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HIFF41 Audience Awards Announcement

The votes have been tabulated and the audience has spoken. Here are the HIFF41 Audience Award winners presented by Hawaii News Now.       The HIFF41 Audience Award winners were officially announced on Hawaii News Now. You can view the broadcast announcement here.  HIFF41 Jury Award winners were announced during the HIFF Awards Gala …

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HIFF Launches First Film Production MAKAWALU

Project Will Incubate and Support Eight Native Hawaiian Filmmakers In the Production of One Collaborative Feature Film (November 15, 2021) Honolulu, HI — The Hawai’i International Film Festival (HIFF) presented by Halekulani announced today the launch of MAKAWALU, HIFF’s first production project that will bring eight kanaka maoli (Native Hawaiian) directors together to make one …

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Notes on DUNE from a Native Hawaiian / by Kanani Lyons

Timothée Chalamet (pictured) as Paul Atreides  Not even the dunes of Arrakis could smother the massive-scale retelling of Frank Herbert’s 1965 DUNE and psychedelic-inducing spice pales in comparison to the vision Denis Villeneuve achieves. But with that, we still have to ask: Is Dune a “white-savior” story?   Note from the author: In an attempt …

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HIFF41 Announces Festival Award Winners

Hawai‘i International Film Festival Announces Festival Award Winners Best Made in Hawai’i Feature – I WAS A SIMPLE MAN, directed by Christopher Makoto Yogi Best Made in Hawai’i Short – RIVER OF SMALL GODS, Directed by Bradley Tangonan Kau Ka Hōkū Grand Jury Award Winner – DARK RED FOREST, Directed by Jin Huaqing HIFF Best …

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COMEDY HORROR MOVIES: The Embodiments of “Camp” Are Here to Stay

The world’s first comedy horror film is thought to be ONE EXCITING NIGHT (1922), which was written, directed, and produced by D.W. Griffith.  As the last century added a profound amount of films to this genre, it is valuable to observe why the comedy horror genre has survived in cinemas for this long.  Despite being …

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Revisiting HIFF’s Q&A with just announced Nobel prize honoree Maria Ressa

The news earlier this week that Rappler founder and embattled journalist Maria Ressa became the first Filipino to be awarded the prestigious Nobel peace prize was greeted by human rights activists around the world. The award has put a spotlight on the struggle of journalists and activists fighting President Rodrigo Duterte’s attacks on press freedom. …

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