How to HIFF

Welcome to the 2018 Hawaii International Film Festival Spring Showcase presented by Halekulani! If you haven’t attended HIFF before, the guide below will help you navigate through our festival. We hope you enjoy watching independent and international films at the largest film festival in Hawaii. Getting tickets is easy!


IT’S THIS EASY!

  1. Choose a film you’d like to see (click here to browse the film listings).
  2. Purchase tickets online or at the HIFF Box Office.
  3. Arrive at the venue at least 30 minutes prior to the screening.
  4. Get your popcorn and mochi crunch, sit back, and have fun!

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW DO I CHOOSE A FILM?

We suggest the following ways to choose the film or films you want to see:

  • View the program and schedule online. The online schedule is the best way to to get the most up to date information.
  • Download the HIFF app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store! (Search for “HIFF”).
  • Use the printed HIFF Program Guide and browse through the film listings.
  • Follow the HIFF blog for in-depth film information.
  • Sign up for HIFF e-News to get the latest news on films and programs.
  • Look for sections of interest in our full program like Spotlight on Korea, Awards Buzz, or Pacific Showcase.
  • Pick a day and just see what’s playing!

WHAT’S THE EASIEST WAY TO PURCHASE TICKETS?

There are 3 easy ways to purchase tickets in advance or day of show. It’s just like going to any other movie:

  1. Purchase tickets online at www.hiff.org. This method also gives the customer the option of printing out their tickets at home.
  2. In Person (pre-festival dates March 23rd-April 5th): HIFF Office – 680 Iwilei Rd Suite 100 – Across the street from the theater below the bridge connecting the two buildings.
  3. In Person from April 6th - 15th at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 & IMAX Theaters.

WHAT ARE THE BOX OFFICE HOURS?

March 23rd - April 5th, 2018 | 2:00 – 6:00 PM | Closed on Sundays
April 6th - 15th, 2018 | 60 minutes before the first screening until 15 minutes after the last screening begins.

HOW MUCH ARE TICKETS?

Ticket Prices (Including Opening | Centerpiece | Closing Night Films)
$10.00 HIFF Members
$12.00 Senior, Military, Student
$14.00 General Admission

Service fee per ticket
No fee for online purchases for HIFF Members
$1.50 for online purchases
$1.00 for box office purchases

For all ticket prices and other box office details click here.

DO I HAVE TO BE A MEMBER TO ATTEND HIFF?

No, you don’t have to be a member. Everyone is welcome to attend HIFF.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HIFF MEMBERSHIP?

HIFF Members receive:
$4.00 – off General Admission ticket price for all HIFF tickets
Member line seating for all screenings | Members are seated before General Admission
A mailed program guide.
Advance ticket purchase before the general public.
Notifications of free special screenings for HIFF Members.

WILL HIFF VALIDATE AT REGAL DOLE CANNERY STADIUM 18 & IMAX THEATERS PARKING?

YES! Parking is always free at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 & IMAX Theaters for HIFF. Get validated by a Regal Employee or at the HIFF Box Office.

HOW EARLY SHOULD I ARRIVE AT THE THEATER?

Try to get in line at least 30 minutes before the show. If advance purchase tickets are no longer available, a limited number of standby tickets (a.k.a. Rush tickets) will be released ten minutes before showtime in most instances.

WHAT IS 'RUSH'?

When advance tickets are no longer available, a limited number of “rush” tickets may become available at the door five to ten minutes prior to the screening. Standby tickets are sold for $10 (cash only) on a first-come, first-served basis, depending on how many seats are available. Please look for the “Rush Line” for the particular film when you arrive. These seats are typically in the first 2 rows of the theater, and no refunds are given for “rush” tickets.

ARE ALL THE FILMS IN ENGLISH?

Films will be presented in their original language. If the film is in a language other than English, there will be English subtitles on the screen.

IS THERE ANYTHING MORE TO DO THAN WATCH FILMS?

Yes! There are panels, seminars and special events throughout the festival.

HOW CAN I CONNECT WITH HIFF?

Please feel free to communicate with us. We are here to answer your questions, please feel free to provide feedback too!

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