HIFF@HOME SUMMER FEST is now live! If you haven’t taken the opportunity to purchase an ALL-ACCESS PASS for just $40 to watch all of the films on your own time between August 7-14, then do it now. But, HIFF has provided opportunities for audiences to join in on the action for free as well! Check out what FREE EVENTS we have lined up:
August 7 / 6:00pm on Zoom & Facebook Live OPENING NIGHT PAU HANA with HIFF Staff, Special Guests & Music by Micah Ganiron: Join us online, dressed in your best summer duds and with your favorite drink, as we kick off SUMMER FEST! It will be a fun happy hour with the HIFF team, as they walk through the SUMMER FEST program and also discuss the 40th anniversary and the future of the festival, live music by Micah Ganiron, and a couple of special guests who will drop in – OH, AND YOU! Facebook Live Zoom Link Meeting ID: 869 5693 8584 Passcode: 936940August 7-14 / Live Zoom Filmmaker Q&As (Various Dates) Aside from just screening 11 new films from around the world, HIFF will be hosting several FREE Q&As with select directors and cast members throughout the week. Audiences can join these scheduled Q&As via Zoom or on Facebook Live. Filmmakers will be ‘zooming’ in from London, Manila, Hong Kong, New York, Los Angeles, Sydney, and Tokyo to participate in these Q&As and we encourage everyone to join in the discourse! For the full schedule, head over to SUMMER FEST LIVE EVENTS Page.
August 13 / 3:00pm on Zoom & Facebook Live (Just Added) HIFF@HOME SUMMER FEST WEBINAR: The Future of Kānaka Maoli Filmmaking: “Where do we go from here?” Co-presented with Pacific Islanders in Communications. We are living in a tumultuous, political era. Institutions are being challenged in the film industry, as politics and art are resonant more than ever in an American reckoning from a gamut of causes–Police brutality and #blacklivesmatter; an attack against immigration and the scapegoating of the Other; First Peoples issues and rights being challenged right here in Hawai’i spearheaded by the Mauna Kea movement; and the disparity of wealth and class becoming more apparent via the COVID-19 pandemic, decimating all industries, especially the film and tv industry. In this panel we explore the current movement of Kānaka Maoli filmmakers who are fighting the good fight in telling their own stories in an ever-changing media landscape. Artistic practice, maintaining authenticity in the filmmaker’s perspective, and what protocols to follow in this “new normal” during a global pandemic will be hot button issues discussed in a time of massive structural change as we try to answer the question, “where do we go from here?” Moderated by Leanne Ferrer (Pacific Islanders in Communications) & Anderson Le (HIFF).
Panelists: Justyn Ah Chong (DOWN ON THE SIDEWALK IN WAIKIKI) Donne Dawson (Hawai‘i State Film Commissioner) Chris Kahunahana (WAIKIKI THE MOVIE) Ciara Lacy (OUT OF STATE, HIFF37 Made In Hawai‘i Grand Prize) Erin Lau (THE MOON AND THE NIGHT, HIFF38) Mynette Louie (Producer, I CARRY YOU WITH ME, SWALLOW, NANCY, THE TALE) ʻĀina Paikai (HAWAIIAN SOUL) Ty Sanga (HAE HAWAI‘I, STONES)
August 21 / Future Filmmakers Q&A as part of HIFF Education We encourage middle and high school students in Hawai’i to sign up for our Future Filmmakers Q&A on Zoom to connect with peers across the state, get ideas and tips for their submission to the DKII Future Filmmakers Open Call (this year’s topic: “What is your message to the future President?”), learn from local Documentary Filmmaker, Ciara Lacy, and past student winners of previous Future Filmmakers’ film contests. Sign up now!