Hawaii Hawaii International Film Festival kicks off Oct. 30 By Shane Nelson / September 29, 2014 Share 1 -- The 34th annual Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) will be held Oct. 30 through Nov. 9 in Honolulu, showcasing films from 45 countries around the world. A continuing effort to boost cultural exchange across the Pacific Rim, the fall event has grown into one of the premier venues for Asian and Pacific filmmakers to debut projects before a largely American audience.Films such as “Bend It Like Beckham,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and “Brokeback Mountain” have premiered at the festival in the past, which has drawn big Hollywood talents like directors Quentin Tarantino and Michael Moore and actors Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Dreyfuss.This year officials are speaking highly of “Visions in the Dark: The Life of Pinky Thompson,” a documentary detailing the life of a highly influential Hawaiian activist directed by the Sundance Film Festival alum Ty Sanga. “Ty has directed a compelling, well-researched documentary that celebrates the life of a great cultural icon that helped shape Hawaii in the 20th century,” said Robert Lambeth, HIFF executive director. “We are honored to host the world premiere at the historic Hawaii Theatre Center.” HIFF is an annual visitor draw on Oahu, and this year the major sponsor Halekulani, along with the Waikiki Parc Hotel, Starwood’s four Waikiki properties, and the Hotel Renew by Aston, have special film festival packages and rates. Visit www.hiff.org/travel-hotels for details. Routinely attracting more than 70,000 residents and visitors, the festival also features workshops, panel discussions and presentations along with free movie screenings across several Honolulu venues. For a complete schedule of events, film descriptions, screening times and pricing visit www.hiff.org.