HIFF 2013 Award Winners Announced

Update 10/23: Hawaii News Now Audience Awards announced!
Audience Award for Best Narrative
Director: Keo Woolford
Audience Award for Best Documentary
Directors: Jose Antonio Vargas and Ann Lupo
Audience Award for Best Short Film
Director: Henry Ian Cusick

“We are particularly thrilled and honored that two Hawaii films were chosen as audience favorites,” says Chuck Boller, Hawaii International Film Festival executive director, referring to THE HAUMANA…

HIFF 2012 Audience Awards

You’ve been waiting since the festival concluded on Sunday night, so here are the audience award winners for HIFF’s 2012 film festival. The audience awards are sponsored by Hawaii News Now.


Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature
THE THIEVES (South Korea)
Directed by Dong-hoon Choi

Audience Award for Best Documentary
HARANA (Philippines)
Directed by Benito Bautista

Audience Award for Best Short Film
ONE TEAM (United States)
Directed by Tom…

Photos from the Governor’s Awards Reception

Last Tuesday evening at Washington Place, the Governor’s residence, HIFF congratulated the winners of its various awards. These included the Vision in Film award, presented to Sundance Institute’s Native Program, NetPAC Award presented to Vincent Sandoval, director of APPARITION, Halekulani Golden Orchid Award for Best Narrative Feature presented to Kenji Uchida, director of KEY OF LIFE, and Halekulani Golden Orchid Award for Best Documentary, presented to Sasha Friedlander, director of WHERE…

Award Winners for HIFF 2012

Last night at the Governor’s Reception, we announced the winners of the Halekulani Golden Orchid Awards, and the NETPAC Award. We have also added a few more screenings on the last day of the festival.
Halekulani Golden Orchid Award for Best Narrative Feature
Directed by: Kenji Uchida
Wed, Oct 17 at 5:00pm – Regal Dole
Fri, Oct 19 at 5:45pm – Regal Dole

Halekulani Golden Orchid Award for Best Documentary Feature

Film Program and Schedule Released!

As this year’s festival approaches, we’re pleased to present the full film program and schedule of the 32nd Hawaii International Film Festival. We have some really high profile films this year such as our opening night film from Australia, THE SAPPHIRES, our centerpiece presentation from the United States, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, and our closing night film from South Korea, THE THIEVES.

Also featured is our partnership with EuroCinema Hawaii, a festival within a festival. These ten films…

Audience Awards for HIFF 31, presented by Hawaii News Now

The audience awards for this year’s festival, presented by Hawaii News Now, go to:

Narrative Feature:
THE DESCENDANTS directed by Alexander Payne
Documentary: ALOHA BUDDHA directed by Bill Ferehawk, Dylan Robertson
Short: TSUYAKO directed by Mitsuyo Miyazaki

Audience Award Winners Announced!

We have the results from the counting of your ballots during the festival, and here are the audience awards. Quotes from the filmmakers courtesy of Hawaii Pacific Entertainment.

Favorite Feature:

“By receiving this wonderful award, I feel as if the film has started to walk on its own two legs,” says Takita Yojiro, director of DEPARTURES. “For a filmmaker, a great reaction from the audience is the best treat of all. The film has been fortunate to have had amazing…

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