Hawaii International Film Festival Announces Drive-In Cinema Screenings

By Jim Bea Sampaga

For the whole month of November, Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) will have drive-in cinema screenings across three Oahu locations featuring HIFF feature films and family-friendly favorites.

HIFF will host the drive-in locations at Ala Moana Center, Varsity Building Moiliili and Winward Mall, Kaneohe. Tickets cost $30 each vehicle with two adult passengers, $10 for additional adult passenger and $8 for children ages three to 11.

“This is a safe, fun, and family-friendly offerings as part of our November Festivities,” said HIFF Executive Director Beckie Stocchetti. “Our islands and communities have sacrificed so much over the last six months. As we reopen Hawaii, HIFF is proud to present these entertaining opportunities for our ohana.”

From Nov. 5 to 22, HIFF’s Drive-In Cinema will feature various fresh indie cinema hits, Hawaii-focused films and family-friendly blockbusters.

One of the featured films is titled Lumpia with a Vengeance, a sequel to the cult-favorite Filipino American indie film Lumpia. The Fil-Am movie will be screening on Nov. 7 at 3–5 pm nationwide; Nov. 13 at 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm at Consolidated Pearlridge; Nov. 16–29 online for Hawaii audiences; and Nov. 19 at 8 pm at Ala Moana Center’s drive-in cinema.

HIFF Artistic Director Anderson Le says he’s excited to bring back the “magic of movies” through drive-in cinemas.

“We are excited to bring back drive-ins in a major way, and why not do so by celebrating the amazing local films that we are screening this year? We owe these talented filmmakers that much to preserve the cinematic experience in a safe space,” said Le.

To view the full schedule of films and their locations, visit hiff.org/drive-in-schedule/.

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