HIFF 2013

HIFF Films garner multiple nominations at Independent Spirit Awards

Several films from HIFF’s 2013 and 2014 film programs were recently honored with several Independent Spirit Award nominations, which were announced last week. As the first event to honor independent film exclusively, the Film Independent Spirit Awards has made a name for itself as the premier awards event for the independent film community. It’s a celebration of the spirited pioneers who bring a unique vision to filmmaking.

Along with being a fantastic party, the Spirit Awards…

Free screening of TOP STAR December 17th at Hawaii Theatre

TOP STAR (톱스타)
Director: Joong-hoon Park
Starring: Tae-Woong Uhm, Min-Jun Kim, E-Hyun So, Joon-Hyuk Lee, Sung-Ki Ahn, Jung-Hwa Uhm

Screening: Tue, December 17, 2013 – 6:30pm – Hawaii Theatre
Free admission. Reserve your ticket online here. Ticket holders will be admitted to the theatre before non-ticket holders.
Update 12/10/13: All advance tickets to this screening have been claimed. A “Rush Line” will b…

HIFF 2013 Award Winners Announced

Update 10/23: Hawaii News Now Audience Awards announced!
Audience Award for Best Narrative
Director: Keo Woolford
Audience Award for Best Documentary
Directors: Jose Antonio Vargas and Ann Lupo
Audience Award for Best Short Film
Director: Henry Ian Cusick

“We are particularly thrilled and honored that two Hawaii films were chosen as audience favorites,” says Chuck Boller, Hawaii International Film Festival executive director, referring to THE HAUMANA…

EuroCinema Hawai’i Free Student Rush Line

EuroCinema Hawai’i, the “festival within a festival” celebrating the finest films from Europe in partnership with the Hawaii International Film Festival, announces the ECH student rush line with free tickets for students.

EuroCinema Hawai’i will premiere 19 films this year. As part of their educational outreach, all  screenings will offer a free student rush line – any screening that is not sold out in the last ten minutes will offer a free ticket to any student with a valid…

Cinema Hawaii Film Series at Hawaii Theatre

HIFF has added 3 last minute films to the festival program and is screening them every Monday in October at the Hawaii Theatre Center as part of their new CINEMA HAWAII Film Series. The Hawaii Theatre has recently upgraded to a state-of-the-art cinema digital projection system with 3D capability and 7.1 Dolby Digital sound.

Kicking off on Monday, October 7 (four days before the start of the Festival) is a special advance screening of the current Korean box-office smash hit, THE FACE READER.

Audition Opportunity at “Business of Acting” Panel

SAG-AFTRA National Asian Pacific American Media Committee and Native Americans Committee
Invite You To a Free Panel and Workshop
at Hawaii International Film Festival
SAG-AFTRA National Asian Pacific American Media Committee & Native Americans Committee presents an informative, interactive panel discussion and workshop on the acting industry taught by casting directors , professional actors and other industry experts during t…

Late Additions to HIFF 33 Film Program

We’ve been working hard to get our printed program guides ready (available now at the HIFF office, will be distributed ASAP), and in the meantime we added seven more films to the program for this year’s festival. The biggest addition is definitely THE WIND RISES (風立ちぬ, Kaze Tachinu), a new film from animation master Hayao Miyazaki, who recently announced his retirement. We’ve made this a second opening night film and tickets are $20 / $15 members. See more information about these new…

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…

Fifth release of films for HIFF 33

This is the last preview of HIFF 33 films. Stay tuned for a big announcement next week after Labor Day! Don’t forget, there’s only 2 more days to take advantage of a 10% discount on HIFF memberships.


Italy 2013 | Dir. Bernardo Bertolucci | EuroCinema Hawaii

Lorenzo is a quirky 14-year-old loner. He plans to fulfill his teenage dream of happiness by hiding out in his apartment building’s abandoned cellar. But an unexpected visit from his worldly older half-sister…

Fourth weekly film announcement for HIFF 33

Here’s ten more films that will be playing at our 33rd Annual Hawaii International Film Festival, October 10-20 on Oahu, and October 24-27 on Kauai & Big Island. Our “I Heart HIFF” film screening of THE GRANDMASTER is tonight, get 15% off the purchase of a HIFF membership in person only. Also if you purchase or renew a membership online through August 31st, you will receive 10% off.


United States 2013 |…

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