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HIFF ‘Ōpio Fest Student Showcase Honorees & Jury Award Winners

      The inaugural HIFF ‘Ōpio Fest (April 5-7) is an exciting three-day event for all ages that celebrates student films and spotlights the diverse voices of emerging young filmmakers across Hawai’i. ‘Ōpio Fest, HIFF’s inaugural youth film festival, kicked off on Friday, April 5th, 2024 with an opening night party at a private […]

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HIFF43 Announces Honorees & Jury Award Winners

As exclusively reported in Variety, the 43rd edition of the Hawai‘i International Film Festival (HIFF43) presented by Halekulani announced its jury winners and celebrated its Awards Gala Honorees at a private event held at the Halekulani Hotel. In its 2023 iteration, the organization awarded $23,500 in cash prizes to filmmakers across respective categories. HIFF43 HONOREES

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HIFF Programming Team Visiting European Festivals To Scout for Hidden Jems

HIFF’s Artistic Director, Anderson Le, is currently attending the Udine Far East Film Festival 25th edition, an annual film festival held in Udine, Italy, which promotes Asian Cinema in Europe focusing mainly on films from East Asia. In 2023, the festival celebrating its 25th anniversary edition from April 21 to April 29, will focus on

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HIFF42 Audience Award Winners

The votes have been tabulated and the audience has spoken. The HIFF42 Audience Award winners were announced this morning live on Hawaii News Now Sunrise. Here are the HIFF42 Audience Award winners presented by Hawaii News Now. The following are the Audience Award Winners for Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Short Film–and for the first time–Student

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HIFF42 Programmer’s Picks: Anderson’s Film List

The 42nd Hawai‘i International Film Festival presented by Hakelulani (HIFF42) is here! The fest kicks off with the “hometown” premiere of THE WIND AND THE RECKONING at Bishop Museum’s The Great Lawn and the world premiere of the Japanese drama YUDO: THE WAY OF THE BATH at Consolidated Ward.  With over 102 feature films unspooling

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HIFF42 Key Visual

HIFF42 Announces First 10 films + Kerry Warkia as Honoree

A MAN OF REASON Directed by Jung Woo-sung (South Korea) – U.S. Premiere Soo-hyuk (Korean superstar Jung Woo-sung, also doing double duty in his directorial debut) in his wants out of the criminal world. Problem is, he’s got a target on his back after serving 10 years for wiping out his old boss and a

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HIFF NAMED OSCAR®-QUALIFYING FESTIVAL FOR SHORT FILMS

The Hawai‘i International Film Festival (HIFF) presented by Halekulani is thrilled to announce that it has been approved by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a qualifying festival for the Short Film Awards category. Recipients of HIFF’s Best Short Film Award and HIFF’s Best Made in Hawai’i Short Film Award are now

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New Deep Blue Environmental Shorts Award

Presented by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO), the Deep Blue Environmental Shorts Award and a $5,000 cash prize will be awarded to the best short film focusing on an environmental topic and/or theme. Short films that cover ocean- or water-based environmental topics and/or a Powering the Blue Economy™ theme, which

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RSVP to HIFF's Oscar Watch Party

Dan Connell’s 19 Haikus from HIFF Oscar Night

I. 94th Oscars cut eight wins for time, still ran over three hours. shadowed by a slap. II. CODA (Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay) utterly sold by powerhouse performances, nothing short of sweet. III. Dune (6 Visual and Sound Awards) celestial awe! groundbreaking score, sight, and sound. can’t wait for part two. IV. Jane Campion (Best

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