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Hawaii International Film Festival going statewide

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Mark your calendars; the 33rd Annual Hawaii International Film Festival is right around the corner!

It kicks off on Oahu on October 10 – and for the first time in several years, it will be returning to the neighbor islands with screenings on Hawaii Island and Kauai starting October 24.

This year's event celebrates a century of filmmaking in Hawaii.

"The very first film was produced a hundred years ago in Hawai'i.  HIFF has been a part of that for one third of the entire time.  We're very proud to have been helping to educate local Hawaii-based filmmakers and screening their films," said Chuck Boller, HIFF's Executive Director.

"The world knows Hawai'i through the things they have seen—good, bad and otherwise on film and television—and it's amazing because we've been able to bring Hawaii and our culture and our people and all the things that are wonderful about our islands to the world," said Georja Skinner, Chief Officer of Creative Industries Division of the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.

More than 200 films from 42 different countries will be screened during the festival – many of which will be world premieres. 

Several showcases will be free, in addition to panel discussions and workshops.

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