HIFF Talk Story

HIFF40 Recap: Inspiring Students to "Talk Story" Through Films

The visual mediums of motion picture and animation betray an illusion of seamless, life-like fluidity presented through a director’s lens. Often overlooked is the functionality of the camera as a device capturing multiple frames per second, or the sheer number of drafts an animator puts into a single frame of a scene. Films and animation …

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Executive Director Beckie Stocchetti's Top 10 Films to watch with the HIFF40 10-Pack

For the next couple of days, we are going to be sharing HIFF staffers TOP 10 FILMS TO WATCH. With varying personal tastes, these lists are a great starting off point for the uninitiated who want to dive in and purchase our newly announced HIFF40 10-PACK, a discounted ticket package of 10-online vouchers for only …

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HIFF40: 5 Asian American films to watch & 1 special birthday to celebrate

With the focus of Asia-Pacific Rim cinema at the Hawai‘i International Film Festival presented by Halekulani, Asian American films are an important component of our festival programming. The late and famed film critic Roger Ebert hailed HIFF as a destination for emerging Asian American filmmakers, and this year is no different. Therefore, here are five …

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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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Polynesian Voyaging Society and ʻUluʻulu presents VISIONS OF HŌKŪLEʻA film series & live panel

ʻUluʻulu is Hawaiʻi’s official state archive for moving images. Located on the University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu campus, the archive is dedicated to the care, preservation, and digitization of film and videotape related to the history and culture of Hawaiʻi. The archive’s mission via preservation is to honor the past and ensure their availability …

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The Way Forward: Conversations about Race and Reckoning in Hawai‘i

“Hawai‘i is ready to tell our own complex story of race and belonging and it signifies that we need an expanded vocabulary beyond key terms in American racial analysis to advance the conversation.” – Dr. Akiemi Glenn Hawaiʻiʻs multicultural identity draws many people to its ethnically diverse shores, but institutional racism and colonialism still live …

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Here are the HIFF40 Honorees!

HIFF40 presented by Halekulani (November 5-29) is honored to announce this year’s honorees: Halekulani Career Achievement Award: Ann Hui: The winner of three Golden Horse awards and six Hong Kong Film Awards (HKFA) for best director, Ann Hui is one of the most talented filmmakers of her generation. She is known for her films about …

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