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HIFF42 Announces First 10 films + Kerry Warkia as Honoree

A MAN OF REASON Directed by Jung Woo-sung (South Korea) – U.S. Premiere Soo-hyuk (Korean superstar Jung Woo-sung, also doing double duty in his directorial debut) in his wants out of the criminal world. Problem is, he’s got a target on his back after serving 10 years for wiping out his old boss and a …

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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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SUBMISSION DEADLINES FOR 42nd ANNUAL HIFF FALL FESTIVAL

>>SUBMIT YOUR FILM HERE<< The 42nd Annual Hawai‘i International Film Festival Announces Film Submission Deadlines for 2022 Submissions open on February 11th, 2022 for all Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Short, Episodic (Series), Pacific Islander Showcase Features, Pacific Islander Showcase Shorts, Made in Hawai‘i Features, Made in Hawai‘i Shorts, XR Showcase, and Hawai‘i …

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HIFF SELECTS FEBRUARY: ESCAPE FROM MOGADISHU

WATCH ESCAPE FROM MOGADISHU ON HIFF SELECTS DURING THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY Anderson Le  /// February 1, 2022 When cineastes discuss South Korean cinema, especially in the context of hallyu (Korean wave), auteur names like Bong Joon-ho, Kim Jee-woon and Park Chan-wook are ubiquitously brought up. In 2021, Hwang Dong-hyuk, the creator of SQUID GAME …

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HIFF41 Audience Awards Announcement

The votes have been tabulated and the audience has spoken. Here are the HIFF41 Audience Award winners presented by Hawaii News Now.       The HIFF41 Audience Award winners were officially announced on Hawaii News Now. You can view the broadcast announcement here.  HIFF41 Jury Award winners were announced during the HIFF Awards Gala …

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HIFF Launches First Film Production MAKAWALU

Project Will Incubate and Support Eight Native Hawaiian Filmmakers In the Production of One Collaborative Feature Film (November 15, 2021) Honolulu, HI — The Hawai’i International Film Festival (HIFF) presented by Halekulani announced today the launch of MAKAWALU, HIFF’s first production project that will bring eight kanaka maoli (Native Hawaiian) directors together to make one …

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HIFF41 Announces Festival Award Winners

Hawai‘i International Film Festival Announces Festival Award Winners Best Made in Hawai’i Feature – I WAS A SIMPLE MAN, directed by Christopher Makoto Yogi Best Made in Hawai’i Short – RIVER OF SMALL GODS, Directed by Bradley Tangonan Kau Ka Hōkū Grand Jury Award Winner – DARK RED FOREST, Directed by Jin Huaqing HIFF Best …

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Sterlin Harjo & Indigenous Filmmakers Spotlight at HIFF41

November is American Indian Heritage Month and its only apropos that we celebrate the works of First Nations filmmakers, including Pasifika and Kanaka Maoli artists, at #HIFF41. We continue our annual partnership with Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) with PACIFIC SHOWCASE, presenting new features and shorts from Pacific Islander filmmakers, as well as Hawaiian filmmaking …

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HIFF41 SERIES Section features premium television from around the world

For the first time ever, the 41st Hawai‘i International Film Festival presented by Halekulani (#HIFF41) has included a SERIES section to highlight the convergence of film and television series in today’s streaming world. As the world sheltered in place for well over a year and a half, binging TV series on major streamers like Netflix, …

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HIFF at Waimea Theater on Kauai, Nov 18-21

The 41st Hawai‘i International Film Festival presented by Halekulani (#HIFF41) will be heading to Kauai at the Waimea Theater from November 18-21. Highlights include new films from Okinawa (MIRACLE CITY KOZA), Japan (THE FABLE: THE KILLER WHO DOESN’T KILL), and South Korea (HOSTAGE: MISSING CELEBRITY). Another highlight is the hilarious family dreamed THE FABULOUS FILIPINO BROTHERS …

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