to the Big Island Film Festival
Big Island Film Festival brings Filmmakers and Film Lovers together
every May at The Mauna Lani Resort. We are hosted by The Fairmont
Orchid, Hawai’i with one venue at The Shops at Mauna Lani,
and supported by a growing list of participating sponsors. There
is always something different to experience with exciting brand
new films each year.
by Catherine Tarleton
Weekend Tradition! Big
Island Film Festival dates surround Memorial Day Weekend: Thursday,
May 22 through Monday, May 26, 2014.
Our celebration of
narrative filmmaking includes features and shorts from Hawaii
and around the world, Filmmaker Workshops, celebrity Receptions
& Salutes, a charity fundraiser, the Awards Brunch and more.
Closing night “Best of the Fest” is an opportunity
to show the Audience Choice Feature and Short films one more time,
and to celebrate the music of Hawai’i.
Only new narrative
films are eligible for Golden Honu Awards. We have opened
a few time slots for movies with distribution in order to bring
in established filmmakers and actors, whose insights can be valuable
for the independent filmmakers and everyone in attendance.
We are thrilled and
proud to be selected for MovieMaker Magazine’s acclaim,
from 2007 to 2011, including “20 Film Festivals Worth the
Entry Fee," “25 Coolest Film Festivals” and “Cool
Fests 2011: Counting Down 20 Can't-Miss Festivals.” In 2012,
the Hollywood Foreign Press surprised BIFF with a Film Festival
Movies, special events,
Hawaiian culture, Hawaiian music, wrapped in the Spirit of Aloha
makes our Talk Story film festival something which we’re
pleased to watch grow into a premiere event on our beautiful Hawai’i
different film venues, our “Talk Story” film festival
is a celebration for narrative filmmakers and their short and feature
films, for all ages. Parking is free for BIFF attendees, and the
tropical settings are unmatched.
Opening Thursday, May 22
happens at the Family Films venue, aka The Shops at Mauna Lani center
stage. We’ll kick off the festival with special guest introductions
and short films beginning at 7:30 p.m. Beach chairs are welcome.
This FREE event welcomes our guests to Hawai’i Island. Join
Films are shown indoors at the newly renovated and air-conditioned
Lehua Theatre at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i. Daytime Films
are presented Friday through Sunday, in two-hour blocks of narrative
features and/or shorts. Parking is Free!
Films (up to “PG”) and Festival Films
(up to “R”) are both set in outdoor locations to take
advantage of Hawaii’s beautiful starry skies. The Family Films
venue is located center stage at The Shops at Mauna Lani. Friday
through Sunday, one family feature and short film are presented
FREE, starting at 7:30 p.m., through the courtesy of The Shops at
Mauna Lani. Beach chairs are welcome. Some chairs available.
Films are presented at Plantation Estates (next to the
tennis pavilion) at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i. We show
nightly double features and shorts, no-host bar, gourmet pupus and
other refreshments, Friday through Sunday starting at 7:30 p.m.
Daily Social events and “The Best of the Fest” on Monday
afternoon and evening are also located at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i.
note: Plantation Estates is lawn seating, so bring
your beach chairs or blankets. Some chairs available for visitors
without beach chairs. You may bring your own snacks, but no outside
liquor or ice chests, please.
of the Fest” takes place at Plantation Estates, on
Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, 2014. We’re excited to present
Hawaiian music by Willie K in the late afternoon followed by the
Audience Choice feature and short at 7:30 p.m.
auction to benefit Fisher House at Tripler Army Medical Center will
be held on May 26th during the concert. (Items may be donated to
the silent auction by calling the Big Island Film Festival office
at 808 883-0394 prior to May 15, 2014).
duty military personnel with ID
will be admitted to all films FREE of charge.
by Kathleen Honey
opportunities to meet and greet our visiting filmmakers will
take place before and after the showing of their films and at
special events. Q & A as time permits.
required for the following events: Two VIP Celebrity Receptions
& Awards Brunch. Tickets are required for these events and
can be purchased online or from the Concierge Desk at The Fairmont
Orchid, Hawai’i. Concierge desk transactions must be made
by credit card.
will be held on Saturday & Sunday evenings at 5:00 p.m.
See Special Events page for
Films: $8 per 2 hour block; $6 Kama’aina
Family Films: Free - 2 hours
Festival Films: $16 per 4 hours double feature
& shorts; $12 Kama’aina
Additional $10 upgrade to Ali’i Seating (lounge chairs) –
if space available.
Best of the Fest: Willie K Concert + Audience Choice
feature & short
Gen Adm $35, Kama’aina $25, Keiki (7-12) $10
Movie tickets are always available for purchase
at the door. Note: Best of the Fest is $5 more at the door. Please
Pre-purchase tickets online
to avoid ticket lines. Only social event tickets & Best of the
Fest tickets are available at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i
Concierge desk next to the lobby. Kama’aina prices are available
for Daytime films, evening Festival Films & Best of the Fest.
TicketDerby is an online ticketing service where you print your
tickets at home. Phone orders may be emailed to you or will be on
a pre-paid list at the door.
only: Filmmaker Workshops:
Two workshops will be presented in 2014. Saturday morning by screenwriter
Ron Osborn. Sunday morning by Jennifer Grisanti. Details will be
posted here. $50 each.
ticket sales and phone orders will be available starting April
1, 2014 to PRINT TICKETS AT HOME. There is a $1 convenience fee
Tired of sorting tickets? PASSES AVAILABLE
$350. Includes all films with upgraded Festival Films seating and
social events PLUS pre-festival Mayor’s Welcome Reception
for filmmakers, sponsors, & media. Filmmaker Workshops are excluded.
Receptions Only Pass: $200. 5/22 – 5/26
Includes all food & beverage events, starting with
the Mayor’s Welcome Reception through the Awards Brunch.
Talk Story Film
Pass: $100. Includes all movies day & night and Best
of the Fest Concert & Audience Choice films. ($131 value)
Film Pass: $75. Includes all movies Saturday mid-day through
Monday’s Best of the Fest Concert & Audience Choice films.
Saturday or Sunday
Movie Pass: $30. Includes all movies on Saturday or Sunday.
Call BIFF office for
information on passes. To arrange for Special ADA accommodations
please call by May 18th. Contact Jan at 808 883-0394.
TRAVELING TO BIFF? See
some special discounts below:
Fairmont Orchid, Hawai'i will be available to BIFF Patrons as
a BIFF Package: $230 + $25 resort fee, plus tax, per night including
breakfast for two, parking, and two tickets to the evening films
- a really great deal. Resort fee includes the following:
basic internet access in your guest rooms and resort public areas,
wireless and wired. (Fairmont President’s Club Members receive
upgrade to premium speed internet access)
for one vehicle per room (Fairmont Gold guests receive valet parking
for one vehicle per room)
local, domestic long distance and 1-800 access calls from your
housekeeping turndown service with bottled water for each registered
access to the fitness center
shuttle transportation within the Mauna Lani Resort
discount on published pricing for the public Gathering of the
Kings luau when booked through the hotel’s Concierge (may
not be combined with any other discounts or special offers)
snorkel equipment rental (based on two sets per room, per day)
Cultural Activities including Outrigger Canoe Rides, Daily Arts
& Crafts, Cultural Hikes, Tide Pool and Snorkel Introductions
Activities, Shuttle Service and Snorkel Rentals are subject to
reservations at the hotel directly and ask for the Big island
Film Festival package rate; Kama'aina rate is also available on
room only. Rates are in effect (space available) for 3 days prior
to and following the film festival dates May 22-26, 2014. Film
tickets only in effect May 22-25, 2014.
reservation number is: Fairmont Orchid: 800-845-9905
Rent A Car is offering a special rate to Big Island Film
Festival patrons. Dollar Rent A Car special corporate discount code
(BR1796) for use by all participants who need to
rent a car on the Big Island. This cd# will extend a 5% discount
off our lowest discountable rates (all available car types) on www.dollar.com
In addition, use of this code will waive the additional driver fee
(retail $12.00/day + tax/fees) and also waive the young driver (21-24
years old) fee (retail $27.00/day + tax/fees).
To use this
code: go to www.dollar.com,
select the location and dates (this code can actually be used to
rent a car at any Dollar Hawaii location, except Lanai), then populate
the "Corporate" field with BR1796 and press "Get
Rates" Reserve as early as possible for maximum savings.
to explore all possible discounts to assist our filmmakers and
patrons with travel planning. Alaska Airlines
has joined our ohana of support with a 5% discount fare:
City(s): Discount valid between any Alaska Airlines/Horizon
Air US or Canadian city and Kona, Hawaii. Not valid for Prudhoe
Bay; Alaska or Mexico. Based on published fare routings and
some cities may not be available.
Travel Date: May 19, 2014
Travel Date:June 1, 2014
information on Alaska Airlines Terms and Conditions can be found
your Discount Code click on Alaska Airlines logo
.The discount will be applied to any flights meeting the contract
parameters. San Francisco Bay Area & Seattle, WA have direct
flights into Kona (KOA).
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