Hawaii International Film Festival General Info, Trailer and “One Night”

Media Release:

The 29th annual Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) is set to be a whirlwind this year with the premiere of Barbarian Princess, a celebration of the hit ABC TV series LOST, and the screenings of films by master filmmakers John Woo and Tian Zhuangzhuang.

Among the 170 films presented this year are 14 world premieres, 14 North American premieres, 8 international premieres, and 26 U.S. premieres. The broad range of films cover timely subject matter that involve us in a local, national and international level, ranging from global warming and sustainability (Green Screen), the state of the local film industry (Made In Hawaii), Mad Men fever with the history of advertising and design (Art + Design), political and social issues, and the examination of the human spirit (Reel Life).

In addition, there are new spotlights on the Philippines and Okinawan cinema, free screenings of newly re-mastered Japanese classics as a Tribute to Madame Kawakita, and an amalgam of Extreme Asia and Midnight Dark programs into the newly christened After Dark. A new competition will be launched this year, the Puma Emerging Filmmaker Award – nominated films in this new competition are from emerging talents from around the world.

Perennial sections like the Halekulani Golden Orchid Awards for Best Feature and Documentary, Gala Presentations, unveiling high profile films gunning for the awards season, Spotlight On Japan, New Chinese Cinema, Spotlight On Korea and a celebration of American immigrant filmmakers with the American Immigrant Filmmakers On Profile section are also featured.

The festival also goes beyond the theater with the Video-on-Demand Viewer’s Choice Award powered by Oceanic Time Warner Cable and presented by Central Pacific Bank, where Hawaii-made short films can be viewed for free on Oceanic Time Warner Cable Ch. 680 (NGN-on-Demand).

The entire film program and schedule is now available online at www.hiff.org. Tickets go on sale to HIFF Ohana members Thursday, October 1st and to the public on Monday, October 5th.

What: 29th Annual Hawaii International Film Festival
When: October 15-25
Where: Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 Cinemas, Hawaii Theater, Sunset on the Beach, Royal
Hawaiian Theater
Ticket Prices:
– $10 general public
– $9 Seniors, military, students, children
– $8 HIFF Ohana members (HIFF’s film club)

Ticket Purchases:
– In person – HIFF box office (650 Iwilei Road #101 across from Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 Cinemas)
– Phone: (808) 548-5905
– Discount Group Rates (for 10 or more) – (808) 548-5905
– Tickets go on sale to HIFF Ohana members October 1 and to the public October 5

Festival Information

Established in 1981, the Hawaii International Film Festival is dedicated to the advancement of understanding and cultural exchange among the peoples of Asia, the Pacific and North America through the medium of film. HIFF is the premier international film event in the Pacific and has won the praise of governments, filmmakers, scholars, educators, programmers and film industry leaders throughout the world. For the discovery and exhibition of Asian and Pacific features, documentaries and short films in the nation, it is a primary source. The festival has premiered such movies as Once Were Warriors, The Piano, Shine, Shall We Dance, Y Tu Mama Tambien and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Plus, Departures, a Japanese film, had its U.S. premiere at HIFF in 2008, won the HIFF Audience Award and then went on to win the 2009 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

HIFF’s major sponsors include: Regal Entertainment Group, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Hawaii, Halekulani, Hawaii Tourism Authority and The VILCEK Foundation.

The 2009 Hawaii International Film Festival will be held October 15-25 at the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 Cinemas. For more information please visit our website at www.hiff.org.

ONE NIGHT, a Napkin Notes production, is selected as the winner of the Showdown in Chinatown for the month of September 2009. The entry will be screening on Oct. 23rd 2009 for a HIFF 2009 event! Congratulations MISA!!!


Mayor Kenoi to Veto Tent Bill Tomorrow… Councilwoman Naeole’s Pre-Response

I received the following email from Councilwoman Naeole this afternoon and I’m just passing it along:


September 27, 2009

Aloha Damon

Monday morning the Mayor is going to veto Bill 103, the tent ordinance.  I will not be available tomorrow so I thought I would give you a heads up in advance.

This is my statement in response to the Mayor’s Veto:

From the very beginning, I wanted Bill 103, the tent ordinance, to be island wide. In the spirit of compromise with fellow council members, Brenda Ford and Dominic Yagong, who had objections about this ordinance being in their district and for fear of, according to Yagong, ‘tent cities springing up in my district’ I agreed to make Bill 103 district specific.  It is this very compromise that our Mayor takes issue with and I respect the Mayor for that thought because my intention from the very beginning was to write an amendment to the building code not just for Puna but for everyone on the island who is serious about building their dwelling.

The Mayor has made it very clear that he considers this island as one and to sign this bill would be to set precedence that could give an opening for the County Council to design district specific legislation to suit their specific needs.  The Mayor indicated to me that he is in agreement with the intention of Bill 103 in that it solves a challenge to home building and ownership and yet he must veto it anyway because it is not for the whole island.

Will there be another attempt to bring the matter before the people?  As for the future, will I try again?  It is too soon to say.

I would like to thank those who worked with my office on this issue and you know who you are.

Our island community is a unique place.  As for bill 103, it is an attempt on my part to put mercy compassion and understanding into a portion of our code.

Again, I want to thank my cousin, our Mayor, for watching over the interest of the entire island.

Damon I am in Honolulu all day Monday and will not be available for comment that is why I had my staff type this up and get it to you so you can have my thoughts on the matter.

Lau Lima,

Emily I. Naeole

Council Member 5th District