Film Promotions

CAMINO screening Monday night w/ action star & stunt professional ZOË BELL

CAMINO (Hawaii premiere) w/ action star Zoë Bell live appearance
DIRECTOR: Josh Waller

16-NOV 7:30PM DOL

Action heroine Zoë Bell will attend the HIFF screening of CAMINO (shot entirely on the island of Oahu), alongside the director of the film, Josh Waller. After the film presentation, both will be participating in an extended after-film discussion, as well as an in-depth talk about Bell’s burgeoning career as a stunt woman and actress. B…

HIFF Discount Sundays! Get discounts to the following films playing on Sunday

We are doing a last minute fire sale for this Sunday’s screenings. We are offering a discount to the following screenings. We’re reducing tickets to $10 (regular price is $14). We highly recommend the following films, especially since many of them have directors in attendance with some themes we’ve jotted down that may be of interest to people:

11:30AM PEOPLE ARE THE SKY (NAF Section, Return to North Korea, Director in attendance)
12:00PM COURT (Spotlight on India, India’s…

HIFF35’s Official Date Night Guide

HIFF35 opens tonight!

Our opening night events, AMERICAN EPIC and THE THRONE, are epics sure to floor audiences. As you delve into our full program though, it can be intimidating to find the perfect film to watch with your special someone. You walk a thin tightrope when picking a date night movie. You want something romantic, but not so romantic that those fictional characters set unrealistic couple standards. You want funny, but not extreme gross funny. Scary, but something that won’t…

Special Deal for Sports Lovers! Check out these awesome sports films at HIFF35

Fan of football, boxing, wrestling, or windsurfing? Check out these amazing sports-focused films at HIFF35. We’ve got you football fans covered with the amazing documentary IN FOOTBALL WE TRUST about 4 Polynesian football players with their sights on the NFL. Fans of professional wrestling will love the inspiring story of wrestling legend Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts in THE RESURRECTION OF JAKE THE SNAKE ROBERTS. Boxing lovers will go crazy for the double whammy of KID KULAFU, a feature film about…

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…

Korean Made, Internationally Loved. Check Out HIFF35’s Spotlight on Korea

In the last year alone, dozens of debut and sophomore Korean filmmakers have emerged, breaking box office records all over Korea. THE THRONE alone has been a mega box office success, raking in over 43 million dollars and counting. These films have toured the world’s most prestigious festivals, from Busan to Cannes and everywhere in between. Now, HIFF is honored to bring a handpicked selection of explosive, crowd pleasing, and touching stories to our audiences.

Headlining the program is…

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…

Check out HIFF35’s new Awards Buzz section, a predictor of films that may win accolades this awards season

This year HIFF will be presenting six films that are sparking Oscar interests in our new section AWARDS BUZZ. Already winning Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival, Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s breathtakingly beautiful THE ASSASSIN is one of the strongest contenders this year for Best Foreign Film.

Included in the line-up is Academy Award Winner Charlie Kaufman’s ANOMALISA, a beautiful stop motion film that deals a unique and insightful look into love. Coming from another Award Winner is…

HIFF35’s Southeast Asian Showcase includes Vietnam’s biggest box office hit of all time and Thailand’s official Oscar Foreign Language Film entry

HIFF is proud to present three standout films from Southeast Asia. Heading the program is HOW TO WIN AT CHECKERS (EVERY TIME). Premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival, Josh Kim’s first feature length film weaves together an unforgettable coming of age story about an 11 year-old trying to get his elder brother out of military draft. In addition, this film is the first completed production that went through Creative Lab at HIFF, and was a workshopped screenplay as part of t…

HIFF35’s Spotlight on China features the best in Mainland China and Hong Kong cinema

This year’s SPOTLIGHT ON CHINA presented by the Hawaii National Bank brings together a diverse cross section of films from China and Hong Kong. Included in the section is MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART, directed by the legendary Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhang-ke. Known for his honest, sometimes harsh, portrayals of contemporary Chinese society, his latest follows similar themes through an epic and touching story of a family, spanning over three decades.

Also featured in the section, is the action…

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