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HIFF Programming Team Report From Cannes Film Festival

The 76th annual Cannes Film Festival is wrapping up this weekend and the HIFF programmers—Artistic Director, Anderson Le and Director of Programming, Anna Page—are wrapping up their annual programming trip. With numerous screenings and meetings with distributors and sales agents, it was a whirlwind ten days to seek out and secure the best in world cinema for the upcoming HIFF43 this coming …

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HIFF SPRING SHOWCASE returns to 100% in-person | Gala Films: JAMOJAYA and SUZUME

HIFF is thrilled to kick off the year with our 26th HIFF Spring Showcase presented by Halekulani with 20 feature films and 5 short films, all in-person at the Consolidated Kahala Theatres from March 31 through April 6. We are thrilled to open the Spring Showcase with the ‘hometown premiere’ of Justin Chon’s JAMOJAYA starring …

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2023 Spring Showcase Program Announced

Filled with insight and discovery, the Hawaii International Film Festival is dedicated to advancing understanding and cultural exchange among the peoples of Asia, the Pacific and North America by presenting films from around the world. We hold two film festivals on the island of O‘ahu every year, with our HIFF Spring Showcase serving as a …

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Sundance Hit: POLITE SOCIETY at HIFF Spring Showcase

HIFF is excited to announce the Hawai’i premiere of the Sundance hit POLITE SOCIETY, the feature directorial debut from Nida Manzoor (WE ARE LADY PARTS). Ria is a martial artist-in-training, who believes she must save her older sister from her impending marriage. After enlisting the help of her friends, she tries to pull off the most …

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HIFF43 REGULAR LATE DEADLINE May 12, July 7

REMAINING DEADLINES FOR 43rd ANNUAL HIFF FALL FESTIVAL

>>SUBMIT YOUR FILM HERE<< Submissions are now open for HIFF43 Fall Festival in the following categories: Narrative Feature Documentary Feature Narrative Short Documentary Short Pacific Islander Showcase Features Pacific Islander Showcase Shorts New American Perspectives Made in Hawai‘i Features Made in Hawai‘i Shorts Environmental Shorts Hawai‘i University Student Regular Deadline: May 12, 2023 | Late Deadline: …

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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 Added Screenings by Popular Demand

We are at the midpoint of HIFF42 presented by Halekulani and are slowly filling up TBA screening slots scheduled during the back half to fill with some of the Festival’s most popular films. MADE IN HAWAI‘I SHORTS #1 – November 9, 8:30pm DELIKADO (Philippines, USA) – November 10, 5:30pm MADE IN HAWAI‘I SHORTS #2 – …

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HIFF42 Programmer’s Picks: Anna’s Film List

Yesterday, we posted Artistic Director Anderson Le’s Top HIFF42 Film Picks. Today, it’s Director of Programming Anna Page’s turn to reveal her Must-Sees at HIFF42! Check them out below, break out your excel sheet, and start making your Festival viewing schedule: BROKER (South Korea, 2022, 129 min, Dir: Hirokazu Kore-eda) Academy Award nominated filmmaker Hirokazu …

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