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Just Added Film: BROOKLYN starring Saorsie Ronan and Domhnall Gleeson

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…

Made in Hawaii Films shine this year at HIFF35

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…

Sound X Vision: Celebrating Musical Innovators

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!

CAMINO (USA)
New American…

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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…

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