The great Queens philosopher Phife Dawg once said, “I don’t need a statue to tell me how nice I am.” While you might not need a statue (award) to tell you how nice (good at your craft) you are, having the hardware doesn’t hurt, right?
Flash to Sunday, November 15th 2015 at the Halekulani Hotel in Waikiki. The stars were definitely in attendance for HIFF’s 35th Anniversary Awards Gala. Being that it was a private event, you couldn’t get in without a ticket. If you were hoping to be in attendance, I’m sorry, you probably had a better chance at finding a golden ticket inside of a chocolate bar.
After some of the independent filmmakers’ world’s biggest stars had their picture taken on the red carpet, they proceeded to the intimate ballroom where the show began.
Director Shin Su-won (South Korea) won the Halekulani Golden Orchid for the Best Narrative Feature for her film MADONNA. The award was presented with a cash prize of $5,000. Small change to a big time director but slow money is better than no money, ya know?
Actress Ryoko Hirosue was honored with the Career Achievement Award. Hirosue’s credits include her role in WASABI and DEPARTURES. DEPARTURES won the Oscar for Foreign Language Film.
Actor Tadanobu Asano was honored with the Maverick Award. The Maverick Award is presented for his outstanding performances in ICHI THE KILLER, ELECTRIC DRAGON, THE BLIND SWORDSMAN: ZATOICHI, LAST LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE and MONGOL: THE RISE OF GENGHIS KHAN.
Actor Ha Jung Woo (South Korea) was honored with the Renaissance Award for his remarkable career as an act and as a director. Ha Jung Woo is the most in-demand actor of his generation in Korea.
CROCODILE GENNADIY, directed by Steve Hoover, won the Best Documentary Feature Award along with a $5,000 cash prize.
“CROCODILE GENNADIY is extraordinary; it tells a story with a compelling protagonist, a Ukranian pastor who rehabilitates drug addicted teens against a backdrop of a country in crisis. The film is a wonderful example of dramatic storytelling using all the cinematic tools – superb cinematography, inspired editing, provocative score- to tell a story of a man of uncommon morel conviction. We congratulate director Steve Hoover and his team for this outstanding achievement.” -HIFF 2015 Documentary Jury.
The Best Short Film Award was presented to Richard Curtis (New Zealand) for AHI KA.
For more information on the awards and juror, please visit: http://www.hiff.org/awards-jurors
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