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The Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani is proudly celebrating its 37th Anniversary as the leading film festival supporting film and filmmakers from Asia, the Pacific, and North America. As the vanguard forum of international cinematic achievement in the Asia-Pacific region, HIFF acts as a creative pipeline to the Pacific, showcasing new and emerging talent from Asia and the Pacific Islands, promoting career development and original collaborations through education and media literacy programs, and facilitating dynamic cultural exchange through cinema. Our Awards Gala is our annual event that celebrates the achievements of legendary and breakthrough directors, producers, writers, and actors.
On behalf of the HIFF Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers, it is an honor to present our annual Awards Gala on Friday, November 10th, 2017. Hosted in the luxurious Halekulani Ballroom, guests are wined and dined with a five-course meal from award-winning chefs, live entertainment, and special gifts.
The event will showcase stars from Asia, America, and the Pacific that have reached enormous success in their careers. Awards will also highlight emerging talent and provide a stronger platform for the incredible stories and breakout talents from the Hawaii and Pacific film communities. HIFF is proud to use our established international legacy to shine light on local, Pacific Rim talent, and further engage our growing audience with the most innovative creatives of our time.
Your attendance at the Awards Gala supports the fundamental mission of HIFF, a 501(c)3 charitable cultural organization. All net proceeds from your tax deductible contributions support our mission. In addition to a fun, star-studded event, your attendance helps to provide access to acclaimed international films, deepen our service to the industry, host free public seminars, and grow our education programs to better serve and cultivate the burgeoning industry in the Pacific - highlighting media literacy, authentic representation, new technologies, and quality storytelling.
I invite you to walk down the red carpet and join us for a luxurious and glamorous evening of celebrating HIFF’s 37-year legacy support for film and filmmakers.
-Beckie Stocchetti, Executive Director