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Eloise Mumford Awarded Golden Honu at the 2012 Big Island Film Festival

On Saturday at the 2012 Big Island Film Festival there were more movies and films that included “Nobody’s Child” and “Steve Phoenix – The Untold Story” in the morning followed by “Buzkashi Boys” and “Donkeys’.  Then in the afternoon the films “Election Day”, “Found” and “Searching for Sonny” were shown. The big event of the […]

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 […]

2012 Big Island Film Festival Kicks Off With Reception Hosted by Mayor Kenoi

The 2012 Big Island Film Festival kicked off today with workshops by Brian Kohne and Jennifer Grisanti, then from 5:00 – 7:00, the festival had an opening reception hosted by Mayor Billy Kenoi which included light pupu’s, wine from Kenwood Vineyard and Hula performed by a local Halau. The festival continues for the next few […]

2012 Big Island Film Festival Begins Next Week – Interview with 2011 Celebrity Guest Kristina Anapau

The 2012 Big Island Film Festival begins next week and at last years festival I had the opportunity to meet and interview local girl Kristina Anapau (Black Swan, True Blood, Sightings, Blackjack etc). Unfortunately this year she Kristina was supposed to be in Cannes this week and next week, however, she is stuck in Los […]

KOHALA Live in Concert at the 2012 Big Island Film Festival “Best of the Fest”

GRAMMY award-winning producer Charles Michael Brotman, with Rupert Tripp Jr. and Charlie Recaido are the celebrated acoustic trio “Kohala,” headlining the Big Island Film Festival “Best of the Fest” Concert at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i Plantation Estate, Monday, May 28, 2012. A blend of folk, island and jazz, reflecting the beauty of the Big Island’s […]

2012 Big Island Film Festival Announces Official Selections – 57 Films From Hawaii and Around the World Selected

What do a mysterious silver case, super-competitive Scrabble and a secret drug underground have in common?  They’re some of the subjects of this year’s Official Selections for Big Island Film Festival, May 24-28. Now in its 7thyear, the Big Island Film Festival (BIFF) delivers unique entertainment for film lovers of all ages, with free family […]

2012 Big Island Film Festival Call for Entries

One of MovieMaker Magazine’s “25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” and “25 Coolest Film Festivals”, Big Island Film Festival (BIFF) 2012 is now accepting entries for the May 24-28 events at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i and The Shops at Mauna Lani.  A celebration of narrative filmmaking, BIFF 2012 includes screenings, social events and networking […]

Writers, Filmmakers Learn from the Pro’s at Big Island Film Festival Workshops

Big Island Film Festival at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i (BIFF) will present three contemporary screenwriting and filmmaking workshops, taught by top entertainment industry professionals, May 22, 23 and 24, 2015. Important topics in the art and business of film include creative financing, successful storytelling and the multi-faceted demands on today’s filmmaker. Advance registration is required […]

Big Island Film Festival Workshops Filling Up – Tickets Still Available

The 2014 Big Island Film Festival at the Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i kicks off this Thursday with a welcoming reception by Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi. A lot of folks may think that the festival is all about films, however, the festival offers filmmakers and folks interested in making movies educational workshops over the course of […]

‘Twilight’ and ‘Carrie’ Stars Come Out to Shine at Big Island Film Festival at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i

Portia Doubleday, “Carrie’s” nemesis in the current re-telling of Steven King’s wildly popular story, and Jackson Rathbone, star of the epic “Twilight” film series, will attend Big Island Film Festival at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i next week as celebrity honorees. Seeming to specialize in the darkly complex characters that today’s movie-lovers crave, Doubleday and Rathbone […]

Professional Writing, Filmmaking Workshops at Big Island Film Festival at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i

Presenting a rare opportunity for island filmmakers and writers to learn from and be inspired by some of the best in the business, Big Island Film Festival at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i offers three relevant workshops, presented by top entertainment industry professionals, May 22-25, 2014. Writer, producer Ron Osborn (DUCKMAN, MEET JOE BLACK, THE WEST […]

Willie K Headlines “Best of the Fest” – Big Island Film Festival at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i

Blues man, jazz artist, Hawaiian songwriter, slack key master, rock & roll, reggae and occasional opera singer, Hawaii’s own Willie K brings his considerable talents to the stage on Monday, May 26, 2014, for Big Island Film Festival’s “Best of the Fest” concert at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i. Willie Kahaiali‘i, (Willie K) has been entertaining […]

Last Chance to Enter Big Island Film Festival at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i

With three weeks to go before submissions close for the Big Island Film Festival at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i, Executive Director Leo Sears is confident that movie lovers will be captivated with a full slate of entertaining narrative films. The final deadline to enter is February 1, by direct submission with website submission forms, or […]

Call For Entries – Big Island Film Festival at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i

Big Island Film Festival at The Fairmont Orchid Hawai‘i is accepting film entry submissions through February 1, 2014.  Acclaimed as one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “Coolest Film Festivals,” the popular event series for filmmakers and film lovers takes place May 22-26, 2014 in an elegant oceanfront setting along Hawai‘i Island’s luxury Kohala Coast. Specializing in narrative […]

“Mad Men” and “Saturday Night Live” Stars Shine on Hawaii Island at the 2013 Big Island Film Festival

From sinister to seriously funny, this year’s Big Island Film Festival (BIFF) celebrity honorees bring some of the best talent in television to Hawaii over Memorial Day Weekend.  Vincent Kartheiser, “Pete Campbell” on the award-winning drama “Mad Men,” will appear in person, as will Kate McKinnon, featured player on the legendary “Saturday Night Live,” known […]

2013 Big Island Film Festival Coming in May

Acclaimed as one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “20 Can’t-Miss Festivals,” the Big Island Film Festival (BIFF) 2013 will take place May 23-27 at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i and The Shops at Mauna Lani.  A celebration of narrative filmmaking, BIFF 2013 includes film screenings, social events, screenwriting workshop and a closing night “Best of the Fest” with […]

2012 Year in Review – My Adventures This Year

Well once again the year is coming to an end and I like to thank everyone for reading my site and making it one of the more well known sites here on the Big Island.  A lot has happened this year… I haven’t been quite as busy as previous years as I made a commitment […]

Waimea Ocean Film Festival Opens January 3 – Ocean Experience, Ocean Environment, Island Culture

The Waimea Ocean Film Festival (Ocean Film) offers a stellar lineup of films and special guests January 3-11, 2013.  The festival headlines several TEDx and TED global speakers; world, US and Hawai’i premieres; plus a non-stop schedule of 39 stunning and thought-provoking films, breakfast talks and special cultural exhibits and events. The festival runs at […]

2013 Waimea Ocean Film Festival Coming Up – GoPro Joins Ocean Film Fest

The Waimea Ocean Film Festival (Ocean Film) offers a stellar lineup of films and special guests for 2013. The festival headlines several TEDx and TED global speakers; world, US and Hawai’i premieres; plus a non-stop schedule of stunning and thought-provoking films, breakfast talks and special cultural exhibits and events. The festival runs January 3-11, starting […]

Vote for Your Favorite Student Film by November 26

Eleven short films created by island students for the park’s Digital Mountain Film Festival are ready for viewing and voting on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/DigitalMountain2012?feature=watch. Each film is approximately three minutes in length. The last day to vote is Mon., Nov. 26. Send votes to Park Ranger Kūpono McDaniel by email at kupono_mcdaniel@nps.gov. The public is also […]