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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 and DRESS. “This shows that homegrown cinema can stand shoulder to shoulder to our international selections.”

Added Anderson Le, HIFF’s director of programming about DOCUMENTED winning Audience Award for Best Documentary, “The story of award-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas is so riveting, emotional and compelling. It is also timely, serving as a snapshot of the paradigm shift of what is happening in America today.”

We have added one more screening at the Hawaii Theatre next Monday, October 28th at 7:30pm. See THE HAUMANA and DRESS (both Hawaii-made films) for $15. Ticket sales handled through Hawaii Theatre Center.


We announced the winning films of the festival yesterday at our closing night party at the Modern Honolulu. The theme for the night was “Colors of India”, in part because this year marks not only 100 years of film production in Hawaii, but also in India as well.

Halekulani Golden Orchid Award for Best Narrative (Tie)

Director: Jeremy Saulnier


Director: Young-seok Noh

Halekulani Golden Orchid Award for Best Documentary

Directors: Jeff Reichert & Farihah Zaman

NETPAC Award (First or second feature from an Asian country)

Director: Amit Kumar

EuroCinema Hawai’i Awards

The Princess Dialta Alliata de Montereale Award for Best Film
Director: Felix van Groeningen

Rising Star Award: Harry Shum, Jr.
Best Director: Bernardo Bertolucci, ME AND YOU
Best Actor: Luca Barbareschi, SOMETHING GOOD
Best Actress: Paulina Garcia, GLORIA
Best Student Film: Erin Lau, LITTLE GIRL’S WAR CRY

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