to the Big Island Film Festival
Big Island Film Festival at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i
brings filmmakers and film lovers together for new narrative movies,
networking and fun in one of Hawaii’s most luxurious resort
by Catherine Tarleton
Weekend Tradition! Big
Island Film Festival dates surround Memorial Day Weekend: Thursday,
May 21 through Monday, May 25, 2015
In addition to features
and shorts from Hawaii and around the world, BIFF presents many
opportunities to interact with fellow filmmakers and film lovers.
Fine tune your craft
in professional workshops, talk story with celebrity guests at
receptions and salutes, cheer the winners at Awards Brunch and
enjoy closing night “Best of the Fest” with a fabulous
Hawaiian music concert, plus the Audience Choice Feature and Short
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!
“20 Film Festivals
Worth the Entry Fee"
“25 Coolest Film
“Cool Fests 2011:
Counting Down 20 Can't-Miss Festivals.”
In 2012, the Hollywood
Foreign Press surprised BIFF with a Film Festival Award.
Now in our 10th year,
we’re proud that BIFF, the “talk story” film
festival, has grown 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 21
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 25, 2015. We’re excited to present
Roughriders 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 25th
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 14, 2015).
duty military personnel with ID
will be admitted to all films FREE of charge.
by Kathleen Honey
elegant indoor-outdoor receptions for celebrity honorees, Saturday
and Sunday evenings 5-7 p.m. at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i.
Join fellow filmmakers
and fans and cheer the winners at Golden Honu Awards Brunch,
Monday, May 25, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i.
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.)
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.
See Special Events page for details.
“TASTE OF THE MOVIES”
Friday, May 22, 2015 5-7 p.m. at The Shops at Mauna Lani
10th Anniversary Celebration! 10 Chefs – 10 Years. We’ve
invited ten of the island’s very best chefs to share their
specialties inspired by the movies – a tasty feast from
favorite foodie films capped off with “Chocolat.”
this event is a benefit for future BIFF programming. $75 admission
includes food tastings, beverages, and a ticket to the Friday
5/22 double feature at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii – Free
Parking. Reservations required - Phone Reservations Only. Call
883-0394. Deadline May 18 or when sold out.
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: ROUGHRIDERS Concert + Audience
Choice feature & short
Gen Adm $45, Kama’aina $35, Keiki (7-12) $10, $5 MORE at the
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:
Three workshops will be presented in 2015. Friday, morning by Steve
Edmiston. Saturday morning by Jennifer Grisanti. Sunday morning
by Brian Kohne. Details will be posted here.
ticket sales and phone orders will be available starting April
1, 2015 to PRINT TICKETS AT HOME. There is a $1 convenience fee
Tired of sorting tickets? PASSES AVAILABLE
$425. 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.
Pass: $225. 5/21– 5/25
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:
BIFF hotel room rate $189+ resort fee + tax, May 19 – 27,
2015 at The
Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i
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 space availability.
reservations at the hotel directly and ask for the Big island
Film Festival rate. Rates are in effect (space available) May
19 – 27, 2015
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.
Book with Hawaiian Airlines and receive a 5% discount for mainland
here for more information. Login code: BIFF 2015
Airlines is pleased to provide discounted travel to the Big Island
Film Festival on Hawai`i Island! Fly Alaska Airlines to Kona and
save 5% on flights from any Alaska Airlines city (excluding Mexico
and Prudhoe Bay, Alaska). Simply click
here and travel between May 15-28, 2015. Book by May 28, 2015.
The discount is automatically applied. Or enter ECMW282 in the
discount code box at alaskaair.com. Restrictions apply. See site
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