With excitement in the air, the official 35th Hawaii International Film Festival came into commencement on Thursday, November 12th. Once again, the Hawaii International Film Festival was presented by the Halekulani Hotel.
The Opening Ceremony was marked by a commencement speech given by HIFF executive director Robert Lambeth on the third floor pavilion of Waikiki Hanekulani hotel. Directors, HIFF staff, honored guests, press and public all gathered together to celebrate HIFF’s success thus far and discussed some of the highlights of this year’s
festival and HIFF’s creative lab programs.
Originating from an educational research program at Oahu’s University of Hawaii Manoa, HIFF has grown over the last 35 years into a premier cinematic festival for the Asia Pacific region, supporting emerging talent and growth in the film industry across the world. The Hawaii International Film festival annually attracts over 70,000 people and is now certified as the sister festival of SIFF (Shanghai International Film Festival).
This year, HIFF opening night was graced with South Korean film, The Throne by Le Joon-ick. Along side the local and international films, HIFF’s centerpiece film this year will be Cannes winner Carol, directed by Todd Haynes and written by Phyllis Nagy.
In total, there will be over 181 films, including 17 from the US, 14 international, and 32 world premiers from 41 countries. Throughout the festival, there will be several events to honor stars and directors from all around the world. This includes Korean actor Ha Jung woo, who is being awarded the 2015 HIFF Renaissance Award, as well as Japan stars Ryoko Hirosue and Tadanobu Asano, whom are the Career Achievement Award Winner and Maverick Award recipient respectively.
In addition to the films and award ceremonies, HIFF is once again sponsoring their Creative Lab workshops. This year, HIFF Creative Lab is presenting three different workshops: HIFF Doc Lab, Ebert Young Writers Program for the Arts, and the Asian Pacific Entertainment Finance Forum. All three workshops give emerging writers, filmmakers, and critiques and opportunity to learn about the new changing market of film creation and production, from renowned professionals in the industry.
The Fall 2015 Hawaii International Film Festival will be running from November 12th to 22nd in select theaters on Oahu and neighbor islands.