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Waves at the Fairmont Orchid
Photo by Kathleen Honey

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: VIP Celebrity Receptions & Award 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 details below.




Food & Beverage Events
The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i
Kilohana Room or Wailana Gardens

Reservations are recommended. Additional tickets will be available at the door on a “Space Available” Basis only. Tickets are available immediately online or at the Concierge Desk at The Fairmont with credit card only.

All public receptions are sponsored by The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i and Kenwood Vineyards. Mahalo to Both!

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Mayor's Welcome Reception

Sponsored by The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i & Kenwood Vineyard

This event is an Invitation Only welcome to filmmakers, press, sponsors and Ali’i & Reception Pass holders. This pre-festival event gives attendees an opportunity to meet and talk story about the films selected for the year.

Mahalo, Mayor Kenoi!

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 7:30 p.m.
Grand Opening of 2013 Big Island Film Festival – FREE at The Shops at Mauna Lani Stage

Join us for a very special evening under the stars! Join us to welcome our 2014 filmmakers & watch a sampling of short films from Hawai’i and around the world: Meet Anna, Prinsesa, Take a Deep Breath, We are Enemies, Horse for Sale, Little Girl’s War Cry, The Maury Island Incident, Honey Brown Morgan, Posey. Appropriate for all audiences.



Saturday, May 24th 5:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Lehua Theatre
Salute & Reception for Actress Portia Doubleday

Portia DoubledayPortia Doubleday most recently co-starred opposite Chloe Moretz in CARRIE as bad girl Chris Hargensen and has a cameo opposite Joaquin Phoenix as the sex surrogate in Spike Jonze critically acclaimed film HER.

Come share an Award presentation with honoree interview and audience Q & A. followed by amazing food & beverages.

Reservations by May 23 - $35 per person

Click here to view Reception Menu





Sunday, May 25th 5 to 7 p.m. at Lehua Theatre
Salute & Reception for Actor Jackson Rathbone

Jackson RathboneBest known for his role as “Jasper Hale” in the hugely successful TWILIGHT franchise, Jackson Rathbone has been an international presence in film since 2007. Originally hailing from Texas, Jackson quickly found roles in both movies and television, garnering critical recognition for his turn as a serial killer in CRIMINAL MINDS, as well as lead roles in major international box office hits such as TWILIGHT and THE LAST AIRBENDER. He can most recently be seen in the upcoming super-natural independent suspense thriller THE DEAD MEN.

Award presentation with honoree interview and audience
Q & A. then more incredible food & beverages.
Reservations by May 24 - $35 per person

Click here to view Reception Menu

Monday, May 26th

Big Island Film Festival Golden Honu Awards Brunch
The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i, Kilohana Room 10:00 a.m. to Noon

Reservations by 5/23 Please: $50. Reserve online at website or buy Tickets at the Concierge Desk.
The public is welcome to join with the filmmakers for a special Holiday Brunch. This is the time for Big Island Film Festival to celebrate those films & filmmakers that are chosen as the best in their category.

Filmmakers are presented with an engraved plate in honor of their achievement and a remembrance of our island. The Awards Brunch is also the event that will announce the Audience Choice Short and Feature films to be shown once more on Sunday evening at the “Best of the Fest”.

5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Silent Auction to benefit Fisher House at Tripler. Items will be on display at the Tennis Pavilion of The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i. Winning bids will be announced at 7pm.

5:00 to 9:30 p.m. Best of the Fest at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i - Plantation Estate. Pre-sale tickets: Adult $35, Children 7-12 $10, Kama’aina $25/$5; $5 More at the Door.

Big Island Film Festival at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i proudly presents a Concert by

Willie K
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

One of Hawaii’s most versatile talents, Maui’s own Willie Kahaiali`i (a.k.a. Willie K) started entertaining at age 10 and has evolved into an eclectic and charismatic singer, songwriter and actor—performing musical genres from Hawaiian, Jazz, Blues, Reggae and Rock, to Country Western, and even Opera. A multiple Na Hoku Hanohano award winner and Grammy nominee, his latest CD of all original songs, “Warehouse Blues,” won Rock Album of the Year at this year’s Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.

Always community-minded, Willie K’s Celebrity Golf Tournament, now in its 11th year, benefits Maui Memorial Hospital Oncology Department. He is also the Hawaii spokesperson for the National Kidney Foundation, to help educate the community about kidney disease and and early detection.

His movie career began in 2009 with “You May Not Kiss the Bride” and the 2010 film, “Get A Job” which won numerous awards at film festivals across the US and worldwide.

For more information or bookings contact

7:30 p.m. Audience Choice Short and Feature Films

These films were selected by Your Votes during the previous four days.

Best of the Fest Doors Open: 4:30 pm; Films only: Doors Open 7:00 pm - Adult $7.50, Keiki $5
Beach chairs and blankets OK - outdoor lawn seating. Some chairs available as supply lasts.
Concessions available for purchase. No Outside Alcohol or Coolers, please.

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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