06-24 November 2019

Festivals & Events

MADE IN HAWAI’I FILM AWARDS

HIFF will present the third annual MADE IN HAWAII FILM AWARD this year to continue our focus on 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 spread out throughout the 2019 film program to stand alongside works from around the world.

HIFF's decision to include this competition was an easy one, as the Festival has an illustrious history of providing a forum for Hawaii-made films for its 39 year history. As the media landscape changes, along with the democratization of ‘filmmaking’ itself via digital technology, the rise of local cinema artists has drastically increased. At the same time, creative content produced by indigenous people around the world, including Native Hawaiians, is on the rise. 

With this in mind, the intent of the MADE IN HAWAII FILM AWARD is to provide accolades to films that our esteemed jury feel offer significant representation of stories that authentically reflect the unique, yet universal experiences of ourselves. The Made-in-Hawaii Award winners are announced at the HIFF Awards Gala on November 15. First and second place winning projects receive cash awards made possible by the Nichols Family Film Fund. 

2019 BEST MADE IN HAWAI'I FILM NOMINEES

DOWN ON THE SIDEWALK OF WAIKIKI
HAWAII PREMIERE
DIRECTOR: JUSTYN AH CHONG

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DRIVING
WORLD PREMIERE
DIRECTOR: CHELSI JOHNSTON

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OTHER PEOPLE
HAWAII PREMIERE
DIRECTOR: BRYSON CHUN

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FALL GUY
INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE
DIRECTOR: BRADLEY CRAWFORD

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LIKE MADDAH
HAWAII PREMIERE
DIRECTOR: RENA SHISHIDO

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MO'O
WORLD PREMIER
DIRECTOR: ANELA LING

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MOLOKA‘I BOUND
UNITED STATES PREMIERE
DIRECTOR: ALIKA MAIKAU

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THE PIT WHERE WE WERE BORN
HAWAII PREMIERE
DIRECTOR: ALEXANDER BOCCHIERI

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TOKYO HULA
WORLD PREMIERE
DIRECTOR: LISETTE MARIE FLANARY

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VOICES OF THE FOREST
WORLD PREMIERE
DIRECTOR: BRADLEY TANGONAN

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