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2022 Hawaiʻi Youth Social Justice Film Fest

Hawai‘i Women in Films presents: 2022 Hawaiʻi Youth Social Justice Film Fest Through its roster of films produced during this year’s Social Justice themed youth filmmaking programs,  the Fest will spark conversations on pressing topics impacting our communities. The Festival will run Saturday, December 10, 2022 and Sunday, December 11, 2022. We have two programs. …

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Advice to Young Filmmakers from the Class of 2022

Congratulations to the class of 2022! We would like to highlight two seniors, Inez Anderson & Faith Christy Soilven, who have recently graduated high school and who have been a part of our HIFF Education Programs. Inez Anderson is a graduate of Roosevelt High School and was an active participant of HIFF’s Education programs throughout …

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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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Sundance 2022 Review: EVERY DAY IN KAIMUKĪ

Alika Tengan’s Every Day in Kaimukī (2022) is the first narrative feature by a Kānaka Maoli filmmaker to premiere at Sundance, but it arrives as part of a cohort of similarly unconventional features from Hawaiʻi, including Christopher Makoto Yogi’s August at Akiko’s (2018) and I Was a Simple Man (2021), and Christopher Kahunahana’s Waikiki (2020). …

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FIRST VOTE: Chinese Americans and the Presidential Election

As the United States comes to understand the full outcome and implications of the 2020 election, we know that voters turned out in unprecedented numbers to practice their civic duty and fundamental right. Following the 2016 Presidential election, Chinese American filmmaker Yi Chen was fascinated by the divides she witnessed during that year’s campaigns. “I …

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HIFF40 Message from Executive Director Beckie Stocchetti

Aloha, As we plan for our landmark 40th Annual Hawai’i International Film Festival only four short months away, among all the uncertainties of 2020, I wanted to provide an update with some of the exciting new ventures on the horizon for HIFF. I have tremendous pride and gratitude for the wonderful HIFF staff, board of …

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HIFF Virtual Cinema: Watch these African American Films (Free for Limited Time)

Many film industry supporters have come out in the past week to help fight systemic racism, advocate for police reform and support protesters across America. From supporting a passionate Jon Boyega at a BLM rally in London, to companies like A24, Bad Robot and other leading voices in film are stepping up in response to …

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#BlackLivesMatter: A Message from Hawai‘i International Film Festival

The Hawai’i International Film Festival’s mission to promote cultural understanding through cinema resonates fully during these turbulent times. Film is much more than entertainment: it is a portal to enlighten, inspire, and incite by shining a light on marginalized communities and stories. Cinema, at its core, is a mirror that reflects society. With our main …

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