Blog - Hawaiian Filmmaking

#HIFF38 MADE IN HAWAII Features and Shorts in competition

October 16, 2018

MADE IN HAWAII is a premiere section at HIFF with the intent to shine a light on the emerging and veteran filmmakers working in Hawaii today, presenting our stories that capture the unique cultures and communities that make Hawaii one of the most diverse spots in the world. Although the ‘I’ in HIFF stands for ‘International,’ the Festival’s mission is to also promote place-based cinematic stories and present them to our local, national and international audiences. MADE IN HAWAII section is sponsored by Hawaii Film Office. Both competitions are sponsored by the Nichols Family Film Fund offering $10,000 in cash prizes this year.

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HIFF Partners with Hawaiian Airlines to Present In-Flight Film Programming Featuring Hawaiian Filmmakers and Locally Produced Short Films

November 16, 2017

Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) in partnership with Hawaiian Airlines launches in-flight programming to celebrate and showcase Hawaiian filmmakers and locally produced short films. Beginning in 2018, the programming will be curated by HIFF and available for free, exclusively on over 120 Hawaiian Airlines flights across 22 destinations.

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HIFF37 Audience Award Winners presented by Hawaii News Now

November 14, 2017

HIFF audiences exercised the democratic process by voting for their favorite films at the Festival! Ballots were distributed for the screening of every eligible film during HIFF37. The HIFF37 Audience Choice Awards presented by Hawaii News Now are broken down into three categories — Favorite Narrative Feature; Favorite Documentary Feature; and Favorite Short Film. The winners were announced this morning on Hawaii News Now Sunrise this morning.

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HIFF37 presented by Halekulani on Kauai and Hawai'i Island starts November 16 through 19

November 14, 2017

HIFF goes to Kauai and Hawai'i Island next! Mini-festivals will be held at the Palace Theater in Hilo and the Waimea Theater in Kauai from November 16 through the 19! Festival favorites like KULEANA, OUT OF STATE, GO FOR BROKE and JIMAMI TOFU are included in these programs and showcase the best in HIFF that have moved and entertained audiences in Honolulu. The goal of HIFF is to spread the wealth of local, national and international cinema through the Hawaiian archipelago with planned rollouts onto other islands in the coming years. HIFF cannot do this without the support and partnership of the Palace and Waimea Theater staffs respectively. HIFF will also be holding class visits through our Guest Filmmaker Program, as well as school screenings for students to experience films via our Cultural and Visual Literacy Program.

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HIFF37 celebrates with the best in LGBTQIA films from Cannes, Sundance, SXSW

October 15, 2017

LGBTQIA cinema is truly fierce at HIFF37 as the Festival presents its most critically acclaimed selection of gay films — ranging from the upcoming Italian summer love and coming-of-age story CALL ME BY YOUR NAME starring Armie Hammer, to France’s official Academy Award foreign language entry BPM (BEATS PER MINUTE) to a couple of shorts made by Hawaii filmmakers, LADY EVA (from the filmmakers of KUMU HINA) and experimental film U — this year’s selections are our strongest yet!

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