Features

MRS. NOISY | Q&A with Chihiro Amano & HIFF Programmer, Anna Page

MRS. NOISY Director: Chihiro Amano Cast: Yukiko Shinohara, Yoko Ootaka, Takuma Nagao, Chise Niitsu, Taichi Miyazaki, Raiki Yonemoto Language: Japanese with English subtitles Synopsis: A small quarrel between two neighbors quickly snowballs into a major internet frenzy. Based on a brilliant script by the writer director Chihiro Amano, this modern-day comedy takes an unexpected turn …

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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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GIRL, INTERRUPTED (1999): A Gap Year at the Psych Ward

As of May 2022, GIRL, INTERRUPTED is streaming on NETFLIX and PlutoTV. Upon first look, GIRL, INTERRUPTED (1999) appears to be the sister film of the critically acclaimed ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST (1975). The way Lisa (Angelina Jolie) enters the ward, kicking and screaming, marks her as GIRL, INTERRUPTED’s McMurphy and the force …

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DONBASS (2018): WHY WE LIKE THIS FILM // HIFF Selects

DONBASS, an absurd, political satire that takes place during the wake of Russia’s 2014 invasion of the Eastern European region actually was released stateside in 2019 (after its debut at Cannes 2018). Watching it now as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is unspooling on our TV screens on a daily basis, lends an unnerving, heightened resonance …

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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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Hawai‘i filmmakers share photos of FIRE OF LOVE couple from Kilauea 1988

Local filmmaker Mike May with Maurice Krafft at lava lake One of the buzziest films at this year’s HIFF Spring Showcase is the Sundance winning documentary FIRE OF LOVE from director Sara Dosa.  The film follows the lives and careers of daring French Volcanologists Katia and Maurice Krafft who traveled across the globe for years …

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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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Nia Tero’s Kin Theory Database for Global Indigenous Creatives

Nia Tero Launches Kin Theory Database for Global Indigenous Creatives  //by Jessica Ramirez, Creative Producer, Nia Tero   After almost three years of dreaming, website development, and community building, Nia Tero is proud to announce the launch of Kin Theory, a global database for Indigenous creatives. Media makers from around the world who identify as Indigenous are …

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