2009 Big Island Film Festival Award Winners

Well the 2009 Big Island Film Festival has come and gone and of course of folks on the East side of the Island didn’t get a chance to go see it unless they drove clear across the island.

I’ll try and do the next best thing.

Here are the awards as well as the trailers to some of the films that were shown.  I can’t find all of them unfortunately.

Best FeatureRemarkable Power


Best Short – The Line

Best Family Feature – The Controller[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VRu8Evx1HI&hl=en&fs=1]

Best Family Short – Batter Up

Best Hawaiian Feature – Relapse


Best Hawaiian Short – Rain

Best Student Feature – Rigged[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHMWMh7JSy0&hl=en&fs=1]

Best Student Short – Bohemibot[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfQYUEvIyms&hl=en&fs=1]

Best Animated Short – Hot Dog

Best Foreign Short – Gone Fishing

Barbara Award (Film Which Best Celebrates Children) – Hunter’s Adventure

Golden Honu Career Award for Acting – John Saxon

Golden Honu Career Award for Screenwriting – Ron Osborn

Audience Choice Feature – God’s Ears[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82a_dNMj-8I&hl=en&fs=1]

Audience Choice Short – Kung Fu Granny

One Response

  1. Thank you, Damon for finding so many trailers! The festival is always communicated in the most confusing manner possible. Start times, what you will see, where, it is overly complicated for such a short festival. They need professional help. I finally got myself down for the “best of the fest” – two shorts and the feature God’s Ears. The excellent acting and unlikely plot made f.or an interesting movie. I don’t want to pick apart the bad part. I told the actor/producer he was AMAZING in this film, playing a high functioning autistic. (or someone with autism-like symptoms).

    I am such a snob. I complain about the lack of high quality film festival here, and then don’t support the kind of lame one that hopefully will turn into a great one as its reputation builds and the tourists come back. So, next year it’s the “ali’i” pass for me and if it gets boring, I’ll go read on the beach or a nice shady spot.

    The west side is also working year after year to get the international hula competition thing going over here. that has been three years of slow going. It is mainly for Japanese and other groups to come do their thing and have an actual competition. The idea being to have a draw that is different, distinguished from the Merrie Monarch, but over here where we have tons of empty hotel rooms. Groups love to come to Hawaii and compete. International groups cant be in MM and some other groups are not good enuf to or don’t know the right people to get in the MM. But they can dance hula.

    Airfares are dropping fast. Room rates over here are really low. just ask about every special or pick up copies of NHN on line or at a newstand. Kama’aina discounts on reasonably priced beach lunches at the Orchid. There’s the pool, the ocean, the trail, the towels. go for it. They even valet park you (keep your lunch receipts on the odd chance they want it. We usually just walk out and give a nice tip to someone who could use it. Car hops don’t care if you ate or not, they just are working for tips, mainly.

    Well i have other tips like that i guess i should be sending to the “on the cheap” gals.

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