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HIFF Programming

HIFILM Free Panel-SPOTLIGHT ON INDIGENOUS TAIWAN: NATIVE SOVEREIGNTY & NEW PARTNERSHIPS IN ASIA-PACIFIC & OCEANIA

HIFILM PANEL — SPOTLIGHT ON INDIGENOUS TAIWAN: INDIGENOUS STORYTELLING, NATIVE SOVEREIGNTY IN ASIA-PACIFIC/OCEANIA In celebration of FestPAC (Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture) being hosted in Honolulu this week, HIFF is presenting a new HIFILM industry panel to be hosted at the Festival’s new headquarters in Kaimuki!   When: Friday, June 14, 2024Where: Hawaii International […]

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Encore screening of 26.2 TO LIFE added – 3/27, 5:30pm

By popular demand, we have added a second screening of 26.2 TO LIFE after the first screening quickly sold out. Directed by Christine Yoo, she and special guests from the film will also be in attendance for an after-film Q&A. 26.2 TO LIFE (Encore screening) Wednesday, March 27th, 5:30pm – Consolidated Kahala (Buy Tickets) Below

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Sundance premieres at 2024 HIFF Spring Showcase

The 2024 HIFF Spring Showcase is here with the Hawai‘i premiere of Lee Tamahori’s Aotearoa-set historical epic THE CONVERT, which is also screening again this weekend. The Guy Pearce-led action epic had its world premiere at Toronto last fall and will be commercially released in New Zealand this month. Meanwhile, the Spring Showcase is always

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HIFF launches two festivals this spring-HIFF Spring Showcase (March 21-28) & HIFF ‘Ōpio Fest (April 5-7)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE HAWAI‘I INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (HIFF) PRESENTED BY HALEKULANI LAUNCHES TWO FESTIVALS THIS SPRING – 27th annual HIFF Spring Showcase (March 21-28) & INAUGURAL HIFF ‘Ōpio Fest (April 5-7) HIFF Spring Showcase opens with New Zealand historical epic THE CONVERT directed by Lee Tamahori (ONCE WERE WARRIORS) & starring Guy Pearce;  Closes with

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HIFF TALKS PODCAST: Interview with Darieus Legg, HIFF43 Key Visual Artist

HOCCI’s Olivia Trice interviews Darieus Legg, the artist behind HIFF43’s key art visual and main trailer artist. Darieus’ style was inspired by his love of manga and anime (Katsuhito Otomo and Osamu Tezuka) and his philosophy of “being stoked” as a lifelong surfer, born and raised on the Big Island of Hawai‘i.  In addition, he

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Portraying the Faces of the Climate And Housing Crises In RAZING LIBERTY SQUARE

Filmed over the course of five years, RAZING LIBERTY SQUARE is a powerfully directed and insightful documentary that follows the redevelopment of New Liberty Square, a $300 million mixed income public housing complex, which begins with the demolition of Liberty Square.  Liberty Square is a historically Black neighborhood of Liberty City located in Miami, Florida

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Reflecting upon freedom of the press in BAD PRESS [Op-Ed]

The fragility of freedom of the press is at the forefront in the documentary feature BAD PRESS, which screened at this year’s Hawai‘i International Film Festival (HIFF43). The unique precarity surrounding the issue is detailed onscreen as viewers follow Angel Ellis, a reporter for Mvskoke Media and part of the Muscogee Creek Nation, which is

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Preserving ʻIke Kūpuna in HOMETOWN LEGENDS & ISLAND COWGIRLS

HOMETOWN LEGENDS and ISLAND COWGIRLS are two films that are preserving ʻike Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian Knowledge) from nā kupuna (elders) themselves. It is tradition for nā kupuna to pass down knowledge to the younger generations by ma ka hana ka ʻike, learning by doing. In these films, the audience watches as nā kupuna reminisce on their

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UNCLE BULLY’S SURF SKOOL represents Maui’s resilience

Community leaders are unsung heroes. Oftentimes, they are unfortunately left unrecognized by those outside of their sphere of influence, no matter how much good they contribute. Bull Kotter, lovingly known as Uncle Bully, is one of Maui’s heroes, and the documentary UNCLE BULLY’S SURF SKOOL tells his story so that his goodwill may never be

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Women on the rise: REEL WĀHINE OF HAWAI‘I Season 4

In the intricate tapestry of cinematic storytelling, the role of women filmmakers is an essential thread that weaves narratives of diversity, creativity, and perspective. Historically underrepresented in various aspects of the film industry, women have, nonetheless, made indelible contributions that have shaped the cinematic landscape. Their voices, both in front of and behind the camera,

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