2 Hawaii films win HIFF audience choice awards

Published On: Oct 23 2013 11:28:45 AM HST
Updated On: Oct 23 2013 11:59:12 AM HST

Hawaii International Film Festival

"The Haumana"

HONOLULU -

The 33rd Hawaii International Film Festival, featuring 209 films from 42 countries, announced the 2013 Audience Choice Award winners on Wednesday.

Two Hawaii films were winners in their categories.

"The Haumana," directed by Keo Woolford, was voted as the Favorite Narrative Feature.

The Favorite Short Film was "Dress," directed by Henry Ian Cusick of "Lost" fame.

The Favorite Documentary Feature was "Documented," directed by Jose Antonio Vargas and Ann Lupo.

"We are particularly thrilled and honored that two Hawaii films were chosen as audience favorites," says Chuck Boller, Hawaii International Film Festival executive director, referring to "The Haumana" and "Dress."  "This shows that homegrown cinema can stand shoulder to shoulder to our international selections."

"The story of award-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas is so riveting, emotional and compelling. It is also timely, serving as a snapshot of the paradigm shift of what is happening in America today," said Anderson Le, HIFF's director of programming.

Those that weren't able to see "The Haumana" and "Dress" during HIFF will have the chance to catch these audience favorites at a special screening at Hawaii Theater Center on Monday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. as part of Hawaii Theater's new Cinema Hawaii series. Tickets are $15 each.

Click here to watch "The Haumana" trailer on your mobile device.

Local films win HIFF audience awards

Click here to see pictures from the two local films winning the Audience Choice Award.

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