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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.

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.
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…

HIFF Films garner multiple nominations at Independent Spirit Awards

Several films from HIFF’s 2013 and 2014 film programs were recently honored with several Independent Spirit Award nominations, which were announced last week. As the first event to honor independent film exclusively, the Film Independent Spirit Awards has made a name for itself as the premier awards event for the independent film community. It’s a celebration of the spirited pioneers who bring a unique vision to filmmaking.

Along with being a fantastic party, the Spirit Awards…

Roundup of our favorite #myHIFFmoments!

HIFF thanks its audiences, filmmakers, staff and volunteers for sharing their #myHIFFmoments on social media! Your enthusiastic participation with the festival events, filmmakers, panels and of course, the films has helped strengthen the important connection between art and the viewer. Truly experiencing film is not passive, but interactive and that is what we hoped to demonstrate with #MyHIFFMoment!

Through this social media initiative, our aim was not only to help the community share their…

HIFF 2014 Audience Award Winners Announced!

November 11, 2014 (Honolulu HI) — The Hawaii International Film Festival Audience Award winners, presented by Hawaii New News Now, were announced on November 11, 2014. During this 34th edition of the festival, audiences…

Must-see films during the final days of the festival

Despite entering our last final days, HIFF refuses to slow down and some of our power-house film offerings that close the festival are proof of that. Here are five of our most thrilling, heart-pounding films around that guarantee to wrap up the festival with a bang and leave audiences aching for the Spring Showcase.

Director: Leste Chen

Xu Ruining (Xu Zheng), a nationally renowned therapist incredibly skilled in hypnotherapy. But when his career takes…

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