Brand new films, completed since January 2014. Following the Hawaiian
tradition of storytelling, this “Talk Story” film festival
screens narrative feature and short films from Hawai‘i and around
the world. The something “special” is found in the story
and compelling characters created by independent filmmakers.
is BIFF? May 21 through 25, 2015 are the dates for the 9th
Big Island Film Festival. Start a New Memorial Weekend Tradition with
our new dates falling annually Thursday through Memorial Day.
is BIFF? Hawai‘i Island (we call it the Big Island),
BIFF primarily takes place at the Fairmont Orchid Hawai'i located
on the sunny Kohala Coast on the Island’s west side. The Mauna
Lani resort is approximately 40 minutes from Kona International Airport.
Within the resort, The Shops at Mauna Lani is the site for free family
Happens at BIFF? Movies, Movies, Movies. Every year is a
unique experience that residents and visitors share. Hawaiian culture
and music is infused throughout this event wrapping the entire experience
in the spirit of Aloha.
Daytime films: Friday-Sunday in two hour blocks at The Fairmont
Family films: Thursday-Sunday evenings 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Shops
at Mauna Lani
Films (through R rating): Friday-Sunday, Double feature &
short films 7:30-11:30 p.m. at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i
OF THE MOVIES” Friday 5/22 5-7 p.m. at The Shops at Mauna
Celebrity Salutes & Receptions: Saturday & Sunday
Filmmaker Workshops: Friday,
Saturday and Sunday at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i's Lehua
Theater (advance registration required)
Awards Brunch, Monday (reservations required)
Best of the Fest Hawaiian concert by the Roughriders (Henry Kapono,
John Cruz & Brother Noland) followed by audience choice feature
and short film Monday at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i Plantation
I have to buy a pass or can I go to just one or two events? Either
way! We have a wide selection of pricing options to suit any budget
and any time schedule, from $8 for daytime films to $425 for an all-inclusive
does it cost? There are general admission tickets, Kama‘aina
discounts, and Keiki tickets (children 7 - 12 years old).
Films: $8 per 2 hour block;
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.
Pass: $425. Includes all films with upgraded Festival Films
seating and special events PLUS pre-festival Mayor’s Welcome
Reception for filmmakers, sponsors, & media. Filmmaker Workshop
Only Pass: $225. 5/21– 5/25
Includes all food & beverage events, starting with the
Mayor’s Welcome Reception through the Awards Brunch.
Story Film Pass: $100. Includes all movies day & night
and Best of the Fest Concert & Audience Choice films. ($131 value)
Story Film Pass: $75. Includes all movies Saturday mid-day
through Monday’s Best of the Fest Concert & Audience Choice
films. ($99 value)
or Sunday Movie Pass: $30. Includes all movies on Saturday
office for information on passes. To arrange for Special ADA
accommodations please call by May 16th. Contact Jan at 808
Do I Get Tickets?
Print tickets at home! Just click on the Buy Now button to link
to ticket sales (small convenience fee). Discount coupons available
at the gate when you buy online.
phone. Phone order tickets will be emailed to you OR
put you on a PREPAID list. (small convenience fee). Discount coupons
available at the gate when you buy by phone.
At the Shops
at Mauna Lani BIFF Information Desk May 21
to 25, 2015. 10 am to 4 pm or at the Amphitheatre during Daytime
Films. Social Event tickets may be purchased online, at The
Shops and the Amphitheatre or at the Concierge Desk at The Fairmont
Orchid, Hawai'i for registered guests (can charge to room).
the door – Daytime & Festival films.
Can I Stay?
BIFF hotel room rate $189+ resort fee + tax, May 19 – 27,
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
reservation number is: The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai'i: 800-845-9905
I need a car? Yes. Airport shuttle service, such as you
find in mainland cities, has limited availablity and taxi fares
are very expensive. Events take place in various locations within
the large Mauna Lani Resort which has shuttle service within the
resort from the Fairmont. You almost certainly will want to explore
the island at least a little during your stay.
Car Rental Specials? Yes! Dollar Rental Car has a special
rate for BIFF Attendees. See About
Fee? The Shops at Mauna Lani has Free parking at their shopping
center. The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i - the exit gate will be
left open for self parking. No ticket validation will be needed. Take
a parking ticket to count cars in the lot, but Park FREE.
I bring my kids? Absolutely. Many filmmakers use BIFF as
movie motivation for a quick family vacation. Free family films with
rating through PG. Parental discretion is advised for daytime films
and Festival Films due to broader ratings. Visit www.Fairmont.com/Orchid
to learn about Keiki Activities and resort features and amenities
such as swimming, beach and ocean sports, golf, spa services and more.
Pricing for children is included in our events with tickets.
never been to Hawai‘i. What else is there to do on the island?
So many things. Although we keep our filmmakers and film lovers pretty
busy with movies and events, you may find time to tour a Kona Coffee
Farm or stroll along the waterfront at Ali‘i Drive. You might
fly over Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park by helicopter, take
a morning snorkel sail, try stand up paddle boarding, or a drive up
to the paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) town of Kamuela (“Waimea”
locally). There are soothing white-sand beaches along the Kohala Coast,
numerous shopping and dining opportunities at The Shops at Mauna Lani,
or within 15-20 minutes’ drive, and world-class golf courses.
I have to stay in the Resort? My budget doesn’t allow for it,
unfortunately. You are not required to be a registered guest
of The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i to attend any Big Island Film
Festival event—although it sure makes it easy! Nearby accommodations
include hotels and condominiums within the Mauna Lani Resort, or about
7 miles away in Waikoloa Village. The Big Island does not have midrange
hotels or motel chains like Days Inn or Motel 6. Less expensive Bed
& Breakfasts may be available in Kamuela/Waimea, about 25 minutes
away, or in Kailua-Kona, about 45 minutes away. We suggest you talk
with your professional travel planner, and feel free to email
us your specific questions.
I camp? Hawai‘i State and County issue camping permits
in advance on line. However, the only nearby options are Spencer Beach
Park, about 20 minutes away (a very popular and often crowded facility)
or A-frame shelters at Hapuna Beach State Park, about 15 minutes away.
Because campsites cannot be secured and the weather, though generally
mild, can never be guaranteed, we do not recommend camping.
do we eat? Dining options from first-class to casual are
available within the Resort. Take at look at www.Fairmont.com/Orchid
for specifics. Also at The Shops, you’ll find Foodland Farms,
a well-provisioned grocery with bakery, deli counter and ready-to-grill
specialties. If you care to venture farther, just five minutes away
is a comfortable Food Court at Queens’ MarketPlace, as well
as Starbucks and other restaurants. Waimea/Kamuela, 25 minutes away,
has well known fast-food options, along with popular local restaurants
of various cuisines, pizza, steaks and more.
will a schedule of movies be screened be posted? The final
schedule will be posted online on April 1st. There will be a chart
showing what’s happening when as well as a very brief synopsis
of the story for each film. There are free programs available at the
door to each film and in several locations around the resort. There
is also a printed “At a Glance” with the schedule &
synopses on a single page available.
should I wear, what do I bring? “Resort attire”
works in practically any BIFF setting—with daytime movies and
evening films outdoors being a little more casual and celebrity receptions
and Awards Brunch a little dressier. For gentlemen, aloha shirts and
slacks or shorts; for ladies, summer dresses, pants and shorts are
fine, with sweater or light wrap for evening. Sandals are the norm
and ties and jackets are not. You can expect sunny days and temperatures
in the mid-80’s to low 70’s in the evening. So plan for
“light layers” to accommodate air-conditioned rooms and
the tropical breeze. Bring your swimsuit, coverup, comfortable walking
shoes, and golf or tennis attire if you plan to play. We’re
a relaxed film festival – no red carpet here.
can I get wi-fi? Wi-fi is available at The Fairmont Orchid
Hawai'i as a purchased feature with your room.
do I get a meeting with …? Although BIFF provides many
informal opportunities for networking and socializing with our celebrity
guests and filmmakers, out of courtesy and respect for their time,
we do not arrange meetings, or accept scripts, proposals, business
cards or gifts on their behalf.
more questions? Simply give us a call at 808 883-0394 and we’ll
be glad to help.