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Sunday, November 19, 2017

2017 Hawaii International Film Festival Recap


While I wasn't able to attend the 2017 Hawaii International Film Festival, I was able to check out a few of the films and what I saw was pretty darn good. The festival took place at several different venues and featured a very diverse schedule filled with feature films, short films, documentaries, and special events all of which were in some way connected to regions around the Pacific Rim.


The eight films pictured above are the festival movies I have been able to watch and review. The reviews below are broken into two categories which I have labeled competition and exhibition. The exhibition films are ones that have had a recent or current domestic release so I did not consider them for my "Festival Favorite" award.

EXHIBITION


COMPETITION


TwoOhSix Festival Favorite
Bad Genius - Director Nattawut Poonpiriya
Director Nattawut Poonpiriya has put together a nearly flawless film and we may just have a superstar in the making with Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying's breakout performance.






The 37th edition of Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) presented by Halekulani announced their Jury winners at a private Awards Gala. The Made In Hawaii competition film awards are presented by the Hawaii Film Office to celebrate the dynamic and flourishing local independent film scene that strives onward here in the Hawaiian Islands. Fiction, Non-fiction and short films that are made by locally-based filmmakers or involve locally-based stories are eligible for the following awards—Best Made In Hawaii Feature and Best Made In Hawaii Short Film.

Made In Hawaii Competition Awards:
  • Best Feature: Out of State directed by Ciara Lacy
  • Best Short: Wilder Palms directed by Bradley Tangonan
  • Best Overall Short Film: Pria directed by Yudho Aditya
  • Inaugural Hawaii Movie Maker Award - Alexander Bocchieri for Go For Broke

Audience Choice Awards:
  • Narrative Feature: Jimami Tofu - Directors Jason Chan, Christian Lee
  • Documentary Feature: Out of State - Director Ciara Lacy
  • Short Film: Wilder Palms - Director Bradley Tangonan

HIFF37 Honorees Bill Pullman, Taika Waititi, Masato Harda, and Simon Baker

HIFF37 Artist Honorees:
  • Lifetime Achievement Award - Bill Pullman
  • Career Achievement Award - Masato Harada
  • Maverick Award - Simon Baker
  • PIC Trailblazer Award - Taika Waititi

Thor: Ragnarok director and PIC Trailblazer Award Winner Taika Waititi

About the Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani:
Filled with insight and discovery, HIFF is dedicated to advancing understanding and cultural exchange among the peoples of Asia, the Pacific and North America by presenting films from around the world. Each year, more than 50,000 attendees throughout Hawaii  experience the sounds and images of film making from approximately 45 countries. This cultural exchange of ideas, presented through the powerful medium of film, raises the awareness of our similarities and differences alike.





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