HIFF 2017

Submit your film — HIFF 2017 Call for Entries Deadline is May 14!

Welcome filmmakers! The HIFF 2017 festival will take place November 2 – 12, 2017 at the Dole Cannery Stadium 18 Theaters in Honolulu on Oahu. The regular deadline is around the corner, May 14!
Submit now and get in before the late deadline in late June. We are accepting all genres of film, but are especially looking for new works from Hawaii, as well as works from and about Pacific Islanders, emerging directors from Asia and the Pacific Rim. We also accept films from all over t…

HIFF announces Beckie Stocchetti as new Executive Director


After Bruce PR:

Honolulu, HI – (March 30, 2017) – The Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) Board of Directors announced today the selection of Beckie Stocchetti to serve as the organization’s new Executive Director. Stocchetti will replace Robert Lambeth, who announced his departure last November after serving as Executive Director since 2014.

Stocchetti, who recently oversaw all Independent and Local Film Initiatives at the Chicago Film…

Programmers’ Picks: Here’s what to see this weekend at HIFF Spring Showcase

The HIFF programming team has secured 35 films from 16 countries for this year’s 20th edition of the HIFF Spring Showcase, which starts today with THE PRISON as the Opening Night Film and ends on April 9 with CHASING CORAL closing the festival. All films to be screened at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18.

Although there are just 35 films in the Spring Showcase, we know that it’s highly improbable that you can see all 35 (but very possible and we have some devoted members who totally do…

European films at the HIFF Spring Showcase

The HIFF Spring Showcase has 4 European productions and European themed films that showcase a breadth of subjects and stories — Ranging from the sweeping adventure of the British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett and his travails in the Amazon in THE LOST CITY OF Z, which closed the New York Film Festival; A woman who is considered one of America’s greatest writers, but was entirely ignored when she was alive in A QUIET PASSION; LAST MEN IN…

When Juzo Itami brought TAMPOPO to HIFF 1990

It is such a treat to present Juzo Itami’s classic ‘ramen western’ TAMPOPO back to the big screen. One of the most beloved Japanese films of all time, the late Itami’s unique and biting satirical perspectives on Japanese society. Although his unexpected apparent suicide in 1997 was shrouded in a media frenzy scandal, he left a body of work that showcased him as one of the most dynamic directors working in the latter half of the 20th Century.

Jeannette Paulson-Hereniko, t…

Pacific Islander Films at the HIFF Spring Showcase

The Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF), in partnership with Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), presents Pacific Showcase at the 20th HIFF Spring Showcase! This partnership’s goal is to make HIFF the festival of record for new films from or about the First Peoples of the Pacific and we are screening 4 films as part of the Spring Showcase this year.


When struggling real-estate agent Gary Vasisi is called back to his homeland in the Pacific, he’s handed…

Korean films thrill at HIFF Spring Showcase

Korean films are back at the HIFF Spring Showcase! We are screening 4 new Korean titles including THE PRISON as our Opening Night Film, the U.S. premiere of the murder mystery BLUEBEARD, and the Korean American film GOOK, which won the NEXT Audience Award at the recently concluded Sundance Film Festival and also falls on the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots. These films will thrill you with action packed sequences, intense chase scenes and gravitas!



Human adversity is common thread in Documentaries at HIFF Spring Showcase

We live in the Golden Age of Documentaries, where non-fiction narratives have become stranger and more incredible than fiction. This year’s HIFF Spring Showcase (March 31 – April 9 at the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18) will screen 8 documentary programs that show the breadth of documentaries that spotlight stories from our backyard to far flung places around the world, shining a light on humanity. If there is one common thread with the docs this year, it’s the resiliency of thes…

TAMPOPO on the big screen plus new Japanese films at HIFF Spring Showcase

For the upcoming 20th HIFF Spring Showcase (March 31 – April 9 at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18), we are presenting another solid and dynamic selection of films from Japan. As many of our HIFF audiences know, Japanese films are the most popular films at the Hawaii International Film Festival. These films are windows that peer into the uniqueness, as well as universality of stories that represent today’s ever-changing Japanese culture. We are also honored to bring back a foodie classic as…

Award winning doc ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL and Chinese films shine at HIFF Spring Showcase

Five films at this year’s HIFF Spring Showcase will definitely resonate with the Chinese American community of Hawaii. These films represent a cross-section of film festival lauded films including the documentary ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL about the resilience of a Chinese American owned family bank that faces off with the U.S. federal government; THE WASTE TIMES, a luscious and dream-like WWII set melodrama starring Zhang Ziyi; PLASTIC CHINA, a documentary about a family living in one of…

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