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The 39th edition of the Hawai‘i International Film Festival (HIFF) presented by Halekulani was a landmark year for the organization. We saw record numbers of attendees and guests including cinema legend Director John Woo and Hollywood starts Elisabeth Moss and Randall Park; continued our support of local students island-wide through new educational programs for middle, high and college-age students; hosted our sophomore year of our free to the public virtual reality exhibits; and continued our partnerships with the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, The Hilo Palace and The Historic Waimea Theater to showcasing local and international cinema on four of the Hawaiian islands.

In 2019, HIFF presented over 250 films from over 30 countries, continuing our legacy to advance understanding and cultural exchange among the peoples of Asia, the Pacific and North America by presenting films from around the world. We are thrilled to continue as the longstanding film festival of record for the Pacific, and we look toward the future with excitement and momentum into 2020 and celebrating our 40th anniversary.