When the lights dim, we settle into silence. We turn off the ringers on our phones, tuck our bags under our seats, and lean back into the cushion as we await the flashing screen and booming melodies that signal the start of a long-anticipated movie. There’s nothing quite like a community gathering together to enjoy a film screening, and this year’s 37th Annual Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) presented by Halekulani is guaranteed to be the premier cultural event of the state.
Every year, HIFF draws the attention of over 50,000 theatre buffs and general attendees throughout Hawaiʻi. With a mission to entertain, enlighten and inspire, HIFF will certainly do just that through its impressive series of 160 films from 45 different countries. These selected films represent the best of the best in independent films today with a unique focus on brilliant Asia-Pacific Rim works. Fan favorites from Berlin, Cannes, Sundance, South by Southwest (SXSW) and Toronto will also screen throughout the festival.
New this year, HIFF introduces its inaugural Made in Hawaii Film Awards to recognize the extraordinary talents of local filmmakers and their insights on Hawaiʻi life. As someone constantly inspired by the flourishing creativity of local writers, filmmakers and artists, I’m especially excited about these new awards, and can’t wait to see which films take home the “Best Made in Hawaii Feature” and “Best Made in Hawaii Short Film” awards!
There’s no wrong way to enjoy HIFF, but browsing membership options certainly don’t hurt. As a HIFF Member, you’ll receive $4 off all general admission prices as well as other additional benefits, from advance ticket purchase to exclusive member line seating for all screenings. You can also purchase tickets online or in-person at the HIFF Office (full details on their website).
If you’re looking to experience Hawaiʻi’s thriving art scene, you don’t want to miss HIFF37. The 37th Annual Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani takes place Nov. 2-12 on Oʻahu and Nov. 16-19 on Hawaiʻi Island and Kauaʻi. Purchase tickets or obtain membership and festival passes by visiting hiff.org/membership-and-passes.