence, HIFF congratulated the winners of its various awards. These included the Vision in Film award, presented to Sundance Institute’s Native Program, NetPAC Award presented to Vincent Sandoval, director of APPARITION, Halekulani Golden Orchid Award for Best Narrative Feature presented to Kenji Uchida, director of KEY OF LIFE, and Halekulani Golden Orchid Award for Best Documentary, presented to Sasha Friedlander, director of WHERE…

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