Festival Director Leo Sears addressed the group around 10:00 and folks started in on their food.
Anna Akaka, wife of Danny Akaka, Jr., lead off the opening pule and blessed the crowd and the filmmakers for making it a great festival this year.
Golden Honu Award recipient Kristina Anapau and her boyfriend Moran Cerf were in attendance.
Mr. Sears began by thanking the Sponsors of the Festival such as the Fairmont Orchid, the Shops at Mauna Lani, the County of Hawaii and John Mason with the Hawaii County Film Office, “Redeeming Light International” as well as others were also thanked.
Kenwood Vineyards was recognized as a “big sponsor” since they have sponsored the festival for so many years.
Naketha Mattocks was recognized for her support and workshop that she put on called “The Inside Pitch” and Ron Osborn was recognized for his continual work with the festival.
Mayor Kenoi was on hand and signed a bottle of wine that all of the celebrities and filmmakers signed that would be auctioned off later for the Wounded Warriors project.
Actress Sarah Wayne Callies who was the recipient of the “No Ka Oi” award earlier in the week was also present.
An autographed picture of Kristina Anapau was auctioned off for charity as well and I just had to drop the big bucks to keep my son happy!
I’d like to thank all those that worked so hard to put this on and especially thank Leo Sears for working so hard at ensuring such a smooth festival happens.
Twelve films received Golden Honu Awards at the 6thAnnual Big Island Film Festival today. Best Feature went to “Queen of the Lot,” starring Tanna Frederick and Noah Wyle, written and directed by Henry Jaglom, produced by Rosemary Marks.
Celebrity actresses Sarah Wayne Callies (“The Walking Dead”) and Hilo’s own Kristina Anapau (“Black Swan”) were present to receive special “No Ka Oi” awards from Big Island Film Festival Executive Director Leo Sears.
Winners were selected from 63 entries from across the country and around the world, including 10 made in Hawai’i. The made-on-Maui film, “Get A Job,” starring Willie K, Eric Gilliom, Augie T, Henry Kapono and many other top Hawaiian entertainers, won 2011 Audience Choice Feature.
2011 Big Island Film Festival Golden Honu Awards:
Actress “No Ka Oi” - Sarah Wayne Callies
Actress “No Ka Oi” – Kristina Anapau
The Barbara Award – “Regular Kids”
Best Family Short – “The Green Tie Affair”
Best Animated Short – “Bait”
Best Hawaiian Short – “Layover, On the Shore”
Best Foreign Short – “Futility”
Best Student Short – “Thief”
Best Short – “Wounded”
Best Family Feature – “Trainmaster II: Jeremiah’s Treasure”
“Best Student Feature” – “Farmer’s Tan”
Best Hawaiian Feature – “Get A Job”
Best Foreign Feature – “The Drummond Will”
Best Feature – “Queen of the Lot”
Audience Choice Short – “The Historian Paradox”
Audience Choice Feature – “Get A Job”
Some of the winners that were present to receive their awards:
- 2011 Big Island Film Festival… And the Winners Are (damontucker.com)
- “Reception and Salute” to Local Girl Kristina Anapau at the Big Island Film Festival (damontucker.com)
- “Reception and Salute” to Sarah Wayne Callies at the Big Island Film Festival (damontucker.com)
- Mayor Kenoi Kicks Off the 2011 Big Island Film Festival (damontucker.com)
- Local Girl Kristina Anapau to Receive Golden Honu Award for Acting at Big Island Film Festival Tonight (damontucker.com)
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