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Full HIFF 33 Film Program & Schedule Released!

We have just announced the full film program & schedule for the 33rd Hawaii International Film Festival, October 10-20 on O’ahu. There may be some minor changes and late additions before tickets go on sale for members on September 20th, and the general public on September 24th. We will have printed program guides available next week, but for now browse the film program and schedule online. Our neighbor island films and schedule (Oct. 24-27) will be released soon.

Our selection of…

Enter HIFF’s “Pick the Winners” Contest

Since the 85th Annual Academy Awards are approaching on Sunday, February 24th, HIFF is holding a contest to pick the winners of the various nominated categories. A $100 HIFF Gift Card will go to the winner of the contest, to be announced on Tuesday, January 26th. This contest is free and open to the public, 18 and older.
Enter HIFF’s “Pick the Winners” Contest
Find out more information about the Oscar Experience: Honolulu gala fundraiser that HIFF is holding on February 24th at the Modern…

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…

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…

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.

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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.

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Photos from the Opening Night Reception

HIFF held its 2012 opening reception last Thursday night at Halekulani’s breezy Hau Terrace. Here are some photos from the event. Some of our guests included Mayor Peter Carlisle, Yue-Sai Kan, Miss Universe China Diana Xu, along with filmmakers, HIFF sponsors and our Board of Directors. Attendees rode over to the Dole Cannery Stadium 18 & IMAX Theaters afterward to watch the opening night film, THE SAPPHIRES.

Photos by Ra…

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