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2012 Hawaii International Film Festival is Approaching!


Festival to Show Thrilling Documentary “The Imposter” for Free to HIFF Members Tomorrow

HONOLULU, HI — (August 15, 2012) —Now celebrating 32 years of successful festival showcases, the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) presented by Halekulani prepares for another star-studded 11 days of October. Running from Oct. 11-21, HIFF brings many world and international film premieres to Hawaii along with innovative and luxury events. Over 140 films will be screened at this year’s festival at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 Theatres & IMAX and Hawaii Theatre.

“Every year the festival seems to get better and better and this year will be no different” said Hawaii International Film Festival Executive Director Chuck Boller. “Last festival, we began our new presenting partnership with Halekulani. We plan to make this second year of working together even more exceptional than the first”.

HIFF returns to Hawaii Theatre this year after a two year absence from the downtown masterpiece. Select highlight films will be played at the theatre along with a special music event. “Returning to the Hawaii Theatre this year is wonderfully nostalgic. It is great way to, once again,  highlight both HIFF’s legacy in film and that of the many beautiful film palaces in Hawaii’s history” said Robert Lambeth, Deputy Director of HIFF.

With many members of the festival audience anxious to see what films are in store for 2012, HIFF is presenting a free screening of the documentary “The Imposter” to all members of the HIFF Ohana tomorrow, August 16, at 7 PM. The film will be played at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 Theatres & IMAX and those who are not members yet can get 15% discount if they sign up at the theatre. Below is a synopsis of the film:

In 1994, a 13-year old boy disappeared without a trace from his home in San Antonio, Texas. Three and a half years later he is found alive thousands of miles away in a village in southern Spain with a horrifying story of kidnap and torture. His family are overjoyed tobring him home. But all is not quite as it seems. The boy bears many of the same distinguishing marks he always did, but why does he now have a strange accent? Why does he look so different? And why doesn’t the family seem to notice these glaring inconsistencies? It’s only when an investigator starts asking questions that this strange tale takes an even stranger turn…

A gripping thriller straight out of real life, THE IMPOSTER is an original film experience that walks the razor’s edge between true-crime documentary and stylish noir mystery.

Trailer:   Although the film program is scheduled to be finalized in early September, the festival is shrinking its selection from 214 last year, to approximately 140 this year. With a smaller film program, more films will have repeat screenings.

HIFF’s major sponsors are: Halekulani Hotels & Resorts, Regal Entertainment Group, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Hawaii, Hawaii Tourism Authority, The Vilcek Foundation, and EuroCinema Hawaii.

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Established in 1981, the Hawaii International Film Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of cultural exchange and media awareness in the Pacific Rim. HIFF is a premier international film event that has won the praise of governments, filmmakers, scholars, educators, programmers and film industry leaders across the globe. HIFF’s programming has two particular mandates: to be a festival of record for emerging films from Asia and the Pacific, and to present the top festival films from around the world, annually screening films from over 45 countries. HIFF also presents educational content and panels in the fields of film and music, and mobile entertainment and gaming. These transmedia programs reflect HIFF’s commitment to exhibiting innovative creative content coming from the Asia Pacific Rim. Visit

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