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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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FYC: Watch award-winning KAPAEMAHU on HIFF Streaming Service through February 20

We are honored to provide a special for-your-consideration (aka FYC) screening of KAPAEMAHU, which won the HIFF40 Made in Hawai‘i Award for Best Animated Film, and is currently short listed for Academy Award consideration in the Best Animated Short category. In the long and storied history of the Academy Awards, Hollywood and the entertainment industry …

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HIFF HANA HOU Spotlight: Q&A with Aniston Eyre, Director of Audience Winner WAGON

WAGON, a documentary feature directed by Maui-born and raised Aniston Eyre, received the HIFF40 Documentary Audience Award. This is significant because Eyre is the first student filmmaker to win the award in the Festival’s 40 years. Now 19, Eyre is currently attending Columbia University (remotely from Maui because of the pandemic). We recently sat down …

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HIFF HANA HOU Spotlight: Best Actress Ebony McGuire for WIRUN

Within the creative confines of a classroom setting, one is expected to perform to a certain standard, while also contributing to the peer learning experience.  This becomes especially challenging when the assignment requires students to empathize with texts and search introspectively in order to form a response with substance and actual stakes. In WIRUN, lead …

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HIFF40 Recap: A Multitude of Cinema Through the Immigrant Lens

Peering into an unfamiliar moment, without influencing its procession is a rare privilege. This space, often explored in immigrant-made films, is a powerful one recognized by both HIFF and The Vilcek Foundation, who together formed the New American Perspectives program (NAP). NAP is a slate of impactful films created solely by immigrant filmmakers. The collaboration …

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HIFF40 Recap: XR and Engaging the Space Around Us

Extended reality or  XR encompasses various modes of immersive media not limited to virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality. Virtual reality blanks out the real world, placing users in an artificial 3D space, augmented reality uses the real world as a backdrop with virtual items implanted throughout, while mixed reality enables users to manipulate …

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