HIFF 2016, Oahu: What you’ve missed!

Darn… Your calendar states November 14th. Hawaii Film Festival is officially over on Oahu, and you may be realising that you missed out on some real good stuff! If you, like me, were busy with school, work – an internship maybe, or something completely different, you may be really bummed right now. Not for no reason though, because HIFF 2016 has been throwing around great events, films and people left right and center. If you weren’t present, you better be sorry. Here’s a brief recap on some of the things you’ve missed out on:

Surf Cinema – HIFF featured five different surf cinema films this year.

Film for Thought – Presented by the Hawai’i Council for the Humanities, HIFF featured six films, focused on the theme ‘Common God’. Each film was followed by a special post-screening discussion.

Huge lines! – To end off the festival, Your Name seemed to attract many many viewers last night – the tickets were sold out!

Free screenings – Mahalo we say for the many free screenings this year at HIFF. Thank you for letting everyone be a part of the game, regardless of economic opportunities.

Selfies with the masterminds – Some viewers were fortunate enough to catch some important masterminds at HIFF Red Carpet. Did you catch yourself a selfie with someone we know?

Real life Q&A with filmmakers – Among others, filmmakers from Forever Chinatown showed up to do a real life Q&A with the interested audience. Nice way to get some insider advice right there…

And last but not least, the winners of HIFF 2016:

  • The Golden Orchid for Best Narrative Feature – Moonlight, directed by Barry Jenkins.
  • King Hu was honored as this year’s Filmmaker in Focus.
  • The Golden Orchid for Best Documentary Feature Award – The Cinema Travelers, directed by Shirley Abraham and Amit Madeshiya.
  • The Golden Orchid for Best Short Film – Coinboy, directed by Li Chuan-Yang.
  • NETPAC Award – Knife in the Clear Water, directed by Wang Xuebo.Wanna hear the best part?

If you missed out on HIFF on Oahu, make sure to check-in on Big Island and Kaua’i from November 17th.-20th.! See you there.

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