A Cinematic Event
The 43rd Hawai‘i International Film Festival presented by Halekulani is here! An epic wave of global films, exclusive premieres, filmmaker panels, and networking events hits the shores— Oct 12-22 on O‘ahu - through Nov 5 on Neighbor Islands!
Make the most out of your festival experience by purchasing a pass with greater flexibility and benefits.
For The Cinephile
Access to ALL Screenings and Panels*
Early access to ticket sales
Personalized Festival Pass
Movies and More
All-Access benefits plus...
Opening Night Party Invite
RSVP for Reserved Seating at Screenings*
Network and Learn
10 Free Day-of screening tickets*
Free Entrance to HIFILM Panels
Select HIFF43 events
HIFILM Industry Directory
Movie, Panels, and More!
5 free day-of screening tickets*
Invite to Metaverse events
Industry Panel access
HIFF Industry Membership ($30 value)
More than just watching movies.
Opening Night Films @ Consolidated Ward Theatres
Surf instructor "Uncle Bully" uses his unique approach to life (in and out of the water) along with his power of simply being present to reach and teach the minds of at-risk youth by sharing surf culture, ocean respect, and kindness with them.
Directed by Academy Award® Winner Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit, Thor: Ragnarok) and based on a true story, NEXT GOAL WINS follows the American Samoa soccer team, infamously known for their brutal 31-0 loss in 2001. With the World Cup Qualifiers approaching, the team hires down-on-his-luck, maverick coach Thomas Rongen (Michael Fassbender) hoping he will turn the world’s worst soccer team around in this heartfelt underdog comedy.
Centerpiece Films @ Consolidated Ward Theatres
Starring Korean superstars Lee Byung-hun (A BITTERSWEET LIFE, I SAW THE DEVIL) and Park Seo-joon (PARASITE, DREAM), CONCRETE UTOPIA is a top-tier disaster-thriller, searing post-apocalyptic psychological drama, and South Korea’s Official Academy Awards submission.
NYAD tells the remarkable true story of athlete Diana Nyad who, at the age of 60 and with the help of her best friend and coach, commits to achieving her life-long dream: a 110-mile open ocean swim from Cuba to Florida.
Closing Night Film @ Consolidated Ward Theatres
HIFF is honored to present THE BOY AND THE HERON, the highly anticipated new film from the legendary Academy Award-winning Hayao Miyazaki, co-founder of Japan''s celebrated animation house, Studio Ghibli, as this year''s Closing Night Film. Mahito, a young 12-year-old boy, struggles to settle in a new town after his mother''s death. However, when a talking heron informs Mahito that his mother is still alive, he enters an abandoned tower in search of her, which takes him to another world.
Full Event Calendar
Tickets to NI Screenings will be available through each venue below after September 30th.
Maui Arts & Culture Center
The Lana‘i Theater at Hale Keaka
Opening Night Reception at Halekulani
Join us for cocktails and pupus as we kick-off HIFF43
Next Goal Wins (Opening Night Film)
Taika Waititi’s NEXT GOAL WINS is the true story of the infamously terrible American Samoa soccer team. Michael Fassbender plays washed up Dutch American coach Thomas Rongen, who is banished to the middle of the Pacific, in an attempt to turn the American Samoa national soccer team into winners. Filmed entirely on Oahu, NEXT GOAL WINS is a sports underdog comedy-drama filled with Waititi’s off-kilter comedic imprimatur, but with his penchant for heart, found family and the Pasifika/Aloha spirit.
Consolidated Kahala | 8:15pm | Hawai’i Premiere
Concrete Utopia (Centerpiece)
The world has been reduced to rubble by a massive earthquake. While no one knows for sure how far the ruins stretch, or what the cause of the earthquake may be, in the heart of Seoul there is only one apartment building left standing. As time passes, outsiders start coming into the building complex, trying to escape the extreme cold. Before long, the apartment residents are unable to cope with the increasing numbers. Feeling a threat to their very survival, the residents take extreme measures.
Consolidated Kahala | 7:30pm | Hawai’i Premiere
The Boy and the Heron (Closing Night Film)
HIFF is honored to present THE BOY AND THE HERON, the highly anticipated new film from the legendary Academy Award-winning Hayao Miyazaki, co-founder of Japan’s celebrated animation house, Studio Ghibli, as this year’s Closing Night Film. Mahito, a young 12-year-old boy, struggles to settle in a new town after his mother’s death. However, when a talking heron informs Mahito that his mother is still alive, he enters an abandoned tower in search of her, which takes him to another world.
Join us as we celebrate filmmakers with an evening with industry peers and festival suppporters.
Halekulani | 5:30pm
Full Event Calendar
Meet The Artist
“My work revolves around the theme and concept of Stoke. Stoke with a capital S starts on the inside. This philosophy has given me great strength and power in a world where I have little control over things. If no one can take my Stoke unless I allow them, then I am truly free. I believe that is what all human beings want – to be free of stress.
For the HIFF43 visuals and trailer, I wanted to allow the wonder and magic of the movies to guide me through the process. When movies come out, it’s such an exciting feeling and gives us something to be Stoked about.”