68 films/events

United States

11/8/16
United States 2017 | 104 min.
Documentaries | Documentary, Politics, Social Issues

A follow up to the documentary 11/4/08, Jeff Deutchman’s 11/8/16 is the antithesis, utilizing 40 filmmakers (including Hawaii’s Ciara Lacy) to capture one of the most divisive election...

Fri, Nov 03 - 5:45PM  Dole Cannery D

2017 HIFF AWARDS GALA PRESENTED BY HALEKULANI
United States 2017 | 180 min.
Special Events | Gala

Please email events@hiff.org for HIFF37 Awards Gala seats and table reservations and information. The Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani is proudly...

Fri, Nov 10 - 7:00PM  Halekulani

ALASKA IS A DRAG
United States 2017 | 90 min.
American Indies | Drama, LGBT, Magical Realism

Leo, an aspiring drag superstar, is stuck working in a fish cannery in Alaska, trapped in the monotony of fist fights and fish guts. Out of necessity, Leo learned to fight back, which catches the...

Fri, Nov 03 - 8:30PM  Dole Cannery E

Mon, Nov 06 - 3:30PM  Dole Cannery D

ALOHA + CHALLENGE
United States 2017 | 2 min.
Student Showcase | Environment

This film was made by Maui students ages 12-18 in our Huliau Environmental Filmmaking Club during the 2016-17 school year. This short film funded by the Maui County Office of Economic Development...

Sat, Nov 04 - 10:30AM  Dole Cannery D

ANIMATION CLASS
United States 2016 | 5 min.
Student Showcase | Animation

A lonely alien, a pair of stranded astronauts, a clumsy robot, and a grunt soldier egg are brought to life though the illusion of animation.

Sat, Nov 04 - 10:30AM  Dole Cannery D

ARCHIVES OF EXTINCTION
United States 2016 | 12 min.
Past Present Future Shorts | Documentary, Educational, Environment, Ethnographic

For centuries, scientists have transformed living birds into dried, stuffed, and otherwise preserved scientific specimens. Today, scientists contemplate transforming these lifeless specimens into...

Sun, Nov 05 - 3:00PM  Dole Cannery E

Sat, Nov 18 - 1:00PM  Hilo Palace Theater

Sun, Nov 19 - 12:15PM  Waimea Theater Kauai

ARTBLOCK
United States 2017 | 3 min.
ACM UHM & SFA Night | Animation

A film that shows the importance of preserving imagination when going into a creative field.

Thu, Nov 09 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery A

THE BALLAD OF LEFTY BROWN
United States 2017 | 111 min.
Gala Presentations | Drama, Self-discovery, Western

Lefty Brown (Bill Pullman) is a 63 year old sidekick. Loyal, crotchety and rarely taken seriously, he’s ridden with Western legend Eddie Johnson for his entire adult life. When Johnson is...

Sat, Nov 11 - 6:30PM  Dole Cannery C

Sun, Nov 12 - 4:30PM  Dole Cannery C

BLUES PLANET: TRIPTYCH
United States 2017 | 15 min.
Sound X Vision | Environmental, Music

The first screening of this film will be presented as a special screening event at the IBM Building Courtyard. Doors will open at 6PM, the film will begin at 7PM. This short film will play...

Thu, Nov 09 - 7:00PM  IBM Building Courtyard

Sun, Nov 12 - 5:15PM  Dole Cannery H

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
Brazil, France, Italy, United States 2017 | 132 min.
Gala Presentations | Coming of Age, Drama, LGBT, Romance

It's the summer of 1983, and precocious 17-year-old Elio Perlman is spending the days with his family at their 17th-century villa in Lombardy, Italy. He soon meets Oliver (Armie Hammer), a...

Thu, Nov 02 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery D

COKE HABIT
United States 2017 | 5 min.
Bad Habits Die Hard Shorts | Animation, Documentary, Food

The Summer after 10th grade Mike spent two solid weeks with horrible horrible migraines, dizziness, blind spots and tunnel vision—he didn’t know what it was… This is the story of...

Wed, Nov 08 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery E

COLUMBUS
United States 2017 | 104 min.
American Indies | Architecture, Drama, Self-discovery

When a renowned architecture scholar falls suddenly ill during a speaking tour, his son Jin (John Cho) finds himself stranded in Columbus, Ind., a small Midwestern city celebrated for its many...

Sat, Nov 11 - 5:45PM  Dole Cannery A

CORRIDOR FOUR
United States 2017 | 82 min.
Made in Hawaii | Documentary, Native/Indigenous Peoples, Social Issues

A nationally recognized K9 Unit Officer, Isaac Ho’opi’i is responsible for saving at least 18 people from the Pentagon during the 9/11 attacks. But, after the news cameras turned off,...

Wed, Nov 08 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery A

Sat, Nov 11 - 12:45PM  Dole Cannery C

DANCING SHANGHAI
China, United States 2017 | 16 min.
ACM UHM & SFA Night | Drama, Science Fiction

CATLORD The alien landed in the attic of the house by flying saucer and came out with Aliens use the multi species communication device to begin to understand the earth to the cat. The cat tells...

Thu, Nov 09 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery A

DOCUMENTING ACTIVISM: THE EARLY DAYS OF THE NATIVE HAWAIIAN MOVEMENT
United States 2017 | 90 min.
Made in Hawaii | Documentary, Educational, History, Native/Indigenous Peoples

ʻUluʻulu preserves our moving image history to honor the past, and ensure its availability for future generations. This year we honor those who courageously documented the early days of the Native...

Sun, Nov 05 - 4:00PM  Dole Cannery C

DOWNSIZING
United States 2017 | 135 min.
Gala Presentations | Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction

From director Alexander Payne (THE DESCENDENTS) comes on of the most outrageous comedies of the year. When scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall as a solution to...

Sat, Nov 11 - 8:15PM  Dole Cannery B

THE DRIVER IS RED
United States 2017 | 15 min.
Past Present Future Shorts | Animation, Crime, Documentary, History, Politics, Social Issues

Set in Argentina 1960, this true crime documentary follows secret agent Zvi Aharoni (Mark Pinter) as he searches for a mysterious man named Ricardo Klement. What he discovered in the remote outskirts...

Sun, Nov 05 - 3:00PM  Dole Cannery E

THE ENDLESS
United States 2017 | 111 min.
American Indies | Cult, Horror, Thriller

Following their acclaimed debut RESOLUTION and their follow-up, the Lovecraftian modern cult classic SPRING, writer/directors Moorhead and Benson star as brothers who receive a mysterious message...

Sun, Nov 05 - 8:30PM  Dole Cannery E

Sun, Nov 12 - 7:15PM  Dole Cannery E

THE FINAL YEAR
United States 2017 | 89 min.
Gala Presentations | Documentary, Politics, Social Issues

Directed by HIFF Award-Winning filmmaker Greg Barker (KORAN BY HEART, WE ARE THE GIANT), THE FINAL YEAR is a unique insider’s account of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy team...

Sat, Nov 11 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery D

Sun, Nov 12 - 2:30PM  Dole Cannery E

FLIP THE RECORD
Philippines, United States 2017 | 15 min.
Adulting Shorts | Coming of Age, Music

A little-known but lasting explosion of hip-hop culture grew out of the Filipino-American community of 1980s San Francisco. This film takes us into the beat of an aspiring mobile DJ crew in '84....

Fri, Nov 10 - 7:30PM  Dole Cannery E

GAME
United States 2016 | 15 min.
Alphabet Soup Shorts | Drama, LGBT, Social Issues

AJ Green, a new kid in town, shows up at the high school boys basketball tryouts and instantly makes an impression. Coach takes notice, and so do the other players, some of whom feel threatened by...

Sat, Nov 04 - 8:30PM  Dole Cannery D

GEMINI
United States 2017 | 93 min.
American Indies | Crime, LGBT, Mystery, Thriller

A heinous crime tests the complex relationship between a tenacious personal assistant and her Hollywood starlet boss. As the assistant unravels the mystery, she must confront her own understanding of...

Sat, Nov 11 - 9:00PM  Dole Cannery C

GO FOR BROKE: AN ORIGIN STORY
United States 2017 | 90 min.
Closing Night Film | Drama, History, War

Set in the tumultuous year after the attack on Pearl Harbor, this true story follows a group of University of Hawaii ROTC students as they fight discrimination by forming the Varsity Victory...

Sun, Nov 12 - 7:30PM  Hawaii Theatre

Sun, Nov 12 - 8:00PM  Dole Cannery B

Thu, Nov 16 - 7:00PM  Waimea Theater Kauai

Sun, Nov 19 - 7:15PM  Hilo Palace Theater

HEADHUNT REVISITED: WITH BRUSH, CANVAS, AND CAMERA
United States 2017 | 76 min.
Pacific Showcase | Adventure, Documentary, History

The documentary, HEADHUNT REVISITED, follows Caroline Mytinger’s unprecedented journey in 1926 to the 'Land of Headhunters' in the South Pacific to paint the rich cultural diversity of...

Tue, Nov 07 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery D

HEAVEN’S TEARS
United States 2017 | 2 min.
Student Showcase | Culture, Educational, Magical Realism

Join Wai, (a water droplet) on this timeless odyssey of the water cycle as you are taken through Hawai'i, past the farming fields of lo'i kalo to the moist clouds of the sky. Witness this...

Sat, Nov 04 - 10:30AM  Dole Cannery D

HOMETOWN HEROES: THE STATE OF 808 INDIE FILMMAKING
United States 2017 | 90 min.
Made in Hawaii | Educational

In this now annual "State of the State of Hawaii Indie Filmmaking" check-in, we speak to locally based filmmakers who are participating in this year's Festival. Along with the...

Sat, Nov 04 - 3:00PM  Dole Cannery C

I AM BECAUSE YOU ARE
United States 2017 | 20 min.
Made in Hawaii | Coming of Age, Drama, Senior/Aging

This short film will play before the encore screening of KULEANA, on Sunday November 5th. When Kaiea, a twelve-year-old on Maui, learns his grandfather is suffering from Alzheimer’s,...

Sun, Nov 05 - 2:45PM  Dole Cannery B

Sat, Nov 18 - 1:00PM  Hilo Palace Theater

Sun, Nov 19 - 12:15PM  Waimea Theater Kauai

I AM EVIDENCE
United States 2017 | 85 min.
Documentaries | Crime, Documentary, Social Issues

I AM EVIDENCE exposes the shocking number of untested rape kits in the US today. Behind each of these lies an individual’s unresolved sexual assault case. Produced by Mariska Hargitay, I AM...

Mon, Nov 06 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery H

Tue, Nov 07 - 3:00PM  Dole Cannery H

I CALLED HIM MORGAN
United States 2016 | 92 min.
Sound X Vision | Biography, Documentary, Music

Hailed as the most talented trumpeter of his generation, Lee Morgan was playing with Art Blakey and Dizzy Gillespie in his teens. Sadly, Morgan's life was cut short in 1972 when his wife Helen...

Sun, Nov 05 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery C

I CAN I WILL I DID
United States 2017 | 110 min.
American Indies | Coming of Age, Drama, Family Friendly

Ben (Tony Award winner, Mike Faist) grew up bullied and alone in the foster system. When the bullying escalates and results in a harrowing accident, Ben’s mind and body is all but crushed. In...

Sat, Nov 04 - 12:45PM  Dole Cannery A

Sat, Nov 18 - 3:30PM  Hilo Palace Theater

Sun, Nov 19 - 2:45PM  Waimea Theater Kauai

I, TONYA
United States 2017 | 119 min.
Gala Presentations | Biography, Black Comedy, Drama, Sport

Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises among the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the sport is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes. Margot Robbie is...

Sun, Nov 05 - 7:30PM  Dole Cannery H

ISLAND SOLDIER
United States 2017 | 85 min.
Pacific Showcase | Biography, Documentary, Native/Indigenous Peoples

ISLAND SOLDIER is the untold story of Micronesian citizens fighting America’s wars at staggeringly high rates per capita. Told through the intimate personal odyssey of the Nenas, a family...

Fri, Nov 03 - 8:15PM  Dole Cannery D

Sun, Nov 05 - 1:45PM  Dole Cannery C

JUVENTUD
United States 2017 | 12 min.
Past Present Future Shorts | Action, Fantasy, Period/Historical

On the last leg of his journey, a Spanish conquistador inches closer to his mythical destination within the South American jungle.

Sun, Nov 05 - 3:00PM  Dole Cannery E

Sat, Nov 18 - 1:00PM  Hilo Palace Theater

Sun, Nov 19 - 12:15PM  Waimea Theater Kauai

KA PIKO
United States 2017 | 14 min.
Pacific Showcase Shorts | Drama, Native/Indigenous Peoples

When his girlfriend dies during childbirth, Makana, a young Native Hawaiian man who struggles to relate to his cultural identity, must perform a piko burying ritual with his girlfriend's father.

Fri, Nov 10 - 8:15PM  Dole Cannery D

Sat, Nov 11 - 12:30PM  Dole Cannery D

Sat, Nov 18 - 1:00PM  Hilo Palace Theater

Sun, Nov 19 - 12:15PM  Waimea Theater Kauai

KEEP TALKING
United States 2017 | 79 min.
Film For Thought | Documentary, Native/Indigenous Peoples, Social Issues

KEEP TALKING follows four Alaska Native’s fighting to save Kodiak Alutiiq, an endangered language spoken by less than 40 remaining Native Elders. Their small community travels to remote Afognak...

Mon, Nov 06 - 8:00PM  Dole Cannery D

Fri, Nov 10 - 4:45PM  Dole Cannery H

KEEP YOU FLOAT
United States 2016 | 15 min.
Adulting Shorts | Coming of Age, Drama

In the heart of the Pacific, five friends are tasked with a substantial decision, which forces them to examine their relationships amongst each other. On the island of O'ahu, Nainoa struggles to...

Fri, Nov 10 - 7:30PM  Dole Cannery E

Sat, Nov 18 - 1:00PM  Hilo Palace Theater

Sun, Nov 19 - 12:15PM  Waimea Theater Kauai

68 films/events
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