Programming Updates

The 41st annual Hawai’i International Film Festival Lineup

  HIFF41 presented by Halekulani: In-theaters Nov 4-14 on Oahu, Nov 18-21 on Neighbor Islands & Streaming Nationwide Nov 4-28 // The program includes 123 features, 100 shorts, and for the first time ever, a new episodic series program. Among the lineup are 139 Hawai’i premieres, 34 world premieres, 21 US premieres, and 11 international …

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HIFF presents Hawai‘i made short films at Aloha Drive-In

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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HoMA partners with Sundance Film Festival 2021 to present free virtual programs to support Hawai‘i films

HIFF is honored to support the Honolulu Museum of Art (HoMA), the official #SatelliteScreen partner for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. This year, we celebrate a major milestone for Hawaiʻi cinema: for the first time, two Hawaiʻi films have been selected for the Festival—THIS IS THE WAY WE RISE directed  Ciara Lacy, which world premiered …

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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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RSVP for free virtual screening of MINARI + Q&A moderated by Sandra Oh on January 13 to celebrate Korean American Day

On Wednesday, January 13, celebrate Korean American Day with the cast & crew of MINARI. This special virtual screening will be followed by a conversation moderated by Golden Globe winner Sandra Oh (KILLING EVE). Join us for this special advance screening and Q&A for MINARI, in this special return engagement after the Hawai‘i premiere as …

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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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Celebrate Bruce Lee's 80th birthday with BE WATER free screening + panel on November 27

Twenty-six karate students circle the lone man. Hands flared open as he adjusts his wide striking stance, his eyes dart from one opponent to the next, ready to react. Such is our mentally ingrained evocation of the late martial artist and film actor Bruce Jun-Fan Lee. Director Bao Nguyen’s documentary BE WATER , which world …

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HIFF40 Closing Night Film WAIKIKI available to view through November 29

The HIFF40 Closing Night Film, WAIKIKI, directed by Christopher Kahunahana, will be available to view online starting today, November 25 through November 29. To order tickets and watch on HIFF’s streaming platform, go to the film’s HIFF40 program listing.  In addition, the Festival will be presenting WAIKIKI at the Consolidated Ward 16 on Saturday, November …

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Save-the-Date: HIFF40 Awards Celebration & Brunch Pau Hana on November 29

Join us for a reimagined HIFF Awards Gala! While we can’t safely gather at the red carpet this year to honor our filmmakers, HIFF board, honorees, juried film winners, and Hawai‘i’s finest, we invite you to join us for a virtual rendition of this celebration. Dress in your best and grab brunch (order through Bite …

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