2012 Big Island Film Festival Announces Awards

The 7th Annual Big Island Film Festival announced winners in twelve categories today, at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i.  Chosen from 57 Official Selections from Hawai‘i and around the world, the bi-lingual comedy “French Immersion” took top honors for Best Feature, “Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy” received the Best Foreign Film award and “Beatrice” won Best Short.

Audience Choice short film “Hi Honey,” created by Big Island residents Kelly Winsa and Peter Henderson, will screen tonight at the “Best of the Fest” event, followed by Audience-Choice feature “Shouting Secrets,” directed by Korinna Sehringer.

“Shouting Secrets” stars Chaske Spencer as a bestselling Native American novelist who draws from his own family drama on the reservation.  Costarring Q‘oriana Kilcher (“Princess Ka‘iulani”), “Shouting Secrets” resonated with the Hawai‘i audience at Sunday’s screening, and was acclaimed by Hollywood story consultant Jen Grisanti as “one of the best films I’ve seen in a long, long time.”

2012 Big Island Film Festival Awards:

  • Best Student Short:  “Faceless”
  • Best Student Feature:  “Anos Despues”
  • Best Hawaii Short:  “Flat”
  • Best Family Short:  “Swoosh!”
  • Best Animated Short:  “Cadaver”
  • Best Foreign Short:  “Scenen”
  • Barbara Award:  “Mr. Babbo”
  • Best Foreign Feature:  “Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy”
  • Best Short:  “Beatrice”
  • Best Feature:  “French Immersion”
  • Audience Choice Short:  “Hi, Honey”
  • Audience Choice Feature:  “Shouting Secrets”

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

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

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