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#HIFF38 Spotlight: AWARDS BUZZ is an early look at films vying for Oscar gold

October 19, 2018

AWARDS BUZZ is our annual section that presents the buzziest fall releases that are vying for major award nominations in the coming months leading up to major awards ceremonies like the Golden Globs, Independent Spirit Awards, and the Oscars. All of the films in Awards Buzz are major festival premieres that have won awards and garnered rave reviews from world-class film festivals like Cannes, Venice and Toronto. From the latest by Oscar winner Barry Jenkins (MOONLIGHT) to Alfonso Cuaron’s follow-up from the Oscar winning GRAVITY, to films with tour-de-force performances by Nicole Kidman and Natalie Portman, HIFF38’s Awards Buzz is your advance glimpse at what films will win it all.

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HIFF celebrates 90th Academy Awards with HOLLYWOOD, HI Soiree and Fundraiser

February 20, 2018

HOLLYWOOD, HI -- HIFF's Soiree Celebrating the 90th Academy Awards at the Halekulani on March 4, 2018. Dress up like it's the big premiere, mingle with Honolulu's social elite, partake in Halekulani's delectable treats and drinks, participate in our Oscar pool, and watch the 90th Academy Awards live!

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BREATH directed by Simon Baker is HIFF37's Centerpiece Gala

October 20, 2017

Based on the acclaimed novel by Australian author Tim Winton, the feature directorial debut of actor Simon Baker is a powerful story in which the immense force of the open sea is matched by the tidal bore of adolescent emotion. HIFF37 presented by Halekulani is honored to present the U.S. premiere of this film as its Centerpiece Gala with actor-writer-director Simon Baker in attendance.

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HIFF 37's GALA PRESENTATIONS showcases the year's most buzzworthy, prestige films

October 20, 2017

GALA PRESENTATIONS are the awards buzz films that are being released in the coming winter awards season. Many of these films are straight from major fall film festivals like Toronto, Venice and Telluride, and are critically acclaimed and will be on many “best of” lists by the end of the year. Check out these advance sneak peeks of these prestige films before they hit commercial cinemas!

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Political films at HIFF37 include two films that examine U.S. politics and the divide of the nation

October 16, 2017

When the general election returns were coming in last year on November 8, it was Day 6 of HIFF 2016 and the mood of the audiences and HIFF staff changed rapidly. A year later, the political landscape in the past year has been the most contentious and toxic in U.S. history. A year later, new documentaries are coming out that examine “what happened?” Aside from new U.S. political documentaries 11/8/16 and THE FINAL YEAR, the Festival is also screening two other political themed films.

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