KEDI FREE Screening at Courtyard Cinema at Ward Village on Thursday, May 11

The 2017 Courtyard Cinema at Ward Village season continues with the May 11, FREE outdoor screening of the absolutely CAT-tacular feline documentary KEDI, in what the New York Times called “a frequently enchanting documentary, showcases feline personalities and the humans who look after them.”

Hundreds of thousands of cats have roamed the metropolis of Istanbul freely for thousands of years, wandering in and out of people’s lives, impacting them in ways only an animal who…

Programmers’ Picks: Here’s what to see this weekend at HIFF Spring Showcase

The HIFF programming team has secured 35 films from 16 countries for this year’s 20th edition of the HIFF Spring Showcase, which starts today with THE PRISON as the Opening Night Film and ends on April 9 with CHASING CORAL closing the festival. All films to be screened at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18.

Although there are just 35 films in the Spring Showcase, we know that it’s highly improbable that you can see all 35 (but very possible and we have some devoted members who totally do…

When Juzo Itami brought TAMPOPO to HIFF 1990

It is such a treat to present Juzo Itami’s classic ‘ramen western’ TAMPOPO back to the big screen. One of the most beloved Japanese films of all time, the late Itami’s unique and biting satirical perspectives on Japanese society. Although his unexpected apparent suicide in 1997 was shrouded in a media frenzy scandal, he left a body of work that showcased him as one of the most dynamic directors working in the latter half of the 20th Century.

Jeannette Paulson-Hereniko, t…

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…

HIFF 2016 Members Sneak Peek: Watch the latest thriller from director Park Chan-wook, THE HANDMAIDEN on October 12

We kick off the HIFF fall season with this year’s official HIFF MEMBERS SNEAK PEEK with the advance screening of THE HANDMAIDEN directed by Park Chan-wook!

Original title: 아가씨
director: Park Chan-wook
(South Korea, 2016, 166 min)
“SEXY AND TWISTY AND SO COMPELLING.” – Alison Willmore, Buzzfeed

“THE BEST FILM AT CANNES THIS YEAR. Deliriously twisty.” – Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice


APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD: Keiki Courtyard Cinema at Ward Village, Thursday, September 8

 This September is KEIKI COURTYARD CINEMA at Ward Village! Bring the whole family to see the epic steampunk sci-fi adventure APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD!
Thursday, September 8, 2016
English Dubbed Version | 105M
“Thrilling! A film with instant-classic appeal!” — Variety
“Wonderful! An exciting roller coaster ride!” i09
“A clever dystopian adventure!” — The Hollywood Reporter
“Exciting!” — Huffington Post

From the producers…

I HEART HIFF: See an advance screening of TUNNEL and purchase membership/badge discounts [8/25, 7pm at Ward 16]

It’s that time of year again, as summer days are behind us and we kick off the upcoming HIFF fall season (the 36th Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani is November 3 – 13) with I HEART HIFF! Every year, the Festival presents a free screening of a new film to our HIFF Ohana members and audiences!

Aside from the free screening, it’s also an opportunity to take advantage of our I HEART HIFF early bird discounts for the Fall 2016 membership, including fast passes…

HIFF Founding Director Jeannette Paulson Hereniko’s One Woman Show back by popular demand (June 5 – 7)

WHEN STRANGERS MEET – A one woman show based on the true adventures of JEANNETTE PAULSON HERENIKO as a Film Festival Director and Filmmaker. This return engagement will be the Kumu Kahua Theatre for three nights only — June 5, 6, and 7.  Tickets on sale now and can be purchased here.

A Film Festival Director travels looking for films – but it’s what she discovers beyond the screen that shatters her illusions of the world and herself…

Many of our patrons know Jeanette as one of t…

Limited Discount Rates Available for Local Students & Filmmakers for Asian Pacific Entertainment Finance Forum (APEFF)

Are you a local filmmaker who wants to attend the first annual Asian Pacific Entertainment Finance Forum (APEFF) and learn from established producers and film execs from Hollywood and Asia? Do you want to diversify your content in this current multi-media, multi-format world? Finally, are you on a budget? Winston Baker and HIFF have opened up some seats with discounts for the one day conference on Nov 19 only (excluding other events). Just register online and use the following promo codes…

The HIFF35 Honorees — Ryoko Hirosue, Tadanobu Asano, Ha Jung-woo

HIFF35 is honored to host three Asian stars who encapsulate the true meaning of renaissance and award winning in their fields. Firstly, Japanese actress Ryoko Hirosue is this year’s Career Achievement Award honoree, for her prolific body of work in Japanese media (starting off as a child star and J-pop singer) and is featured in this year’s world premiere screening of HANA’s MISO SOUP.
Tadanobu Asano, on the other hand, personifies “Japanese cool” and has been referred to as “Japan’s…

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