Saturday, December 8, 2018

TwoOhSix Recap - 2018 Hawaii International Film Festival

This was my third year covering the Hawaii International Film Festival remotely from my home in Seattle, Washington and each year has been such a blast I am determined to actually attend in 2019. The lineup is always filled with gems, some hidden and some more the blockbuster variety, and they come from all over the world, mostly from countries in the pacific rim. Each of the ten feature films I was able to watch during the festival were entertaining in their own way although, as always, only one was given the title of "TwoOhSix Festival Favorite."

Here are the films I watched and reviewed during the festival:

2018 Festival Favorite:
One Cut of the Dead is everything I love about watching movies. No joke, I had tears of joy from watching this film and laughed from start to finish. Congratulations to Shin'ichirô Ueda and everyone involved in creating a game changing and genre bending experience.

Hawaii International Film Festival Award Winners:
Made In Hawaii Feature Winner - Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable
Made In Hawaii Best Short - Mauka to Makai
Best Overall Short Film - May 14th
Kau Ka Hōkū Filmmaker Award for 2018 - Hao Wu, The People’s Republic of Desire

Halekulani Career Achievement Award: Moon So-ri
Halekulani Maverick Award: Awkwafina
2018 HIFF Pacific Islanders in Communications Trailblazer Award: Heperi “Hepi” Mita
NETPAC Award: Still Human by Oliver Siu Kuen Chan

Narrative Feature Audience Award Winner: Shoplifters directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda
Documentry Feature Audience Award Winner: Moananuiakea: One Ocean, One People, One Canoe directed by Naalehu Anthony
Short Film Audience Award Winner: Hae Hawai’i directed by Ty Sanga

Thank you for following along during this year's festival and please take a look at the other festivals and events that I cover over the course of the year.

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