Film Promotions

Japanese films at the 2015 Spring Showcase!

No HIFF Spring Showcase would be complete without some of the hottest titles fresh from Japan, and the 2015 lineup does not disappoint. In addition to the fabulous Opening Night film A SAMURAI CHRONICLE, HIFF has 5 other Japanese titles to hold you over until Fall. From samurai drama, to foodie fare and even a children’s comedy, check out these 6 titles coming to the Spring Showcase in…

Opening and Closing Night Films at the 2015 HIFF Spring Showcase

For those of you that follow our HIFF Enews and HIFF blog, you have likely seen the exciting announcement of our 2015 Spring Showcase Opening Night and Closing Night films. In true HIFF style we have two very exciting major titles from Japan and China for these key gala film events this Spring. Though you may have read a bit about these titles already, here is the full lowdown on these two titles and the score on the films’ cast and crew as well as their history with the Hawaii Internationa…

17th HIFF Spring Showcase: A sneak peek of 4 films playing this April

The 2015 HIFF Spring Showcase (our 17th edition) is right around the corner, scheduled for April 10 – 19 at the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18! As many of our patrons know, the HIFF organization organizes and presents two film festivals every year: The Spring Showcase in April and the main HIFF in November.  With the Spring Showcase serving as a mini-festival allowing us to screen films that have spring and early summer release windows and also capture opportunities of screening new films…

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…

HIFF 2014 Favorite UZUMASA LIMELIGHT opens tomorrow at Consolidated Theatres on Oahu and Maui

HIFF 2014 favorite, UZUMASA LIMELIGHT, will be having an exclusive one week run at Consolidated Theatres starting tomorrow, Friday, December 5th!

A moving, nostalgic portrait of the men behind the golden age of chanbara (sword-fighting dramas and films), UZUMASA LIMELIGHT goes behind the scenes of the distinctive film genre for which Japan is famous. A professional extra named Kamiyama (real-life kirare-yaku Seizo Fukumoto) has devoted 50 years of his life as a kirare-yaku in…

Closing Day TBA slots now filled with Popular Faves — THE VANCOUVER ASAHI, MADE IN HAWAII Shorts Program, WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS

The final TBA schedule has been finalized for the closing day of HIFF, Sunday, November 9th. Final slots will be filled with encore screenings of HIFF 2014 favorites THE VANCOUVER ASAHI (HIFF’s Opening Night film), MADE IN HAWAII Shorts Program, showcasing the best in locally-made short films of the year,  and New Zealand vampire mockumentary WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS.

Including the new and last-minute added films WILD, THE LOOK OF SILENCE and SCARLET INNOCENCE, the Festival’s closing…

Free screening of A LONG WAY DOWN!

Courtyard Cinema presents A LONG WAY DOWN
United Kingdom, Germany | English | 96M
Date: Oct. 9 at the IBM Building, 1240 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu HI 96814 (right across from TJ Maxx and Nordstrom Rack). The doors open at 6:00 PM with the film starting at 7:00 PM. ​

Free Event: Free tickets are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Click on the link: GET TICKETS! to get your ticket. Chairs will be provided. Food and beverage will be available for purchase, and DJ Scott w…

Full Program Announcement & Press Release for the 34th Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani

The entire film and events program is now online.  You can head over to the BROWSE FILMS & EVENTS page to view the entire film program. Below is the official HIFF press release, which gives a broad overview of the festival’s programs and events this year.

September 22, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                                …

Must-see films during the final days of the Spring Showcase

We’re now entering the second half of the 15th Annual Spring Showcase presented by Halekulani. Our first weekend went very well and if you were too preoccupied by other events this past weekend – Prom, Kawaii-kon, AYSO soccer games, NCAA Final Four, First Fridays, or a hike up to the Lanikai Pillboxes, then don’t fret! We’re repeating some of our personal fave picks during these final days! We at HIFF know that there is precious little time for people to fit in movies during their busy…

5 Great Options for “A Date and a Movie” at the HIFF Spring Showcase

HIFF is a great location to take out a date. We’re serious! The age-old, gold ol’ reliable “date at the movies” is always a winner and the Spring Showcase has several options for the quintessential date movie (and with a little more depth, because hey, it is a film festival).

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