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Hawaii International Film Festival, 2018

NOVEMBER 8 – 18, 2018


HIFF38 presented by Halekulani will take place from November 8 to 18 in Oahu, November 15 to 18 in Kauai, November 29 to December 2 in the Big Island, and November 30 - December 2 in Maui. HIFF is the only state-wide film festival in the US. It is also a one-of-a-kind festival as it is spread across an archipelago. This means you can hop from island to island, enjoying not just the wide variety of cinema showcased but also the natural sights.

The festival will screen 187 films from 35 countries. The mission of HIFF38 is to entertain, enlighten and inspire.



Chinese director Zhang Yimou of Hero and Curse of the Golden Flower fame directs this tale of intrigue and action set within the warring ‘Three Kingdoms.’ A wild and ambitious ruler, his loyal but cunning commander, and a double he’s set up as insurance play games of deceit as war rages through their kingdom.


Green Book

When a bouncer from the Bronx is hired to drive a world-class black pianist on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on ‘The Green Book’ to guide them to the few establishments that are safe for African-Americans. The situation demands that the two confront racism and danger and, at the same time, set aside their differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime. Directed by Peter Farrelly, the comedy drama features Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali.


Moananui a kea: One Ocean. One People. One Canoe

Directed by Na’alehu Anthon, the film celebrates the historic worldwide voyage that connected countless communities from around the globe. It is a voyage that also represents the fulfillment of the vision of Nainoa Thompson and his contemporaries, the passing of the mantle to the next generation of kanaka maoli (native Hawaiians) who will retain the skills of their ancestors and perpetuate this tradition for generations to come.


There are several sections in the festival, each showcasing films of either a certain genre, region or style; ranging from festival favorites such as the Spotlight on Japan and Spotlight on Korea programs, and films from Sundance, Cannes and Toronto (Awards Buzz), to special sidebars on the environment (Green Screen), culinary cinema (Eat.Drink.Film.), Asian genre cinema (Extreme Asia), and a special program around renowned filmmaker Wong Kar-wai.

The festival also features new works from Pacific Islander cinema artists (Pacific Showcase), the sophomore year of the competition section for locally-based films (Made in Hawaii), and a brand new competition section for emerging filmmakers, the Kau Ka Hoku Award.

Here are the films from some of the sections that are being screened at the festival:

Awards Buzz

3 Faces

Birds Of Passage



The Favourite

If Beale Street Could Talk


Vox Lux

Eat. Drink. Film.

Chef Flynn

Every Day Is A Good Day

For Love’s Sake

Green Screen

Anote’s Ark

The Biggest Little Farm


Into The Okavango

Sharkwater Extinction

South East Asian Showcase

First Love

Memories Of My Body

The Prey

Song Lang

The Third Wife

Made In Hawaii

Voices Behind Barbed Wire

Surfing To Cope


My Hero’s Shadow

Disney’s Moana ‘Olelo Hawai’i

Spotlight On India

Husband Material (Manmarziyaan)



The Sweet Requiem   

– Padma Iyer

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