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HIFF Spring Showcase 2015 Member’s Sneak Peek is WOMAN IN GOLD starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds

For the 2015 HIFF Spring Showcase (April 10 – 19), there will be an advance sneak peek of a new film and we’re inviting our HIFF Ohana members to attend this free screening! This FREE screening serves as a “mahalo” to our members by presenting a buzz-worthy, major film before its commercial release and to also officially kick off the HIFF Box-Office for the HIFF Ohana members.

We are honored to present the Hawaii premiere of WOMAN IN GOLD starring Oscar winner Helen Mirren and Ryan…

Japanese films at the 2015 Spring Showcase!

No HIFF Spring Showcase would be complete without some of the hottest titles fresh from Japan, and the 2015 lineup does not disappoint. In addition to the fabulous Opening Night film A SAMURAI CHRONICLE, HIFF has 5 other Japanese titles to hold you over until Fall. From samurai drama, to foodie fare and even a children’s comedy, check out these 6 titles coming to the Spring Showcase in…

Hot Titles straight from Toronto and Sundance Film Festivals

The HIFF Spring Showcase is a great way to catch up on recent award winning films that have recently premiered at major film festivals like Toronto, Busan and Sundance. You can equate these as films that are hot, right out of the major film festival oven, with HIFF Spring Showcase providing an opportunity to serve a prix fixe meal with several courses representing the very best AND latest in international cinema.

Therefore, here’s this Spring Showcase’s tasting menu:

Straight from…

Opening and Closing Night Films at the 2015 HIFF Spring Showcase

For those of you that follow our HIFF Enews and HIFF blog, you have likely seen the exciting announcement of our 2015 Spring Showcase Opening Night and Closing Night films. In true HIFF style we have two very exciting major titles from Japan and China for these key gala film events this Spring. Though you may have read a bit about these titles already, here is the full lowdown on these two titles and the score on the films’ cast and crew as well as their history with the Hawaii Internationa…

17th HIFF Spring Showcase: A sneak peek of 4 films playing this April

The 2015 HIFF Spring Showcase (our 17th edition) is right around the corner, scheduled for April 10 – 19 at the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18! As many of our patrons know, the HIFF organization organizes and presents two film festivals every year: The Spring Showcase in April and the main HIFF in November.  With the Spring Showcase serving as a mini-festival allowing us to screen films that have spring and early summer release windows and also capture opportunities of screening new films…

LAGGIES is this March’s Courtyard Cinema FREE Screening with Sundance alum film director Lynn Shelton in attendance

The Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) and Ward Village are honored to bring in Sundance and SXSW alum filmmaker Lynn Shelton to present her latest film, the Sundance and Toronto Film Festival hit LAGGIES starring Keira Knightley and Chloë Grace-Moretz. The film will be presented on Thursday March 12, 2015 at the popular Courtyard Cinema at Ward Village.

Lynn Shelton is one of the most prolific directors working in the contemporary American independent film scene.  Her break…

Free screening of HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS at Courtyard Cinema, February 12

This February’s Courtyard Cinema presentation is the British feel-good comedy HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS, based on the popular award-winning novel. Comic actor Simon Pegg (SHAUN OF THE DEAD, STAR TREK, THE WORLD’S END, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL) stars as a psychiatrist who travels around the globe to find the secret of happiness.
Synopsis:

Frustrated with his increasing inability to provide meaningful care for his patients, and feeling suffocated in his relations…

THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY kicks off Courtyard Cinema 2015 this Thursday, January 8

Happy New Year! We kick off 2015 with the first Courtyard Cinema Outdoor screening of the year (presented by Howard Hughes Corporation)! HIFF has chosen one of the biggest crowd pleasers, THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY, based on the best-selling book by Richard C. Morais and directed by Lasse Hallstrom (CHOCOLAT), starring Helen Mirren and Om Puri and executive produced by Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg.
Synopsis:
Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic…

New Media Camp 2014 Short Film: HOMECOMING: HO’I HOU

Seven local high school and college students were selected to participate in this year’s New Media Camp.  These seven—Christopher Ahn, Joseph Chang, Jacoby Cid, Dylan DiMarchi, Troy Enoka, Christian Guiterrez and Mari Otsu—met every day after classes, during the duration of HIFF, to collaborate together to write, shoot and edit a short film that was screened on the final day of the Festival. Mahalo to the following New Media Camp sponsors — AT&T, Pacific Islanders in…

HIFF 2014 Favorite UZUMASA LIMELIGHT opens tomorrow at Consolidated Theatres on Oahu and Maui

HIFF 2014 favorite, UZUMASA LIMELIGHT, will be having an exclusive one week run at Consolidated Theatres starting tomorrow, Friday, December 5th!

A moving, nostalgic portrait of the men behind the golden age of chanbara (sword-fighting dramas and films), UZUMASA LIMELIGHT goes behind the scenes of the distinctive film genre for which Japan is famous. A professional extra named Kamiyama (real-life kirare-yaku Seizo Fukumoto) has devoted 50 years of his life as a kirare-yaku in…

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