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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…

Photos from Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings

HIFF was proud to present the Hawaii Premiere of JAKE SHIMABUKURO: LIFE ON FOUR STRINGS last Tuesday evening at the Hawaii Theatre Center. This documentary about Hawaii’s famous ukulele player was made possible by funding from the Center for Asian American Media, Pacific Islanders in Communications and PBS Hawaii. The Hawaii Theatre was packed with locals coming out to support Jake. After the film concluded, Jake talked for a little bit and played a couple of songs for the audience.

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Photos from the New American Filmmakers Reception

We held a reception at Halekulani last Monday evening to honor the six delegates in this year’s New American Filmmakers program. This is a section of films curated by HIFF and the Vilcek Foundation where at least one of the participants is an American immigrant. This year’s delegates are:

Nicholas Bruckman (Producer, VALLEY OF SAINTS)
Mridu Chandra (Director, INDIAN SUMMER)
Radium Cheung (Cinematographer, STARLET)
Ronen Landa (Composer, PARAISO)
Goh Nakamura (Actor/Musician,…

Photos from Amazon Gold / Himalaya Song

Here are some photos form the Amazon Gold / Himalaya Song event, which featured a live multimedia presentation by the artists Gingger Shankar, Mridu Chandra and Dave Liang.

Photos by Ra…

Award Winners for HIFF 2012

Last night at the Governor’s Reception, we announced the winners of the Halekulani Golden Orchid Awards, and the NETPAC Award. We have also added a few more screenings on the last day of the festival.
Halekulani Golden Orchid Award for Best Narrative Feature
KEY OF LIFE (Japan)
Directed by: Kenji Uchida
Screenings:
Wed, Oct 17 at 5:00pm – Regal Dole
Fri, Oct 19 at 5:45pm – Regal Dole

Halekulani Golden Orchid Award for Best Documentary Feature
WHERE HEAVEN MEETS HELL (Indonesia, United…

Photos from Meet The Filmmakers at Rumfire

Last Sunday night, our press and filmmaker guests gathered at RumFire at the Sheraton Waikiki to relax and network at the Meet the Filmmakers party. Many new professional relationships have formed from meeting others in a relaxed atmosphere such as this. The filmmaker delegates that are in town will be present after their film screenings for ~15 minute Q&A sessions. There’s nothing quite like talking to the actual filmmaker at a film festival; You certainly can’t have the same experience by…

Horror Films at HIFF32

With Halloween right around the corner, these films are screening just in time to get your heart racing, mess with your mind, and even make you laugh. You might have caught or missed a few of them this past weekend: DEAD SUSHI, I AM A GHOST, LET ME OUT, and MODERN FAMILY. But fear not, there are more blood, zombies, and chilling stories to come this week! …or maybe you should be scared.

The following films are listed bloodiest to funniest:

ABCS OF DEATH | Thurs, Oct 18 @ 9:15pm: When…

Photos from Japan Reception with Kōji Yakusho

Last Sunday, HIFF held a reception at the Halekulani Garden Terrace to welcome “Japan’s Leading Man”, Kōji Yakusho, to Hawaii. You may recognize him from films such as TAMPOPO (1985), SHALL WE DANCE (1996), and more recently, 13 ASSASSINS (2010) & CHRONICLE OF MY MOTHER (2011). Many of his films have played at HIFF over the years, and we’re proud to present the Hawaii premiere of THE WOODSMAN AND THE RAIN.

Photos by Ra…

Photos from HIFF’s China Night Gala

Last Saturday night, many prominent members of Hawaii’s community gathered at Halekulani for a gala to honor Yue-Sai Kan with a lifetime achievement award. Yue-Sai Kan is a Chinese American Emmy-winning television host and producer, successful entrepreneur, fashion icon, bestselling author and humanitarian.

During the gala there was a beautiful fashion show organized by Neiman Marcus, with a team of lovely models led by Miss Universe China, Diana Xu.

Photos by Ra…

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