The 37th Annual Hawaii International Film Festival is here and it is taking the islands of Oahu, Big Island, and Kauai by storm. Presented by the Halekulani, this year’s festival will be going on through November 2 – 12 (Oahu) and November 16 – 19 (Big Island and Kauai). During this year’s festival, there will be more than 100 films screened from 45 different countries. “The films will be shown at multiple locations, including the Hawaii theatre and the Dole Cannery Stadium.” Said Anderson Le, one of the Programming Co-Directors at the Halekulani during this year’s Press Conference.
This year HIFF is announced that it would be focusing more on locally produced films and the major comeback of anime films. Which both happen to be the opening and closing films for this year’s festival, (opening) a Japanese anime fantasy film: “Mary and the Witch’s Flower” directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Go for Broke: An Origin Story directed by Alexander Bocchieri (closing).
During the press conference, Executive Director, Beckie Stocchetti also mentioned that they will be presenting the HIFF37 Honorees, who will be fêted at the HIFF Awards Gala on Friday, November 10 at the Halekulani. The Honorees consist of Bill Pullman (Lifetime Achievement Award), Masato Harada (Career Achievement Award), Simon Baker (Maverick Award), Taika Waititi (Trailblazer Award). These men are known and recognized for various contribution in the film industry, from acting, directing, and producing.
I had the pleasure of meeting some of the behind-the-scenes personal during the press conference, including Patricia Tam, the Chief Executive Advisor of the Halekulani. Overall, the opening press conference was a success and I look forward to seeing some the featured films mentioned this year during HIFF.
“The mission of HIFF37 presented by Halekulani is to entertain, enlighten and inspire.”
(Film schedule) https://www.hiff.org/films-schedule
Video for Opening Press Conference https://youtu.be/rgF1nuE-hBM