HIFF40

FYC: Watch award-winning KAPAEMAHU on HIFF Streaming Service through February 20

We are honored to provide a special for-your-consideration (aka FYC) screening of KAPAEMAHU, which won the HIFF40 Made in Hawai‘i Award for Best Animated Film, and is currently short listed for Academy Award consideration in the Best Animated Short category. In the long and storied history of the Academy Awards, Hollywood and the entertainment industry …

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HIFF HANA HOU Spotlight: Q&A with Aniston Eyre, Director of Audience Winner WAGON

WAGON, a documentary feature directed by Maui-born and raised Aniston Eyre, received the HIFF40 Documentary Audience Award. This is significant because Eyre is the first student filmmaker to win the award in the Festival’s 40 years. Now 19, Eyre is currently attending Columbia University (remotely from Maui because of the pandemic). We recently sat down …

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HIFF HANA HOU Spotlight: Best Actress Ebony McGuire for WIRUN

Within the creative confines of a classroom setting, one is expected to perform to a certain standard, while also contributing to the peer learning experience.  This becomes especially challenging when the assignment requires students to empathize with texts and search introspectively in order to form a response with substance and actual stakes. In WIRUN, lead …

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HIFF40 Recap: A Multitude of Cinema Through the Immigrant Lens

Peering into an unfamiliar moment, without influencing its procession is a rare privilege. This space, often explored in immigrant-made films, is a powerful one recognized by both HIFF and The Vilcek Foundation, who together formed the New American Perspectives program (NAP). NAP is a slate of impactful films created solely by immigrant filmmakers. The collaboration …

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HIFF40 Recap: XR and Engaging the Space Around Us

Extended reality or  XR encompasses various modes of immersive media not limited to virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality. Virtual reality blanks out the real world, placing users in an artificial 3D space, augmented reality uses the real world as a backdrop with virtual items implanted throughout, while mixed reality enables users to manipulate …

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We Have a HIFF40-For-40 Fundraiser Giveaway Winner!

As part of our HIFF 40 For 40 Fundraiser, where our goal was to raise $40,000 by the end of HIFF40, some of our major sponsors culled together an amazing sweepstakes awards package to encourage donations. The awards package included 120,000 Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles, a two night suite stay at the premier Halekulani Hotel in …

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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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HIFF40 Recap: HIFF Drive-In Revives the Theater Going Experience

An ideal pit-stop for cooped-in families and quarantine joy-riders alike, the HIFF40 Drive-in Cinema was a much needed excuse to get outside. In addition to the vintage vibe, drive-in films allowed us the lost sensation of congregating and sharing a singular source of entertainment without violating health guidelines. The idea was brainstormed into conception as …

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