HIFF celebrates 100 years of movies in Hawaii

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As it enters its 33rd year, the Hawaii International Film Festival takes time this year to look back and celebrate 100 years of movies being filmed in Hawaii.

“The first two films that were made in 1913 were Hawaiian Love and Shark God by a company that ended up becoming Universal Pictures,” Hawaii film commissioner Donne Dawson said. “It’s interesting to think back how far we’ve come. Our Queen Liliuokalani was still alive at the time that these first films were made.

More than 209 movies will be shown in just 10 days and several films are global premieres.

But keeping with the festival’s theme, movies will also be shown on the neighbor islands and in more theaters on Oahu such as Koko Marina and the Doris Duke Theater.

“We’re gonna be on Kauai and the Big Island as well, in Hilo. So we’re very excited to be doing that,” HIFF Director Chuck Boller said.

But the festival this year is not just about showing great movies. Creative labs and artist workshops will be held through festival to help local artists connect with the world.

“This program compliments the business side, putting them directly in touch with business people, entrepreneurs in music, film, digital media, broadband, and acting,” said Georja Skinner, Business & Industry Development Administrator for the Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.

HIFF starts on Oct. 10 and runs through Oct. 20. Tickets are going fast.

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