HIFF 1999

19th Annual Hawaii International Film Festival

November 5-14 & 17-21, 1999

Award Winners

First Hawaiian Bank Golden Maile Award for Best Narrative
SIAM SUNSET
Director: John Polson

First Hawaiian Bank Golden Maile Award for Best Documentary
SURFING FOR LIFE
Director: David Brown

Hawaii Film & Videomaker Award
RED TURTLE RISING
Director: Jay April

Special Jury Award
A BEAUTIFUL NEW WORLD – Jiang Wu

Kodak Vision Award for Cinematography
CHRISTOPHER DOYLE

Audience Award for Best Feature
IN A SAVAGE LAND
Director: Bill Bennett

Audience Award for Best Documentary
SURFING FOR LIFE
Director: David Brown

Audience Award for Best Short
PEEP SHOW
Director: Charles Call

1999 Program Book Cover

Opening Night

SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS
Director: Scott Hicks
USA 1999

Closing Night

RIDE WITH THE DEVIL
Director: Ang Lee
USA 1999

United States Premieres

THE CANDIDATE (WEI REN MING FU WU)
Directors: Peter Lee, Neil Feng
Taiwan 1998, Colors & Flavors of Comedy

THE KITE (SARANGGOLA)
Director: Gil M. Portes
Philippines 1999, Films from the Philippines

KUMAR TALKIES
Director: Pankaj Rishi Kumar
India 1999, Contemporary Indian Cinema

MARCH OF HAPPINESS (TIAN HA CHA FANG)
Director: Lin Cheng-sheng
Taiwan 1999, Images of Taiwan

O’ WOMAN WHICH COLOR YOU SIGNIFY IN THE RAINBOW
Director: M.D. Kowshik
India 1999, Contemporary Indian Cinema

ONE PIECE!
Director: Shinobu Yaguchi, Takuji Suzuki
Japan 1999, Colors & Flavors of Comedy

RAINBOW TROUT
Director: Chong-won Park
South Korea 1999, Korean Cinema Perspectives

SEDUCING MAARYA
Director: Hunt Hoe
Canada 1999, O Canada!

1999 Festival Trailer

It’s great to welcome everyone to the nineteenth annual Hawai’i International Film Festival. It’s hard to believe that we’ve become one of the elder statesmen of U.S. film festivals, due in part to maintaining our focus as a true festival of record for films from throughout the Pacific Rim, and in part to the recent growth in the number of film festivals worldwide.

Last year, one quarter of our Honolulu audience was attending the Film Festival for the first time. I think this speaks to a welcome increase in Hawaii’ overall awareness of independent film, and also hopefully to a commitment on our part in providing a real breadth of programming possibilities, slicing a broad swath through a range of human experience. Our hope is that the windows we open on ideas, perspectives and cultures different from your own will delight, engage, enrage and provoke discussion ’til the wee hours, because film is as much about enlightenment as it is about entertainment. We think that both are pretty important.

You might have noticed some changes in the way we do things, too. In addition to the Hawaii Theatre Center as a major venue, we are so pleased to welcome the Signature Dole Cannery 18 Theaters as a major venue of HIFF. The short distance from there to the Hawaii Theatre as to our Box Office at the Shops at Dole Cannery adds up to less get around time and more movie time!

On the neighbor islands, we’re pleased to be inaugurating the Waimea and Kiluea Theaters on Kaua’i, and enjoying the equipment and environs of the newly revamped Aloha Theatre on the Big Island.

I remain deeply grateful to the hardest-working and most committed crew of staff and volunteers ever. They pull off this extraordinary event with its daunting logistical challenges like its all in a day’s work. Thanks guys! I’m also thrilled to be working with a confident and enthusiastic Board of Directors that is clearly committed to the security and strength of this organization long into the next millennium. Thanks to the board for the deep interest and clear passion.

Mostly though, I want to thank you, the bold, energetic and incredibly loyal HIFF audience. We want to represent to our overseas visitors and to the rest of the world our unique unified diversity in this program of films. Hawai’i is a special place. We hope you’ll agree it has a special film festival. On with the show!

Christian Gaines
Festival Director, Director of Programming