HIFF 2011: A Fortune of Fine Films

31st Annual Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani

October 13-23, 2011

Award Winners

Halekulani Golden Orchid Award for Best Narrative
PATANG
Director: Prashant Bhargava

Halekulani Golden Orchid Award for Best Documentary
SPLINTERS

Director: Adam Pesce

City and County of Honolulu Vision in Film Award
Alexander Payne

NETPAC Award
HANAAN

Director: Ruslan Pak

Mahalo Nui Loa Award
HAWAII 5-0

Audience Award for Best Feature
THE DESCENDANTS

Director: Alexander Payne

Audience Award for Best Documentary
ALOHA BUDDHA

Director: Bill Ferehawk, Dylan Robertson

Audience Award for Best Short
TSUYAKO
Director: Mitsuyo Miyazaki

2011 Program Book Cover

Opening Night

THE FRONT LINE
Director: Hun Jang
South Korea 2011

Centerpiece

PINA 3D
Director: Wim Wenders
France, Germany 2011

Closing Night

THE DESCENDANTS
Director: Alexander Payne
United States 2011

World Premieres

IN THE FAMILY
Director: Patrick Wang
Unites States 2011

MINDS IN THE WATER
Director: Justin Krumb
Australia, United States 2011

MISS SOUTH PACIFIC: BEAUTY AND THE SEA
Director: Mary Lambert
Fiji, Papua New Guinea, United States 2011

RESTORING THE LIGHT
Director: Carol Liu
China, United States 2011

SALAD DAYS
Director(s): Hiram Chan, Jeff Mizushima, Emily Yoshida
United States 2011

THE WARPED FOREST
Director: Shunichiro Miki
Japan 2011

WHEN THE MOUNTAINS WERE REBORN
Director: Chuljay Lee
China, South Korea 2011

World Premieres – Made in Hawaii

6B
Director(s): Jay Hanamura, Ryan Kawamoto, Roy Kimura, Nathan Kurosawa, James Sereno
United States 2011

ALOHA BUDDHA
Director(s): Bill Ferehawk, Dylan Robertson
United States 2011

KNOTS
Director: Michael Kang
United States 2011

MY KOALOHA STORY
Director: Gary San Angel
United States 2011

PARADISE BROKEN
Director: James Sereno
United States 2011

THE SHORT LIST
Director(s): Robert Bates, Jason Lau, Stefan Schaefer, John Ching, Gerard Elmore, Todd Robertson
United States 2011

International Premieres

THE DANCE OF TWO LEFT FEET
Director: Alvin Yapan
Philippines 2011, Narrative Competition

FOLK SONGS SINGING
Director: Ming Zhang
China 2010, Narrative Competition

ECLAIR
Director:Akio Kondo
Japan 2011

STAR-CROSSED LOVE
Director: Erick Salud
Philippines 2011

THELMA
Director: Paul Soriano
Philippines 2011

UNSTOPPABLE FAMILY (MARRYING THE MAFIA 4)
Director: Tae-won Chung
South Korea 2011

North American Premieres

33 POSTCARDS
Director: Pauline Chan
Australia, China 2011

BREAKFAST LUNCH DINNER
Director(s): Kaz Cai, Wang Jing, Anocha Suwichakornpong
Singapore 2010

CANNONBALL WEDLOCK
Director: Koji Maeda
Japan 2011

A DISAPPEARING VILLAGE
Director: Lisheng Lin
China 2011

JUMP ASHIN
Director: Yu-Hsien Lin
Taiwan ROC 2011

LOVE IS SIN
Director: Chao-Liang Huang
Taiwan ROC 2011

MY WEDDING AND OTHER SECRETS
Director: Roseanne Liang
New Zealand 2010

NIGHT MARKET HERO
Director: Yeh Tien-lun
Taiwan ROC 2011

OPERATION 8
Director(s): Abi King-Jones, Errol Wright
New Zealand 2011

REST ON YOUR SHOULDER
Director: Jacob Cheung
China, Hong Kong 2011

RETURN TICKET
Director: Teng Yung-hsing
China, Taiwan ROC 2011

UNITY THROUGH CULTURE
Director(s): Ton Otto, Christian Suhr
Australia, Denmark 2011

YOYOCHU IN THE LAND OF THE RISING SEX
Director: Masato Ishioka
Japan 2011

2011 Festival Trailer

This is indeed a long history and one made possible only through the strong support of HIFF’s sponsors, the HIFF Ohana members, the tireless HIFF volunteers, our enthusiastic audience members, the HIFF Board of Directors, and the Hawaii community at large. The HIFF staff depends upon all our your support to make our production of HIFF a reality.

HIFF is extremely honored and excited to welcome Halekulani as our new Presenting Sponsor. HIFF has a long history and wonderful relationship with Halekulani and the expansion of this partnership into the “Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani” allows us both to build together this year and into the future. Halekulani continues to rank as one of the leading hotels of the world and we thank them for becoming HIFF’s leading patron.

We have once again assembled a strong slate of films from throughout the world. We make your film selection easier by placing each film in a category listed in our Table of Contents and placing a trailer for almost every film on HIFF’s invaluable website www.HIFF.org.

The digital revolution continues to strongly impact HIFF, from online ticketing through our website to digital projection in all of our theaters at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 & IMAX. For the second year now, the majority of HIFF’s films are presented in a digital format. The equipment at Regal is state-of-the-art and the screen images are superb.

We encourage you to explore other aspects of HIFF beyond our films. Our Sound x Vision section presents special discussions to enhance our local music industry and many of the seminars and master classes are especially geared toward Hawaii-based filmmakers. Film introductions and after-film Q&A’s highlight the films at HIFF and expand your knowledge with inside information and behind-the-scenes stories. HIFF Ohana members are invited to special receptions and events throughout the Festival so we encourage you to sign up as a member today so that you can participate as well.

We are proud and excited to be working with EuroCinema Hawaii for our second year and encourage you to check out our masterpieces from throughout Europe, including a newly restored print of LA DOLCE VITA. HIFF’s films are divided into sections so that you can more easily access them all. HIFF’s Asian Showcases highlight films from various Asian countries. Our Spotlight on India has expanded this year and includes even more films from a part of the world that is always popular with HIFF audiences.

There is something for everyone at HIFF and we encourage you to explore the riches of our films and events this year!

See you at the movies!

Chuck Boller
Executive Director

Owen Ogawa
President & Chairman, Board of Directors