HIFF 2016

July’s Courtyard Cinema at Ward Village Screening: TRANSCEND – THE JON MOZO STORY

This month’s COURTYARD CINEMA at WARD VILLAGE is the HIFF 2016 return engagement of the deeply moving and life-affirming TRANSCEND — THE JON MOZO STORY directed by Nikki Mozo and Devin Graham. Crew and Mozo family members will be in attendance!

Title: TRANSCEND — THE JON MOZO STORY w/ A-FRAME (total running time: 74 min)

At 33 years old, Jon Mozo was on top of the world as a renowned surf photographer in Hawaii. Follow the journey of a man who survived a near fatal shark…

HIFF 2016 Audience Award Winners Announcement

LION Wins Audience Award For Best Narrative Feature
THE EAGLE HUNTRESS Wins Audience Award For Best Documentary Feature
HO’OMAU Wins Audience Award For Best Short Film
November 16, 2016 (Honolulu, HI) – The 36th edition of Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) presented by Halekulani announced their Audience Award winners today, presented by Hawaii News Now. Throughout the festival,…

Student short films were not short on entertainment

By Coe Snyder, (Ebert Young Writers Participant)

The HIFF 2016 Student Showcase was a collection of 16 short films produced by student filmmakers from across the state. They each stood out in their own way. BUTT LOVE and the rest of the animation shorts brought laughter to the room. ONLY IF YOU LET IT brought awareness to one issue (when comedy crosses a line), and provided a twist to reveal a different side of the story.

Each film had its own strengths. However, two films stood out…

Makoto Shinkai’s YOUR NAME is the dream you never want to wake up from

By Ken Reyes, (Ebert Young Writers Participant)

Have you ever opened your eyes and felt a strange longing for someone or some place only to realize that you were just dreaming? That is the lingering scent of Makoto Shinkai’s YOUR NAME (Kimi no na wa), which was presented as the Closing Night Gala for the just concluded 2016 Hawaii International Film Festival.

As Shinkai’s fifth feature film, YOUR NAME grossed ¥930 million during its opening day in Japan and garnered accolades…

Hollywood’s Hawaiian Dream

By Veerle van Wijk, (Ebert Young Writers Participant)

A beautiful forest, a great group of actors and a Shakespeare story – these are the main ingredients that make Harry Cason’s A MIDSUMMER’S HAWAIIAN DREAM a new and joyful romantic comedy. The scenario is a clever adaptation of “A Midsummer Nights’ Dream”, transferred into the realm of contemporary Hawaii. This new adaptation shows the struggles – led by attorney Tanya (Sonya Balmores) and uncle Omaka (Kimo Kahoano) – of a…

TIES THAT BIND: Luckily, there are more fish-films in the sea

By Veerle van Wijk, (Ebert Young Writers Participant)

TIES THAT BIND – HAWAI’I IN THE PACIFIC is a new documentary, directed by Caleb McMahan, focusing on different aspects of especially tuna: from the fish vessel to the poke buyer on the street in Hawai’i. The film’s takeaway is that Hawaiian fisheries are highly regulated and thereby “sustainable”, whereas illegal fisheries from Taiwan, China and Japan are not, and therefore one should check for local tuna when buying fis…

Rape, corruption and the real cake of Vanuatu

By Veerle van Wijk, (Ebert Young Writers Participant)

The last shot of A PIECE OF THE CAKE, showing a black piece of wood as a screen divides between the different main characters of the film, tells the entire story. There is a division within the people of Vanuatu: what they want for their country and culture, and how to act on those ideas. The daughter in the family, Betty, is the female protagonist of the story, staying at home because her dad cannot pay her school fees. She makes…

HIFF 2016 in Hilo on Big Island & Waimea on Kauai — November 17 – 20

HIFF 2016 is not over yet! The Festival continues on Kauai (Waimea Theater) and Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii (Palace Theater) from November 17 through the 20. You can purchase tickets online or at the theatre box-office.

Films include the Big Island premiere of festival hit MELE MURALS, documenting the mural project in Waimea on Hawaii Island with the convergence of the Hawaiian cultural renaissance and hip hop culture, and the amazing surfing documentary GIVEN starring Kauai-based…

HIFF 2016 Award Winners Announcement

Hawaii International Film Festival Announces Festival Award Winners
Halekulani Golden Orchid for Best Narrative Feature: MOONLIGHT, directed by Barry Jenkins.
Best Documentary Feature Winner: THE CINEMA TRAVELERS, directed by Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya. Best Short: COIN BOY directed by Li Chuan-Yang. NETPAC Award goes to KNIFE IN THE CLEAR WATER directed by Wang Xuebo
Simon Yam and Cheng Pei Pei honored at Hawaii International Film Festival Awards Gala
November 11, 2016 (Honolulu,…

Watch HIFF 2016 films at the new Regal Kapolei Commons 12 this weekend

HIFF’s closing weekend includes screenings on the west side this year! The Festival will have all day screenings on Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13 at the newly opened luxury cinema, the Regal Kapolei Commons 12!

Saturday, November 12:
12:30pm MADE IN HAWAII Shorts

Sunday, November 13:
7:30pm SADAKO…

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