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The Sapphires to Open 2012 Hawaii International Film Festival

Held annually since 1981, the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) continues to be a premier international film event that draws nearly 80,000 residents and visitors from Asia and the Pacific. This year, the HTA-supported event will be screening 219 films from 43 countries from Oct. 11-21 at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium Theatres and Hawaii Theatre.

Opening night’s feature film will be The Sapphires, directed by Australian Wayne Blair, which premiered to rave reviews at the Cannes Film Festival. The Sapphires will kick off HIFF on Oct. 11 at Regal Dole at 8 p.m.

 “What makes HIFF such an exceptional event is how it exemplifies Hawaii through cinema and the arts, showcasing films that represent our people, place and culture,” said Mike Story Tourism Brand Manager of the HTA. “We are proud to partner with HIFF and other festivals which provide unique experiences in the Hawaiian Islands and helps to draw visitors to our state.”

The films screened at HIFF are reflective of Hawaii’s diverse culture, and aim to draw attention to films from the Asia-Pacific that are culturally accurate, making it one of the premiere cinematic events in the Pacific. 

For more information on the films feature, dates and times, click here.


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