Awards and Jurors

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Halekulani Golden Orchid Award

Presented by Halekulani

The Golden Orchid is bestowed upon the narrative and documentary films that best express artistic and technical excellence and promote cross-cultural understanding. Like the rare endemic orchids of our native Hawaii, these awards recognize singular achievements amid collective beauty. Each nominated film furthers the Hawaii International Film Festival mandate to entertain, enlighten and empower. Our international jury will select the films that articulate this manifesto consistent with the cross-pollination of words, ideas and images that comprise the kinetic and visceral power of film.

2016 Halekulani Golden Orchid Jury:

NARRATIVE:

Marlene Booth – Filmmaker, Film Professor (University of Hawaii at Manoa)
Beth-Ann Kozlovich — Hawaii Public Radio Host & Producer, “The Conversation”
Konrad Ng, PhD. — Executive Director, Shangri La Center for Islamic Arts & Cultures

DOCUMENTARY:

Karim Ahmad — Senior Strategist of Digital Content, ITVS
Arthur Dong — Filmmaker (FORBIDDEN CITY, USA, HOLLYWOOD CHINESE, THE KILLING FIELDS OF DR. HAING S. NGOR)
Pamela Young — News Personality, “Mixed Plate”

SHORT FILM:

Minette Ferrer — Theatre Manager, Doris Duke Theatre at Honolulu Museum of Art
Christopher Kahunahana — Filmmaker, Sundance Native Lab Fellow
Ciara Lacy — Filmmaker, Sundance Native Lab Fellow

Audience Choice Award

Presented by Hawaii News Now

Vote for your favorite feature film, documentary or short film playing at HIFF. Ballots will be distributed for the screening of every eligible film during the film festival. No pens, pencils or i.d. required. Tear along the edge of the ballot from 1 (terrible) to 5 (excellent) and drop it in the ballot boxes as you exit the theater. Winners will be announced post-festival.

NETPAC Award

Founded in 1990 by Cinemaya and UNESCO, the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) is an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting Asian film throughout the world. The prestigious NETPAC award is given at select international film festivals to promote Asian cinema by spotlighting exceptional works and discovering new talent.

The NETPAC award is presented annually at international film festivals in Berlin, Cannes, Venice, Rotterdam, Pusan, Singapore, Taiwan, Yamagata, Amiens and Hawaii. HIFF is the only film festival in North America given permission to present the NETPAC award.

2016 NETPAC JURY:

Jay Hubert — Media Center Director, Academy for Creative Media
Catherine Fitzgerald — Producer, Founder go Blueskin Films
Kirill E. Razlogov — Film Scholar, Director of Russian Institute for Cultural Research

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