Saturday May 24th

Opening Night Celebrations & Movie – $35

May 17 @ 6:30 pm
Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park,
5 Windermere Ave, Greenwood Lake, NY

This Opening Night Party & Ceremony includes numerous Celebrity Guests and:

Mingle with the stars and the world’s most cutting edge Officially Selected Filmmakers at a closed, elegant, extravaganza red carpet event & cocktail hour. Includes complimentary top-shelf hors d’oeuvres/desserts and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as specially discounted cocktails.

HIFF’s Hall of Fame Award personally accepted by COBRA KAI star MARTIN KOVE (The Karate Kid, Rambo, “Cagney & Lacey”, Wyatt Earp). A tribute video honoring Mr. Kove’s extraordinary career will be played directly before the award presentation.

HIFF’s Lifetime Humanitarian Award personally accepted by superstar TV host/actor/professional wrestler GOVERNOR JESSE VENTURA (Predator; The Running Man; “Conspiracy Theory”). A tribute video honoring Governor Ventura’s one-and-only career will be played directly before the award presentation.

Hosted by hilarious comedian Buddy Fitzpatrick

Worldwide premiere screening of A KARATE CHRISTMAS MIRACLE, Starring Eric Roberts (Academy Award nominee, Best of the Best, The Expendables), Martin Kove (The Karate Kid, Rambo, “Cobra Kai”), Julie McCullough (“Growing Pains”, Sharknado), Mila Milosevic (Yellow Scare), and Mario Del Vecchio (The Brawler), A KARATE CHRISTMAS MIRACLE is an inspirational, thrill-ride family Christmas movie. Written/produced by Kenneth Del Vecchio and written/directed by Julie Kimmel. See Trailer Here

After his father disappeared during a mass shooting on Christmas Day one year earlier, 10-year-old, precocious Jesse Genesis creates a “12 Days of Christmas List” of tasks. If he completes them all, including teaching himself to become a karate black belt, he believes his father will return on Christmas. Jesse’s sophisticated, workaholic mother, Abby, believes her husband was lost in the shooting, but has a glimmer of hope through visions that Jesse reports to her. After Abby enlists the aid of an eccentric psychic-turned-law professor, a roller coaster thriller ensues, where the trio unravel a mystery that no one expected – and maybe, just maybe witness the delivery of a miracle that can only happen on Christmas.