HIFF 2008: For The Love of Film

28th Annual Hawaii International Film Festival

October 9-19, 2008

Award Winners

Halekulani Golden Orchid Award for Best Narrative
CAPE NO. 7
Director: Wei Te-Sheng

Halekulani Golden Orchid Award for Best Documentary
NOHO HEWA: THE WRONGFUL OCCUPATION OF HAWAI’I
Director: Anne Keala Kelly

Maverick Award
JI-WOON KIM

Achievement in Acting
WOO-SUNG JUNG

NETPAC Award
BRUTUS – THE ADVENTURE
Director: Tara Illenberger

Honolulu Magazine Award for Best Short Film
COFFEE AND ALLAH
Director: Sima Urale

City and County of Honolulu Vision in Film Award
SHANGHAI MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT GROUP

Film in Hawai’i Award
JOAN LANDER AND PUHIPAU (NA MAKA O KA ‘AINA)

Video-on Demand Viewer’s Choice Award
THE HOLLOW
Director: Dana Ledoux Miller

Audience Award for Best Feature
DEPARTURES
Director: Takita Yojiro

Audience Award for Best Documentary
PATSY MINK: AHEAD OF THE MAJORITY
Director: Kimberlee Bassford

Audience Award for Best Short
CHIEF
Director: Brett Wagner

2008 Program Book Cover

Opening Night

THE DIVINE WEAPON
Director: Yoo-jin Kim
South Korea 2008

Centerpiece

RAIN OF THE CHILDREN
Director: Vincent Ward
New Zealand 2008

Closing Night

THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE WEIRD
Director: Ji-Woon Kim
South Korea 2008

World Premieres

CHERRIES
Director: Zhang Jiabei
China 2007, New Chinese Cinema

JAMAICA FOR SALE
Director: Esther Figueroa
Jamaica 2008, Green Screen

LIVING PONO WITH JASON SCOTT LEE
Director: Rick Bacigalupi
USA 2008, Green Screen

PATSY MINK: AHEAD OF THE MAJORITY
Director: Kimberlee Bassford
USA 2008, Documentary Competition

SORASOI
Director: Katsuhito Ishii
Japan 2008, Spotlight on Japan

VIETNAM OVERTURES
Director: Stephane Gauger
Vietnam 2008, American Immigrant Filmmakers

International Premieres

BRUTUS – THE ADVENTURE
Director: Tara Illenberger
Philippines 2008, Green Screen

CROSSING
Director: Tae-kyun Kim
South Korea 2008, Spotlight on Korea

METAL SAMURAI
Director: Ryosuke Kanesaki
Japan 2007, Extreme Asia

SAILFISH
Director: Ema Jin
China 2008, New Chinese Cinema

2008 Festival Trailer

Aloha and Welcome to all participants and guests at the 28th Hawaii International Film Festival. No need to physically travel beyond our shores when you can visit dozens of countries through the films at HIFF. Also explore our fascinating seminars, special events, and “Sunset on the Beach” in Waikiki.

Join us at our Opening, Centerpiece Gala and Closing Films; mingle at the HIFF Cafe in the Dole Ballrooms; preview film trailers on NGN Video-on-Demand Channel 680; and vote for the Viewers’ Choice Award powered by Oceanic Time Warner Cable. Catch HIFF’s award-winning films, and others that you missed, during our closing weekend.

Chuck Boller
Executive Director