The 8th Annual Big Island Film Festival brings Filmmakers and Film
Lovers together every May at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i
and The Shops at Mauna Lani – on the beautiful Kohala coast
of Hawai’i, the Big Island.
by Catherine Tarleton
Weekend Tradition! Big
Island Film Festival dates surround Memorial Day Weekend: Thursday,
May 23 through Monday, May 27, 2013.
Our celebration of
narrative filmmaking includes features and shorts from Hawaii
and around the world, a Filmmaker Workshop, celebrity Receptions
& Salutes, 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, to celebrate the music
of Hawaii, and help “give back” with a charity fundraiser
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.”
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 23
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
theatre at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i. Daytime Films are
presented Friday through Sunday, in two-hour blocks of narrative
features and/or shorts. Self-parking tickets will be validated to
allow free parking.
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 27, 2013. We’re excited to present
Hawaiian music by HAPA 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 site. (Items may be donated to the silent auction by
calling the Big Island Film Festival office at 808 883-0394 prior
to May 20, 2013). A donation from each Best of the Fest ticket sold
will also be contributed to Hawai’i Island Food Basket.
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: Meet the Stars, 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.
Schedule for award
recognition: Celebrity Receptions will be held on Saturday &
Sunday evenings at 4:30 p.m. See Special
Events page for for details.
Films: $8 per 2 hour block; $6 Kama’aina
Family Films: Free - 2 hours
Festival Films: $16 per 4 hours double feature
& shorts; $11 Kama’aina
Additional $10 upgrade to Ali’i Seating (lounge chairs) –
if space available.
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 in the lobby. Kama’aina prices are available
for Daytime films, evening Festival Films & Best of the Fest.
TicketDerby Phone orders may be emailed to you or will be on a pre-paid
list at the door.
only: Saturday, Filmmaker Workshops:
Two workshops will be presented by screenwriter Ron Osborn. Details
will be posted on this website workshop page. $50 each.
ticket sales and phone orders will be available starting April
1, 2013 to PRINT TICKETS AT HOME. There is a $1 convenience fee
Tired of sorting tickets? PASSES AVAILABLE
Includes all films with upgraded Festival Films seating and special
events PLUS pre-festival Mayor’s Welcome Reception for filmmakers,
sponsors, & media. Filmmaker Workshops are excluded.
Reception Pass: $200. Includes all 4 receptions. Amazing
food & beverages while visiting with filmmakers and celebrity
guests. (Thurs – Sun)Two Award receptions include an additional
hour of Q&A with presentation of awards to VIP Honorees.
Talk Story Film
Pass: $100. Includes all movies day & night and Best
of the Fest Concert & Audience Choice films. ($155 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:
at The Fairmont
Orchid, Hawai'i will be available to BIFF Patrons as a BIFF
Package: $249 per night including breakfast for two, parking, and
two tickets to the evening films - a really great deal. 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 23-27, 2013. Film tickets
only in effect May 24 through May 26, 2013.
reservation number is: Fairmont Orchid: 800-845-9905
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:
Name: Big Island Film Festival
Fare Code: ECMU508
City(s): Any US or Canadian AS/QX city. Not Valid for; Mexico
or Prudhoe Bay, Alaska
City: Kona, Hawaii
Travel Date: May 18, 2013
Travel Date: May 31, 2013
To use your
Discount Code go online to http://www.alaskaair.com/alaskaair.com
and input the Discount Code when searching for flights. The discount
will be applied to any flights meeting the contract parameters.
By clicking the ??? next to the discount code box after entering
the code you may view a detailed description of the rules. San Francisco
Bay Area & Seattle, WA have direct flights into Kona (KOA).
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.