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March 25 - 28

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(In-person only)

Limited capacity, socially distanced in-person screenings

View our COVID-19 safety protocols here.

Thursday 3/25| 7:00 - 9:00 pm

No Nā Kanaka

Our opening night block begins with a filmed hula performance by Na Halau Ha'a o Kea, a filmed musical performance by Kainani Kahaunaele with Emma Coloma-Nakano, and concludes with a selection of shorts exploring the experiences of the people of Hawai'i.

Still from Down on the Sidewalk in Waikīkī
This project is sponsored by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, working to improve the lives of Native Hawaiians.
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Industry pros chat about respecting Hawaiian culture while shooting, and explore best practices for the influx of productions coming into the state in response to our low COVID-19 case count.

Friday 3/26

3:00 - 4:00 pm

Virtual only

Friday 3/26 | 6:00 - 7:45 pm

Dramatic Shorts

A selection of eight dramatic short films.

Still from Molokai Bound

Friday 3/26 | 8:15 - 10:15 pm


horror, action, sci-fi

This "late night" block features nine horror, action and sci-fi films.

Still from Hōkio

Sat 3/27 | 12:00 - 1:30 pm


Six short narrative films from first-time filmmakers.

Still from Brown Bodies in a Far Sea

Sat 3/27 | 2:00 - 3:30 pm


A block of six short documentary films exploring the island we call home and her many inhabitants.

Still from Paradise Under Siege

Sat 3/27 | 4:00 - 5:30


A selection of music videos and comedy short films.

Still from Three Reasons to Kiss

Sat 3/27 | 7:00 - 8:30 pm

An extension of the hit web series by the same name, this feature-length comedy directed by Jeff Orig follows Officer Ha Ming’s inadvertent rise in the ranks from lowly dispatcher to “real” cop in Hawaii’s worst police department. 


Sun 3/28 | 12:00 - 2:00 pm


Seven documentaries that showcase unique, intimate portraitures of their subjects.

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Still from Rubyanna Mahina
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The directors behind MIHFF's three 2021 feature-length films share insight about how their films were made and explore their creative process with Barry Wurst II, founder of the Hawai'i Film Critics Society.

Sunday 3/28

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Virtual only

Sun 3/28 | 2:30 - 4:30

Episodic / Series

From mockumentary-style jungle explorations to wacky adventures in cannabis cooking, this block features six fun, fresh episodic episodes from some of Hawai'i's best content creators.

Still from Like Maddah

Sun 3/28 | 5:00 - 6:30pm

Directed by Lisette Flanary, Tokyo Hula explores the explosive popularity of the hula dance in Japan from both Native Hawaiian and Japanese perspectives.

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Sun 3/28 | 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Our closing night film directed by Sarah J Christman follows ten year old Manu and her mother as they catch swarms of wild honeybees in order to breed disease resistant colonies while her father takes part in the native Hawaiian movement to protect the sacred Mauna Kea mountain from the construction of a massive telescope.

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