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What's Happening?

Big Island Film Festival is a “Talk Story” film festival. We only screen narrative films with story telling as our main focus.

Films are shown in three places:

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.


Social Events:

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: 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.

Filmmaker Workshop:

Saturday, 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.


Concert & Best of the Fest Audience Choice Films

“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).


Come experience this inspiring event each year with new films, celebrity sightings, meeting new filmmakers, and sharing our beautiful island.


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


2014 Big Island Film Festival At A Glance
2014 BIFF At A Glance

2014 BIFF Program
2014 BIFF Program



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