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One of the premier modern cultural events in the 50th state is the Hawaiian International Film Festival (Nov. 2-12, 2018, on O‘ahu, Nov. 16-19, 2018, on Kaua‘i and Big Island). This island-wide event is a showcase of the most cutting-edge new films and cinematic works of the Pacific Rim. More than 160 films from more than 45 countries will be screened, including festival favorites from other prestigious film festivals like Sundance, Cannes, and Toronto. Presented by the Halekulani, the 37th annual HIFF is sure to entertain, enlighten, and inspire.

A Cultural Bridge

As the intersection of East and West, Hawai‘i is the ideal place to celebrate the confluence of cultures, and nothing captures it better than the Hawaii film of the Hawaii International Film Festival. This year the festival will feature new categories from around the Pacific including Asian cinema (“Fantastic Asia”), a new local filmmakers category (“Made in Hawai‘i”), and animated features from Japan(“Planet Anime”), plus the “Pacific Showcase” featuring cinema from Pacific Islander artists and Hawaii film. Other long-running categories include “Eat.Drink.Film” (culinary cinema), a European showcase, the popular Documentaries category, American Indies, and environmental films (“Green Screen”) including selections from the Banff Film Festival traveling collection.

This year’s premier film is Mary and the Witch’s Flower, a new animated masterpiece by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and his third feature film. For the full schedule, please check with the Hawaii International Film Festival website closer to the date of the festival.

Tickets for the Hawaii International Film Festival

Guests can purchase advance tickets online or at the HIFF box office on a per-film basis. Ticket holders should arrive at the theater 30 minutes prior to showtime to queue for seating. The online schedule and HIFF smartphone app make it easy to browse listings by category or search for a specific film. Individual tickets are $14 ($10 for HIFF members). If you miss out on advance tickets for your desired film, “Rush” tickets can become available on a first-come, first-serve basis if any seats are available 5-10 minutes prior to showtime (Rush tickets are $10, cash only, and are generally for open seats in the first two rows). Films are shown in their original languages, with English subtitles where applicable.

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