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WORLD OF WONG KAR WAI: The Ultimate WKW Mixtape

We have invited some Wong Kar Wai super fans to discuss their love for the famed Hong Kong auteur’s work in celebration of HIFF’s virtual cinema series of WORLD OF WONG KAR WAI, a presentation of 7 digitally remastered classic films, streaming on HIFF”s streaming platform for the entire month of February. Here is a …

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WORLD OF WONG KAR WAI: Mastery of Retrospection (Guest Blog)

We have invited some Wong Kar Wai super fans to discuss their love for the famed Hong Kong auteur’s work in celebration of HIFF’s virtual cinema series of WORLD OF WONG KAR WAI, a presentation of 7 digitally remastered classic films, streaming on HIFF”s streaming platform for the entire month of February. Honolulu Museum of …

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HIFF presents Hawai‘i made short films at Aloha Drive-In at Ala Moana all February

Aloha Drive-In Movies screenings are back! The popular drive-in event is presenting two films every Friday and Saturday at Ala Moana Center all through February. Both films presented each night share a theme–i.e. “Black History Month: We Need A Hero” for SPIDER-MAN INTO THE SPIDERVERSE and BLACK PANTHER on February 5 and BILL & TED’S …

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February's HIFF SELECTS: HOPE directed by Maria Sødahl

For this month’s HIFF SELECTS, the festival programmers  are honored to present HOPE, Norway’s official entry to the Academy Awards International Film category. The second film by director Maria Sødahl, who debuted with her award-winning film LIMBO in 2010, HOPE is a tour-de-force led by powerful performances by Andrea Bræin Hovig and Stellan Skarsgård. https://vimeo.com/486611862 …

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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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