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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…

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!



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…


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…

HIFF is a proud co-presenter of SPA NIGHT at 27th Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival, screening August 14

HIFF is proud to be co-presenting the Hawaii premiere of SPA NIGHT directed by Andrew Ahn. Debuting at the Sundance Film Festival, the film is a coming-of-age story with a star-making performance from lead actor Joe Seo, who won the Best Actor Award at Sundance.

18-year-old David Cho (Joe Seo)  is caught between tradition and his future, and there’s no place he feels that tug of war more intensely than at the spa. Raised in L.A.’s Koreatown neighborhood, David is used to…

Straight outta Sundance & SXSW — Check out these awards buzz films playing at HIFF Spring Showcase

Love award winning independent cinema? To you follow what were the big breakout hits from major festivals like Sundance, SXSW and Toronto? Many buzz worthy films started their journey there and have gone on to box office and sometimes, Oscar gold. The HIFF Spring Showcase once again is presenting these early buzz titles that just premiered at Sundance and SXSW just a few weeks ago, so be in the now and grab that opportunity to see these Hawaii festival premieres before they hit a local theatr…

HIFF Spring Showcase Programmer’s Picks: Anderson’s Recommendations for Opening Weekend

The 2015 HIFF Spring Showcase starts today! We’re very excited to finally show the 34 (we just added another film, DETECTIVE K: SECRET OF THE ISLAND, a few days ago) films from 11 countries that will unspool for the next 10 days in Honolulu. Although the spring showcase is about 1/3 the size of our main film festival in the fall, it can still be daunting to make a decision on what films to see.

Well, that’s where I am here to help! As director of programming, I’ve seen every film that we’v…

Indie spirit shines at 2015 HIFF Spring Showcase (with films straight from Sundance)

Are you a total DIYer who loves the maker movement, shops at In4mation, follows PowWow Hawaii, reads Lucky Peach and Flux Hawaii, hangs out at Morning Glass, and shops regularly at Art + Flea and their new shop Mori? Or do have you discovered your inner cineaste by delving into the French New Wave in college, watch the Criterion collection on your Hulu Plus account, or can’t wait for the next Wes Anderson joint?

Then, you, my hip friend, will love these cool, indie spirit-filled and…

Free Screening of Sundance favorite RUDDERLESS at Courtyard Cinema, April 9

This April’s Courtyard Cinema film at Ward Village is the Sundance favorite RUDDERLESS, the directorial debut of Academy nominated actor William H. Macy. After a grieving father finds a box of demo tapes made by his now-dead son, he forms a band in hope of finding some peace.

A grieving father (Billy Crudup) goes on a downward spiral after his son is killed in a school shooting. He comes across a box of his deceased son’s demo tapes and lyrics and is shocked by the discovery…

European films bring prestige to the 2015 HIFF Spring Showcase

European films return in the big way at the 2015 HIFF Spring Showcase. We are presenting 5 European productions and co-productions in this year’s HIFF Spring Showcase. The films range from ’70s style crime dramas, to a trip around the world in search of the best steak, to famous characters come to life from Gustave Flaubert’s seminal novel, to an anti-SEARCHERS story with a brooding Michael Fassbender, to an Argentinian set romantic comedy about a jaded film critic who feels as if his lif…

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