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Welcome 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.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

 

Waves at the Fairmont Orchid
Photo by Catherine Tarleton

A Memorial 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 Award.

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 Island.

THREE MOVIE VENUES

With three 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.

Grand 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 Us!

Daytime 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!

Family 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.

Festival 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.

Please 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.

“Best 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.

A silent 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).

Active duty military personnel with ID
will be admitted to all films FREE of charge.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Waves at the Fairmont Orchid
Photo by Kathleen Honey

Special 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.

Reservations are required for the following events: Taste of the Movies, 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.

Celebrity Receptions will be held on Saturday & Sunday evenings at 5:00 p.m. See Special Events page for for details.



 

 

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Daytime 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.

Pre-registration 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.

Online ticket sales and phone orders will be available starting April 1, 2014 to PRINT TICKETS AT HOME. There is a $1 convenience fee per ticket.

Tired of sorting tickets? PASSES AVAILABLE

Ali’i Pass: $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.

NEW 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)

WeekendTalk Story Film Pass: $75. Includes all movies Saturday mid-day through Monday’s Best of the Fest Concert & Audience Choice films. ($99 value)

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:

SPECIAL HOUSING RATES

Accommodations at The 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:

  • Unlimited 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)
  • Self-parking for one vehicle per room (Fairmont Gold guests receive valet parking for one vehicle per room)
  • Any local, domestic long distance and 1-800 access calls from your guest room
  • Nightly housekeeping turndown service with bottled water for each registered guest
  • 24-hour access to the fitness center
  • On-demand shuttle transportation within the Mauna Lani Resort
  • 10% 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)
  • One-hour snorkel equipment rental (based on two sets per room, per day)
  • Various Cultural Activities including Outrigger Canoe Rides, Daily Arts & Crafts, Cultural Hikes, Tide Pool and Snorkel Introductions
  • Cultural Activities, Shuttle Service and Snorkel Rentals are subject to space availability.

    Contact 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.
    Direct reservation number is: Fairmont Orchid: 800-845-9905


 

CAR RENTAL DISCOUNTS

Dollar 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.

 

AIRFARE DISCOUNTS

We continue 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:

  • Fare Code: ECMV377
  • Departure 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.
  • Beginning Travel Date: May 19, 2014
  • Last Travel Date:June 1, 2014
  • Blackout Dates: None
  • More information on Alaska Airlines Terms and Conditions can be found here.

To use your Discount Code click on Alaska Airlines logo Click here to Alaska Airlines website .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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NOTICE

This event is being photographed and/or video taped for non-commercial promotional purposes
Your presence constitutes consent that your image may be used, without compensation or legal recourse.
No images will be used in any form to promote third party commercial enterprises. Mahalo.

 



Wounded Warior Project
Silent Auction to benefit
theTripler Fisher House -
Monday, May 26, 2014

 

 

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