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What’s FREE at #HIFF38

October 30, 2018

On top of screening some of the year’s best films from around the world and a bevy of exciting events showcasing great emerging talents, HIFF has an exciting range of free events throughout the festival to check out. From the HIFF VR Lounge at SALT on opening weekend, to student showcases and the Daniel K Inouye Institute Student Film Initiative, to a symposium on the state of indie filmmaking in Hawaii (coffee and donuts provided), to an informative panel discussion on the making of the 'ōlelo Hawai'i version of MOANA, to newly added free screenings of ECHO IN THE CANYON at Courtyard Cinema and the surfing film MOMENTUM GENERATION from HBO Documentary Films, we've got some great free events at #HIFF38!

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Just Added to #HIFF38: Awards hopeful THE FAVOURITE, Music doc ECHO IN THE CANYON at Courtyard Cinema and North Shore surfing documentary MOMENTUM GENERATION

October 26, 2018

Although the #HIFF38 film program is finalized, the film programmers still take opportunities to fill select TBA screening slots during the Festival. For the upcoming fest, we’ve added some last minute additions and they’re world-class films ranging from an Oscar hopeful with a brilliant performance by Olivia Coleman and the latest film from the director of THE LOBSTER; to the definitive music documentary about the groundbreaking rock and folk musicians that lived in Laurel Canyon and defined a generation through music; and a definitive surfing film executive produced by Robert Redford that looks back at the ragtag team of surfers from the North Shore that defined a sport. Better yet, two of these films are FREE TO THE PUBLIC!

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Experience Award-Winning Virtual Reality at the HIFF VR Lounge

October 18, 2018

Virtual reality technologies takes us closer to the action than ever before, bringing us face-to-face with some of the most vital issues and stories in the world today. For the first time at the festival, we are proud to present the HIFF VR Lounge, bringing together a selection of exciting contemporary VR projects from around the world to SALT at Our Kakaako. Held at The Barn at SALT at our Kakaako over the Veteran’s Day weekend from Saturday November 10 to Monday November 12, from 11:00am to 9:00pm, the HIFF VR Lounge is an exciting space to hang out, try out virtual reality, and experience the buzz of the festival! And best of all, IT’S FREE!

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HIFF 2018 Members Sneak Peek: BURNING starring Steven Yeun screens on October 18

October 12, 2018

We kick off the HIFF fall season with the official HIFF MEMBERS SNEAK PEEK, as we present an advance screening of South Korea’s official foreign language entry to the Academy Awards, BURNING, directed by Lee Chang-dong (OASIS, SECRET SUNSHINE) and starring Steven Yeun, Ah-in Yoo, and introducing Jong-seo Jeon. The film had its world premiere at Cannes. This exclusive and FREE screening for HIFF Ohana members is scheduled for October 18 at Consolidated Kahala 8.

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LOVE, SIMON screens at Courtyard Cinema at Ward Village on October 11

October 04, 2018

In honor of Hawai’i Pride Month, HIFF is excited to screen one of the funniest and heartwarming teen romantic dramedies of the year, LOVE, SIMON for this month’s Courtyard Cinema at Ward Village. With a 92% Rotten Tomatoes score, the film has been praised asa film that “hits its coming-of-age beats more deftly than many entries in this well-traveled genre -- and represents an overdue milestone of inclusion.”

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