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…

Japanese country singer TOMI FUJIYAMA set to perform at Nov 16 screening of MADE IN JAPAN

HIFF35 is honored to bring in Japanese country singer TOMI FUJIYAMA, who at 75 years young, re-ignites her career in the music doc MADE IN JAPAN. Tomi is the only Asian singer to ever perform at the Grand Ol’ Opry and that was back in 1964! She returns to the States to re-live her youth and perform once again on stages and at bars across the US with the goal to return to this hallowed stage. TOMI will be in attendance for the Nov 16 screening and will also perform a song or two! This is a…

Taj Mahal and the New Hula Blues Band to perform at US premiere of AMERICAN EPIC on November 12 at Ward Village

The Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani has just confirmed legendary American blues musician Taj Mahal  and the New Hula Blues Band to perform at the US premiere screening of AMERICAN EPIC, the Festival’s co-opening night film, on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at the Courtyard Cinema Ward Village (located at the IBM Building). 

Henry Saint Clair Fredericks (born May 17, 1942), who uses the stage name Taj Mahal, is an American blues musician. He often incorporates…

Sake Tasting Event at The Pig & the Lady after 11/16 screening of KAMPAI! FOR THE LOVE OF SAKE

The Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani is honored to collaborate with The Pig & the Lady to host an exclusive sake tasting event after the November 16 screening of KAMPAI! FOR THE LOVE OF SAKE.

After the screening, we invite audiences and sake lovers to The Pig & the Lady for a post-film sake event, serving the following sakes featured in the film with an accompanying dish created by Chef Andrew Le for each sake offered:

Okunomatsu Sakura daiginjo…

KUMU HINA this Thursday, June 11 at Courtyard Cinema

Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) is bringing back its 2014 Spring Showcase Closing Night Film, KUMU HINA, to Courtyard Cinema at Ward Village this Thursday, 6/11. Don’t miss this chance to see the film on a big screen under the stars, and for FREE! Special guests will be in attendance for a Q&A after the film.

​Imagine a world where a little boy can grow up to be the woman of his dreams, and a young girl can rise to become a leader among men. Welcome to Kumu Hina’s…

The 26th Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival is here!

The Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival (HRFF) is here! For full listing of films, events and to buy tickets, visit the festival’s official website!

In its 26th continuous year, the HRFF is one of the longest-running and well-respected Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) film festivals in the country. The festival has presented hundreds of documentaries, feature films, shorts and animations from around the world, with special consideration given to Hawai’i-based filmmakers. T…

Free Screening of Sundance favorite RUDDERLESS at Courtyard Cinema, April 9

This April’s Courtyard Cinema film at Ward Village is the Sundance favorite RUDDERLESS, the directorial debut of Academy nominated actor William H. Macy. After a grieving father finds a box of demo tapes made by his now-dead son, he forms a band in hope of finding some peace.

A grieving father (Billy Crudup) goes on a downward spiral after his son is killed in a school shooting. He comes across a box of his deceased son’s demo tapes and lyrics and is shocked by the discovery…

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…

Courtyard Cinema Screenings at HIFF 2014

The Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) presents three additional Courtyard Cinema events this fall, including an exciting sneak peek of Pixar’s new animated film LAVA.

Presented by Ward Village and the Howard Hughes Foundation with support from Consolidated Theatres and Starbucks, Courtyard Cinema launched this past June with monthly screenings every second Thursday of the month.

HIFF presented by Halekulani returns for its 34th edition from Oct. 30 through Nov. 9 and…

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