Film Promotions

Bollywood & Beyond: Indian Cinema@HIFF 2016

No Hawaii International Film Festival would be complete without a selection of the year’s best Indian films. With four top Indian titles in our SPOTLIGHT ON INDIA program, one featured in FANTASTIC ASIA, and one in our ASIAN CINERAMA sidebar, HIFF has one of our most diverse Indian film programs in years. There’s something for every film fan in this year’s program including blockbuster bollywood action, a gritty murder thriller, and even an Indian-American romantic comedy. Read on to get t…

New at HIFF 2016: It’s FANTASTIC ASIA!

New this year, the Hawaii International Film Festival proudly presents FANTASTIC ASIA! What is FANTASTIC ASIA you may ask? Well fans of HIFF EXTREME rejoice, FANTASTIC ASIA is a re-branded, and expanded version of our beloved midnight movies program. In the film festival world, a ‘Fantastic Festival’ is a film festival that presents the best in genre cinema: thriller, horror, action, adventure, sci-fi, comedy, and all things wild and wonderful. HIFF presents our spin on the ‘fantastic festival’…

Get swept away with Surf Cinema at HIFF 2016

True to its Hawaii roots, there are some fantastic surf documentaries playing at HIFF this year. Stunning visuals is a given with surf cinema (you’ll see why this is a pun if you keep reading!) but these films deliver story-wise, too. Get to know a forgotten North Shore icon; go inside the women’s surf movement at Ocean Beach; and travel far and wide across the globe. The Gaza Strip isn’t exactly known for its hang-loose attitude but the story told in GAZA SURF CLUB is sure to leave a lasting…

Get tickets to advance screening of KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS — Wednesday, August 17

Attend the advance screening of KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS from Laika Studios (CORALINE, CORPSE BRIDE) before it’s released in theatres! The advance screening takes place on Wednesday, August 17 at Consolidated Ward 16.
KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA. Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of Game of Thrones) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seasid…

FATHERS AND DAUGHTERS is August’s Courtyard Cinema Film — Thursday, August 11 at Ward Village

This August’s Free screening at Courtyard Cinema at Ward Village is the family drama FATHERS AND DAUGHTERS starring Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried

FATHERS AND DAUGHTERS directed by Gabriele Muccino
Thursday, August 11, 2016
English | 116M

Jake Davis (Russell Crowe), a Pulitzer-winning novelist, finds himself fighting against the world when a fatal car accident leaves him to raise his 5-year-old daughter, Katie, all on his own. Overcome with guilt from the loss of his…

HIFF is a proud co-presenter of SPA NIGHT at 27th Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival, screening August 14

HIFF is proud to be co-presenting the Hawaii premiere of SPA NIGHT directed by Andrew Ahn. Debuting at the Sundance Film Festival, the film is a coming-of-age story with a star-making performance from lead actor Joe Seo, who won the Best Actor Award at Sundance.

18-year-old David Cho (Joe Seo)  is caught between tradition and his future, and there’s no place he feels that tug of war more intensely than at the spa. Raised in L.A.’s Koreatown neighborhood, David is used to…

Make it an Indian Cinema Double Feature with THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY and ZUBAAN on Closing Day of HIFF Spring Showcase presented by Halekulani

Are you an Indian cinema fan? Then, come to the last day of the HIFF Spring Showcase presented by Halekulani and make it a Sunday afternoon double feature with THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY and ZUBAAN!

THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY is the true story of Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel) who moves from humble beginnings in Madras to Cambridge University, where the young prodigy’s visionary theories attract the attention of…

HIFF Staff Film Recommendations for Closing Weekend of 2016 HIFF Spring Showcase presented by Halekulani

Having a hard time to decide what to see this weekend at the HIFF Spring Showcase presented by Halekulani? Check out the HIFF Spring Team’s personal faves to watch this weekend! And as an added incentive, we are giving a special $2 off discount to any of these recommended films below if you use this promo code when ordering your tickets online: 12SS16. 

Robert Lambeth, Executive Director — “Living in the UK for over almost a decade, I have a great affinity for British films. Terenc…

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…

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