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Spring Showcase 2017

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…

Nine Films ‘Straight from Sundance’ screening at HIFF Spring Showcase 2017

The HIFF Spring Showcase, now in its 20th year, was created to be a mini-festival in the spring to serve as a catch-all for any new films coming from major film festivals in the beginning of the year that may be too old by the time the main HIFF unspools in November. Hence, the Spring Showcase, over the years, has been a great way to premiere films that have just played at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, which happens every January. 

In 2017, HIFF is honored to present 9…

LIPSTICK UNDER MY BURKHA and TAKE EVERY WAVE: THE LIFE OF LAIRD HAMILTON added to HIFF Spring Showcase Lineup

The 20th annual HIFF Spring Showcase film lineup just got a little bigger. The HIFF programmers have added two more films after the print deadline of the guide, with the intent to fill TBA slots in the film schedule that were reserved for these opportunities to book major films for the Spring Showcase. 
One is a major Indian film that is in the headlines in India because the national film censorship board will not issue the film a certificate to screen in India because of its…

2017 HIFF Spring Showcase Full Lineup Now Online / Tickets On Sale March 17!

The Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) returns with its Annual HIFF Spring Showcase presented by Halekulani, scheduled for March 31 – April 9 at the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18.  2017 marks the 20th edition of the showcase. Audiences can expect to enjoy must-see narrative and documentary films from Hawaii and around the world.

The Spring Showcase will open with THE PRISON, an action thriller directed by Na Hye-on and starring Han Suk-Kyu (NO. 3;  SHIRI) and Kim…

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