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Big Island Film Festival announces awards

<p>The Big Island Film Festival “Golden Honu Award” winners pose with their awards, May 27, at The Fairmont Orchid. (BIFF COURTESY PHOTO FOR NHN)</p>

The Big Island Film Festival “Golden Honu Award” winners pose with their awards, May 27, at The Fairmont Orchid. (BIFF COURTESY PHOTO FOR NHN)

<p>The Big Island Film Festival “Golden Honu Award” winners pose with their awards, May 27, at The Fairmont Orchid. (BIFF COURTESY PHOTO FOR NHN)</p>

The Big Island Film Festival “Golden Honu Award” winners pose with their awards, May 27, at The Fairmont Orchid. (BIFF COURTESY PHOTO FOR NHN)

The Eighth Annual Big Island Film Festival announced “Golden Honu Award” winners Monday, May 27, at The Fairmont Orchid. Chosen from 54 Official Selections from around the world, winning films in fourteen categories included three films made in Hawaii.

Having just won honors at Festival de Cannes, the multi-cultural romance “Chasing Shakespeare,” starring Danny Glover, took the prizes for Best Feature as well as Audience Choice Feature. “Chasing Shakespeare,” along with Audience Choice Short “Good Dog” screened at BIFF’s “Best of the Fest” event, which also featured HAPA in concert and new Hawaiian music videos by “Project Kuleana.”

2013 Big Island Film Festival Winners:

• Best Animated Short: “Searchlight Serenade,” written by Amy Uyeki, Producer Ronald Schoenherr.

• Best Hawaii Short: “Out of Focus,” written and directed by Kyle Hayama, Production Co. University of Hawaii Manoa, Producer Brent Morita. Made in Hawaii.

• Best Student Short: “Last Call,” written and directed by Ryan Moody, Production Co. UCLA.

• Best Family Short: “Lift,” directed by Kieran Valla, written by Brett Swanson and Kieran Valla, Five Finger Films/American Film Institute.

• Best Foreign Short: “Spaghetti for Two,” produced and directed by Matthias Rosenberger, written by Betina Dubler, Federica Kitamura-De Cesco, producer Felix von Poser, Malao Film.

• Best Short: “A Perfect Day,” produced by Kelly Perine, Adam Rubin, Stephen Tao, written and directed by Adam Rubin, Organic Pictures.

• Barbara Award: “The Invention,” written and directed by Ajay Singh, Nomad Films Ltd.

• Best Animated Feature: “Strange Frame,” produced, written and directed by GB Hajim with Producer Daniel Morii and Writer Shelley Dory, Island Planet One Productions. Made in Hawai‘i.

• Best Hawaii Feature: “The Land of Eb,” producers Jeanne Jones, Guillermo F. Navarro, Andrew Williamson, John Hill, Jonithen Jackson, directed by Andrew Williamson, written by Andrew Williamson and John Hill, Kona Film Group. Made in Hawaii.

• Best Family Feature: “The Sound of Crickets at Night,” produced, written and directed by Jack Niedenthal, writer Suzanne Chutaro, Microwave Films of the Marshall Islands.

• Best Foreign Feature: “Stenwyken,” produced, written and directed by Jessica Hill, with producers Victor Martinez Aja, Adrian Patterson, Meghan Kinsley, writers Adrian Patterson and Meghan Kinsley.

• Best Feature: “Chasing Shakespeare,” produced and directed by Norry Niven, written by James Bird, Producer Loren Basulto, Stone Core Films.

• Audience Choice Short: “Good Dog,” produced, written and directed by Don Sniffen, producer Kathy Sniffin, KBZ Productions.

• Audience Choice Feature: “Chasing Shakespeare,”produced and directed by Norry Niven, written by James Bird, Producer Loren Basulto, Stone Core Films.

BIFF took place May 23-27, at The Shops at Mauna Lani and The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii. general manager and regional vice president, Chris Luedi, received the “Spirit of Aloha Award” from Mayor Billy Kenoi at the Mayor’s Welcome Reception, kicking off the festival. Celebrity guests included Vincent Kartheiser of “Mad Men,” Kate McKinnon of “Saturday Night Live,” screenwriter Ron Osborn, and story consultant Jennifer Grisanti.

An annual celebration of narrative films and filmmaking, the Big Island Film Festival would like to thank its anchor sponsors: The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii, The Shops at Mauna Lani, Hawai‘i Tourism Authority/Hawaii County Department of Research and Development CPEP and many other generous sponsors and supporters.

For more information, visit www.BigIslandFilmFestival.com or find them on Facebook.