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Hawaii International Film Festival

November 03-13, 2016

Hawaii, United States

What’s It All About?

Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) was started in 1981 and recognises new and emerging talent, promotes career development and original collaborations through innovative education programs, and facilitates dynamic cultural exchange through the cinema arts. HIFF also conducts seminars, workshops and special award presentation, with top Asian, Pacific and North American filmmakers participating.

Opening Film

The Last Princess

The film is set in the Joseon Dynasty. The Japanese army kills King Gojeung, after which princess Deokhye becomes the queen. When Deokhye was young, she had a boyfriend who killed some Japanese soldiers so that she could survive. They also spread the Independence movement in Korea, so that Korea can be free from Japan. The film is directed by Jin-ho Hur and stars Sang-hun Jeong, Hae-il Park, Mi-ran Ra.

Indian Connect


Shivaay is a Himalayan mountaineer who may seem like an innocuous everyman until he is pushed over the edge. Shivaay has a particular set of skills, which come to light when his daughter is kidnapped by a rival who wants to bring him back to the dark side. He will do whatever it takes to end the villains who wish to destroy his idyllic life. The film is directed by Ajay Devgn and features Ajay Devgn, Erika Kaar and Sayyeshaa.

The Bait

Buddhadeb Dasgupta’s directorial The Bait is about a hunter who is a royal descendant and who desperately attempts to kill a tiger but fails each time. Now a film crew wants to make a documentary about him. Meanwhile, a postman becomes the town’s new psychic by stealing all their mail and fortifying himself in a tall tree while he yells their fortunes at them. All these narrative threads initially unfold separately, then cross and intertwine. The film stars Sudipto Chatterjee, Paoli Dam and Chandan Roy Sanyal.

The Cinema Travellers

The plot follows showmen riding cinema lorries that bring the wonder of the movies to faraway villages in India once every year. Seven decades on, as their cinema projectors crumble and film reels become scarce, their patrons are lured by slick digital technology. A benevolent showman, a shrewd exhibitor and a maverick projector mechanic bear a beautiful burden – to keep the last travelling cinemas of the world running.

The Tiger Hunter

The film is about Sami, a young Indian who travels to 1970s’ America to become an engineer and live up to the legacy of his father, a legendary tiger hunter. When Sami’s job falls through, he resorts to an elaborate charade with misfit friends in order to woo his childhood sweetheart. This immigrant story chases the American dream with both humour and heart. The film is directed by Lena Khan and stars Karen David, Jon Heder, Rizwan Manji and Danny Pudi.


1000 Hands Of Guru: Saving Bhutan’s Scared Arts

Design Disruptions

The Eagle Hunters

Forbidden City, U.S.A

The Freedom To Marry

Listen To Me Marlon

Mifune- The Last Samurai

Mixed Match

A New Moon Over Tohoku

Prison Dogs

Spotlight On India


The Bait

The Cinema Travellers

The Tiger Hunter

Shorts Before Features


Aloha For Indo


The Lake

Occasionally, I Saw Glimpses Of Hawai’i

Waves Of Disruption: The Cori Schumacher Story

Closing Film

Your Name

Directed by Makoto Shinkai, Your Name is an animated film about two high-school kids who’ve never met. Later, city boy Taki and country girl Mitsuha are united through their dreams.

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