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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:

Enjoy 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.)

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. See Special Events page for details.

Friday 5/22 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

Filmmaker Workshop:

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. Prices vary.


Concert & Best of the Fest Audience Choice Films

“Best of the Fest” takes place at Plantation Estates, on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2015. We’re excited to present the Roughriders 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 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 15, 2015).


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 the Fisher House at Tripler Army Medical Center, Monday,
May 25, 2015

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BIFF At A Glance


2015 Big Island Filim Festival Program
2015 BIFF Program



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