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Human adversity is common thread in Documentaries at HIFF Spring Showcase

We live in the Golden Age of Documentaries, where non-fiction narratives have become stranger and more incredible than fiction. This year’s HIFF Spring Showcase (March 31 – April 9 at the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18) will screen 8 documentary programs that show the breadth of documentaries that spotlight stories from our backyard to far flung places around the world, shining a light on humanity. If there is one common thread with the docs this year, it’s the resiliency of thes…

TAMPOPO on the big screen plus new Japanese films at HIFF Spring Showcase

For the upcoming 20th HIFF Spring Showcase (March 31 – April 9 at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18), we are presenting another solid and dynamic selection of films from Japan. As many of our HIFF audiences know, Japanese films are the most popular films at the Hawaii International Film Festival. These films are windows that peer into the uniqueness, as well as universality of stories that represent today’s ever-changing Japanese culture. We are also honored to bring back a foodie classic as…

Award winning doc ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL and Chinese films shine at HIFF Spring Showcase

Five films at this year’s HIFF Spring Showcase will definitely resonate with the Chinese American community of Hawaii. These films represent a cross-section of film festival lauded films including the documentary ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL about the resilience of a Chinese American owned family bank that faces off with the U.S. federal government; THE WASTE TIMES, a luscious and dream-like WWII set melodrama starring Zhang Ziyi; PLASTIC CHINA, a documentary about a family living in one of…

Nine Films ‘Straight from Sundance’ screening at HIFF Spring Showcase 2017

The HIFF Spring Showcase, now in its 20th year, was created to be a mini-festival in the spring to serve as a catch-all for any new films coming from major film festivals in the beginning of the year that may be too old by the time the main HIFF unspools in November. Hence, the Spring Showcase, over the years, has been a great way to premiere films that have just played at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, which happens every January. 

In 2017, HIFF is honored to present 9…

LIPSTICK UNDER MY BURKHA and TAKE EVERY WAVE: THE LIFE OF LAIRD HAMILTON added to HIFF Spring Showcase Lineup

The 20th annual HIFF Spring Showcase film lineup just got a little bigger. The HIFF programmers have added two more films after the print deadline of the guide, with the intent to fill TBA slots in the film schedule that were reserved for these opportunities to book major films for the Spring Showcase. 
One is a major Indian film that is in the headlines in India because the national film censorship board will not issue the film a certificate to screen in India because of its…

2017 HIFF Spring Showcase Full Lineup Now Online / Tickets On Sale March 17!

The Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) returns with its Annual HIFF Spring Showcase presented by Halekulani, scheduled for March 31 – April 9 at the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18.  2017 marks the 20th edition of the showcase. Audiences can expect to enjoy must-see narrative and documentary films from Hawaii and around the world.

The Spring Showcase will open with THE PRISON, an action thriller directed by Na Hye-on and starring Han Suk-Kyu (NO. 3;  SHIRI) and Kim…

Courtyard Cinema at Ward Village continues March 9 with WINTER AT WESTBETH

The 2017 Courtyard Cinema at Ward Village season continues with the March 9, FREE outdoor screening of the uplifting and life-affirming WINTER AT WESTBETH, a documentary that takes place in NYC’s West Village, where the elderly residents of a unique artist community continue to question, challenge and create as though there is no tomorrow.

Sarah Ward of Screen International hails the film as “A Delight… follows jubilantly in the footsteps of BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK and…

HIFF 2016 in Hilo on Big Island & Waimea on Kauai — November 17 – 20

HIFF 2016 is not over yet! The Festival continues on Kauai (Waimea Theater) and Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii (Palace Theater) from November 17 through the 20. You can purchase tickets online or at the theatre box-office.

Films include the Big Island premiere of festival hit MELE MURALS, documenting the mural project in Waimea on Hawaii Island with the convergence of the Hawaiian cultural renaissance and hip hop culture, and the amazing surfing documentary GIVEN starring Kauai-based…

HIFF 2016 Award Winners Announcement

Hawaii International Film Festival Announces Festival Award Winners
Halekulani Golden Orchid for Best Narrative Feature: MOONLIGHT, directed by Barry Jenkins.
Best Documentary Feature Winner: THE CINEMA TRAVELERS, directed by Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya. Best Short: COIN BOY directed by Li Chuan-Yang. NETPAC Award goes to KNIFE IN THE CLEAR WATER directed by Wang Xuebo
Simon Yam and Cheng Pei Pei honored at Hawaii International Film Festival Awards Gala
November 11, 2016 (Honolulu,…

Watch HIFF 2016 films at the new Regal Kapolei Commons 12 this weekend

HIFF’s closing weekend includes screenings on the west side this year! The Festival will have all day screenings on Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13 at the newly opened luxury cinema, the Regal Kapolei Commons 12!

Saturday, November 12:
12:30pm MADE IN HAWAII Shorts
3:00pm CINEMA ANGEL
5:30pm MELE MURALS
7:30pm THE AGE OF SHADOWS

Sunday, November 13:
12:30pm THE BOOK PEDDLER
3:00pm TRANSCEND: THE JON MOZO STORY + A-FRAME
5:00pm A NEW MOON OVER TOHOKU
7:30pm SADAKO…

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