GOALRaise $40,000 by the end of HIFF40 (November 29th, 2020) 

Our stories are more important now than ever before. Help us reach our GOAL of raising $40,000 to continue supporting and spotlighting cinema across Hawai’i and the Pacific. Donate today and help HIFF’s important mission. 


PPE For Drive-ins

COVID-19 protection for live venues
$ 40
  • Provides PPE for live events - As the pandemic continues, we value the health and safety of our ‘ohana

Feed Volunteers

Buy a meal for HIFF Volunteers
$ 100
  • We always offer meals for volunteers, both during the HIFF Festival and also during the year.

Fund a Screening

Help pay for student screenings
$ 250
  • We help schools pay for busses to screenings, so k-12 students have the opportunity to enjoy the festival

Neighbor Islands

Help us with filmmaker travel
$ 500
  • We send filmmakers to Kaua‘i, Maui and Big Island screenings to visit with our neighbor island audiences
2020 has been a difficult year for everyone in our community. We are working hard to continue to pivot with these trying times, learning how to bring films to your home and finding new partnerships, which help one another.
Your donation will directly go towards new and innovative media technologies, COVID-19 preparations and tools to help us continue to bring relevant film-arts to the Hawaiian community, at home and abroad. 

HIFF40 for 40 Fundraiser Giveaway!

In 2020, we’re sharing HIFF with our ‘ohana living on distant lands by offering online festival screenings. As Hawai’i begins to reopen, HIFF would love to help bring you to Hawai’i in 2021. With your support, we can continue our work to sustain cinema-arts and culture throughout our islands. Enter our HIFF40 for 40 Fundraiser Giveaway to win a VIP trip to HIFF 2021 that includes 120,000 Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles, a two night suite stay at the premier Halekulani Hotel in Waikiki, and a VIP pass to HIFF’s 41st annual Hawai‘i International Film Festival in November 2021.
Donate $25 or more, OR look for our HIFF40 for 40 Fundraiser Giveaway post on our Instagram account (@HIFFHawaii), follow @HIFFHawaii, @HalekulaniHotel, and @HawaiianAirlines AND tag THREE friends who you would bring to HIFF in the comments to receive one FREE entry.  (Terms & Conditions Apply)


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HIFF’s Mission:

As the vanguard forum of international cinematic achievement in the Asia-Pacific region, Hawai‘i International Film Festival (HIFF) endeavors to recognize new and emerging talent, promote career development and original collaborations through innovative education programs, and facilitate dynamic cultural exchange through the cinema arts.


Featuring world premiere screenings, panel discussions, industry events, virtual reality exhibitions, and gala celebrations, HIFF acts as a creative pipeline to the Pacific, showcasing new and emerging talent from Asia and the Pacific Islands. HIFF promotes career development and original collaborations through education and media literacy programs, and celebrates achievements of legendary directors, producers, writers, and actors. HIFF also holds the distinction of being the only statewide independent film festival in the United States. It has long been regarded as the gateway for Asian film into the American market and the world’s foremost festival dedicated to the theme of “East meets West.”

This year, in its 40th edition, HIFF will present over 170 films from 25 countries. HIFF is one of the premier film festivals in the United States and the only festival spread across an archipelago.

HIFF is steadfast in our commitment to celebrating the work of emerging filmmakers and artists from across the world and here at home. In partnership with the Vilcek Foundation, we celebrate the work of immigrant filmmakers and artists in building the cultural landscape of the United States through our New American Perspectives program.

Our program remains the premier destination for Asian-Pacific filmmaking, exhibiting the work of local filmmakers in our Made in Hawai’i and Pacific Showcase.


HIFF has long been dedicated to the promotion, education and sustainability of the local film and cinema arts industry in Hawai‘i.  This year, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we established various online and on-demand programs which bring the latest international  films and film festival content to your home.

As a HIFF donor, you allow us to continue to innovate in order to keep up with the global film industry in finding new ways to showcase the best of independent and international cinema, as well as maintain film-arts appreciation for local audiences.


We are very proud of our film education programs, which impact thousands of students throughout the school year. HIFF Education programs emphasize media literacy, authentic representation, new media technologies, and quality storytelling. Nearly 2,000 students participate in these programs each year.

As a HIFF donor, you can help introduce local students to the world of media. Our extensive education programs are in partnership with the University of Hawaii Academy of Creative Media and Daniel K. Inouye Institute.


HIFF is unique in discovering features, documentaries and shorts from Asia made by Asians, films about the Pacific made by Pacific Islanders, and films made by Hawai’i filmmakers that present Hawai’i in a culturally accurate way.

Our program remains the premier destination for Asian-Pacific filmmaking, exhibiting the work of local filmmakers in our Made in Hawai’i and Pacific Showcase.

As a HIFF donor, you help support the foundation of filmmaking and cinema exhibition in Hawai‘i.


"As HIFF Life Members and 30 year attendees, we can’t think of life without HIFF!!! We have seen thousands of films from around the world and made countless friends in the process. HIFF is not only an internationally acclaimed film festival, it’s a major mainstay of the local and neighbor islands arts community. Film in Hawaii will also be an essential element in Hawaii’s economic recovery and provide education and jobs for our local residents. Please join us in celebrating HIFF’s 40th Anniversary by making an extra generous gift to ensure a long and prosperous life for this cultural gem."
Kent & Dora Youel, HIFF Lifetime Members
Kent & Dora Youel
HIFF Lifetime Members
"I don’t go to many movies during the year except for the ones which the HIFF presents since there is so much diversity in terms of countries from which they are made and the wide range of subject matter. I have fond memories of films being presented at LCC and at the Hawaii Theatre, and a long time ago to introduce Korean films. I also enjoy locally made films."
Mary Jo Freshley
HIFF Ohana Member
“It’s an opportunity to see a global view of life which I may never see in commercial screenings, and to get to know the filmmakers and their movies with Q&As. It’s a chance to see my HIFF ‘ohana, HIFF staff and volunteers to fellow movie lovers who I see only at these venues (except this year sadly). Some highlights: Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement introducing WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, Simon Yam talk about the connection with his character in SPARROW. DEPARTURES winning the Oscar for Best Foreign Film and Roger Ebert’s nod to HIFF.”
Beverley Hayashi
HIFF Ohana Member