Hawaii Int'l Film Festival
The Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) started as a project of the East-West Center, an educational and research institution created by U.S. Congress and located on the University of Hawaii Manoa campus in Honolulu.
In 1981, the first HIFF screened seven films from six countries to an audience of 5,000. Today, HIFF is a state-wide event and the only one of its kind in the U.S. with offices on Bishop Street in downtown Honolulu. It has more than one dozen screening sites on six Hawaiian Islands and draws an audience of 65,000 or more from around the state, the nation and throughout the world.
HIFF is unique in discovering features and documentaries from Asia made by Asians, films about the Pacific made by Pacific Islanders, and films made by Hawaii filmmakers that present Hawai`i in a culturally accurate way.
Each year in preparation for the event, HIFF programmers view some 1,000 films and choose an average of 150 features, documentaries and film shorts. Among them are world premieres, North American premieres, U.S. premieres, experimental films, films representing social and ethnic issues, and first features by new directors.
HIFF also conducts seminars, workshops, special award presentations receptions with top Asian, Pacific and North American filmmakers participating.
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