April is here, which means it’s that time again … HIFF is back.
HIFF, short for Hawaii International Film Festival, showcases films from around the world twice a year here in the islands. April marks the 2011 Spring Showcase, hosted at the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium. The film festival runs for a week (April 1-7) and boasts a wide range of foreign films from Australia to Turkey. And due to the high residency of Asian Americans here in Hawaii, there is usually a higher demand for films from Asia. There is a total of 29 films being showcased for the spring festival, and 16 of those films are from Asian countries (Korea, China, Japan,Thailand and India).
The HIFF board members go through hundreds of films to pick out the best of the best, the creme de la creme, for audiences to enjoy. The organization directly accepts entries for the film festivals, and gives the community an opportunity to be involved with what films are to be shown in the film festivals. For last year’s fall film festival, several Hawaii-made independent films were chosen and the audiences were able to meet and greet the filmmakers of the films.
Here is a link to the complete list of films being showcased this year (click here) at the 2011 Spring HIFF. I went to the 2010 Fall HIFF (which is usually of a much larger scale than the spring film festival) and I was blown away by the support from the Asian American community that the foreign films were receiving. I’ll definitely be dropping by the festival to watch a couple of films this week! Some that look promising:
7 Murders Forgiven (India):
Cyrano Agency (South Korea):
The Stool Pigeon (Hong Kong):
Haru’s Journey (Japan):