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Hawaii Film Festival Picks “The Descendants” as Best Narrative Feature

Hawaii Film Festival Picks "The Descendants" as Best Narrative Feature

The 31st Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani has announced the winners of this year’s Audience Awards.

They include Alexander Payne’s mid-life crisis drama “The Descendants” for Best Narrative Feature, Bill Ferehawk and Dylan Robertson’s Hawaiian Buddhism doc “Aloha Buddha” for Best Documentary Feature and Mitsuyo Miyazaki’s post-war Japan drama “Tsuyako” for Best Short Film. Payne also received this year’s Vision in Film Award.

Earlier in the festival, jury awards were also presented to Ruslan Pak’s crime drama “Hanaan” (NETPAC Award, presented to an Asian director for his/her first or second feature), Adam Pesce’s surfing doc “Splinters” (Best Documentary), and Prashant Bhargava’s kite-flying drama “Patang” (Halekulani Golden Orchid for Best Feature).

The festival ran from October 13 to 23 and showcased 212 films.

Full Press Release Below:

HAWAII INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY HALEKULANI ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF THIS YEAR’S AUDIENCE AWARDS PRESENTED BY HAWAII NEWS NOW

Honolulu, HI – (Tuesday, October 25, 2011) – The 31st Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) presented by Halekulani is proud to announce the winners of this year’s Audience Awards, presented by Hawaii News Now. Ballots were distributed at the the first screening of every eligible film at this year’s festival and audiences selected their favorite Documentary Feature, Narrative Feature, and Short Film. The ballots have been counted and this year’s winners are:

FAVORITE NARRATIVE FEATURE: THE DESCENDANTS, directed by Alexander Payne

FAVORITE DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: ALOHA BUDDHA, directed by Bill Ferehawk and Dylan Robertson

FAVORITE SHORT FILM: TSUYAKO, directed by Mitsuyo Miyazaki

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