HIFF 2017

Why join HIFF Ohana? Read these #IHeartHIFF posts from our patrons and alumni filmmakers

Help us with our initiatives in bringing the best in local, national and international cinema, hosting film luminaries, and supporting local filmmakers and the next generation of storytellers by joining our HIFF Ohana.

Last month we asked our supported to share their stories on social media on why they love HIFF with our #IHeartHIFF campaign. The outpouring of shared stories was so great. But, don’t take our word for it. Here is what some folks are saying on why they love HIFF and why it…

Tell us why you #IHeartHIFF on social media for a chance to win a HIFF 2017 Flash Pass

We’re celebrating #IHeartHIFF this month, and we want to hear from you! In addition to the special sale of our membership packages, we’re launching an #IHeartHIFF contest! For the month of August, tell us why you ‘I HEART HIFF’ on social media with a video, photo, or creative post using the hashtag #IHeartHIFF. At the end of the month, a panel of judges will pick the top 3 posts to win a FREE HIFF MEMBERSHIP. Out of those finalists, one winner will receive a 2017 HIFF FLASH PASS for…

HIFF 2017 Call-For-Entries: Shorts Final Deadline is July 10 + Student Film Deadline is August 1

We have a couple more deadlines for our 37th annual Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani Call-For-Entries! Final deadlines for short films is coming right around the corner, on July 10. In addition, we are seeking Hawaii student films for our annual Student Showcase, and the final deadline is August 1 (no entry fee required).

For all relevant info on HIFF’s Call-For-Entries and how to submit your film for consideration, head over to the HIFF Call-For-Entries…

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!



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