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 opportunities, celebrity receptions, screenwriting workshop and a closing night “Best of the Fest” with a top Hawaiian music concert and movies chosen from Festival entries.

Last year’s celebrity honorees included Hawai‘i actresses Kristina Anapau (“Black Swan”, “True Blood”) and Sarah Wayne Callies (“Prison Break”, “The Walking Dead”).

Sarah Wayne Callies and Kristina Anapau

Sarah Wayne Callies and Kristina Anapau

Narrative short films (30 minutes or less) and feature length (60 minutes or more) completed after January 1, 2010 will be considered.  Deadlines are:

  •  Early Bird – November 1, 2011.  Early Bird Entry Fees: $50 Feature, $40 Short, $30 Student
  •  Regular – January 1, 2012.  Regular Entry Fees: $60 Feature, $50 Short, $35 Student
  •  Late/Final February 1, 2012.  Late Entry Fees:  $70 Feature, $60 Short, $40 Student

All films shot in Hawaii or created by filmmakers who live in Hawaii receive a 25% discount on entry fees (verification required).

BIFF 2012’s “Golden Honu” will be awarded to the Best Feature and Best Short in Family, Student, Animated, Foreign, Hawaii and Audience Choice categories at a special Awards Brunch to honor the filmmakers and their works on Monday, May 28.  Numerous alumni films have won awards at prestigious film festivals around the world, and achieved commercial success in the industry.

Some of the 2011 winners of the Big Island Film Festival

Big Island Film Festival Director Leo Sears (in red) and some of the 2011 winners of the Big Island Film Festival

BIFF 2011 Best Foreign Film “The Drummond Will” has been acquired by House Lights Media Partners for Theatrical and Non-Theatrical North American distribution.  Audience Choice 2011, the made-in-Hawai‘i comedy “Get A Job”, was screened in Spain during the Marbella Film Festival and has enjoyed a successful festival circuit release, as have “The Dead Inside”, “Uncle Melvin’s Apartment” and numerous other BIFF alumni film projects.  “Lunatics, Lovers, and Poets” (BIFF 2009) was distributed in 10 states through Carmike Cinemas, and by North American Home Entertainment DVD contract with Seminal Films.  “Remarkable Power” starring Kevin Nealon (2009 BIFF Best Feature) was released through most cable outlets as a PPV title before DVD release.  “Two Tickets to Paradise” (BIFF 2008), and “Rain in the Mountains” and “Sixes and the One-Eyed King” (BIFF 2007) have been released on DVD.

“We are extremely grateful and very excited to be working on the seventh annual Big Island Film Festival with our resort partners at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i and The Shops at Mauna Lani.  There aren’t too many places more beautiful and inspiring—than here under the stars and the tropical palm trees—to watch your film and enjoy the company of fellow artists from all over the world,’” said Executive Director Leo Sears.  “With our new dates over the Memorial Day holiday, we’re hoping filmmakers and film-lovers will start a new Memorial Weekend tradition, come join us, relax, and enjoy meeting fellow artists and appreciative audiences.”

Kristina Anapau in front of the Fairmont Orchid at Mauna Lani

Kristina Anapau in front of the Fairmont Orchid at Mauna Lani

The Big Island “Talk Story” Film Festival is a celebration of narrative filmmaking, with free family films under the stars at The Shops at Mauna Lani, international features and shorts screened days and evenings at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i, stellar social events, celebrity receptions, screenwriting workshops, film awards and much more in an outstanding island setting.

For submission rules and application visit www.BigIslandFilmFestival.com.  For further information call 808-883-0394.

KOA Puna 2011 Toys for Tots Campaign

KOA Puna MC is at it again with the kickstart of the 2011 Toys for Tots Campaign. This year they have a list of 400 keiki that have requested Christmas gifts from Santa and the club has a series of events scheduled to raise money and collect new toys for the drive.

Started in 1947 by the United States Marine Corps, the Toys for Tots program has collected and distributed over 500 million toys in the U.S. Every year, many groups, individuals, organizations and corporations have helped to raise money and collect new toys for kids, and this year in Puna the Toys for Tots drive is going strong. Working in association with the Maku’u Farmer’s Association, and local businesses, the club is working toward the goal of raising  $10,000.00 to gift 400 toys to local keiki.

Schedule of events: 

Every Sunday through Nov. 19th. KOA Puna MC will have a booth at the Maku’u Farmer’s Market to accept donations for the Toys for Tots drive or you can “adopt” a keiki for Christmas and donate 25.00 to buy them a gift from Santa. At the booth, the club is also accepting any re-saleable items to raise additional money and you can drop off a new toy for the 0-11 year old keiki’s.

Friday, October 21st. The Pahoa Village Club joins hands with KOA Puna MC with live music and entertainment 8pm. to 1 am. $5.00 cover charge will be donated to the local Toys for Tots drive.

November 19th. 10 am. to 2 pm. A time to bring everyone together at the Maku’u Farmer’s Market site for a fun day of music, food and fun. Boucny toys for the keiki and more! This event will be the final wrap-up for the Toys for Tots program, so bring the whole family for this huge event.

There are 2 other events that are pending and will be posted soon, so stay tuned. For more information on this program, please call Auntie Paula at 808-896-5537. We are asking that ANY local media, including bloggers to pick up this story to share with the Punaverse. Please contact me at josprey1@gmail.com.

For those of you that are out of the area and want to donate or “adopt” a keiki, please send checks to: Maku’u Farmer’s Association.
15-2131 Keaua Pahoa Hwy.
Pahoa, Hi. 96778

Please mark checks: Toys for Tots

Mahalo. J.Osprey

APEC 2011 Road Closures, Parking Restrictions and General Convention Center Area Rules

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) will hold its Leaders Week November 7-13 in Honolulu, Hawai’i.  Senior Official and Ministerial meetings for Leaders Week will take place from Tuesday, November 8, 2011, through Friday, November 11, 2011, at the Hawai’i Convention Center.

APEC 2011

Transportation restrictions in the vicinity of the Hawai’i Convention Center have been developed to ensure the safety and security of the APEC delegates.  Every effort has been made to mitigate the impact of these safety measures.  The public’s cooperation and patience is appreciated during this time.

Road closures, parking restrictions, and changes to public transportation routes and public works services will be necessary during these APEC meetings.  Additional restrictions will be implemented for the Leaders Meetings beginning the evening of November 11 through November 13.  Information on those changes will be forthcoming from the appropriate agencies.

Additions or updates to this plan may be made prior to the start of the event.

Convention Center Area Road Closures and Restrictions

Road closures will begin daily at approximately 6 a.m. and continue through approximately 7 p.m., on Tuesday, November 8, and ending on Friday, November 11.  No parking will be permitted on the following streets from November 8 through 11.  Fencing and other physical barriers, as well as uniformed law enforcement officers, will be in place to assist the public with traffic flow and identifying the closed roads.  “No Parking” signs will be posted.

Vehicular traffic will be limited to vehicles with a law enforcement purpose on the following roadways:

  • Kapiolani Boulevard, all lanes, from Kalakaua Avenue to Atkinson Drive.
  • Atkinson Drive, all lanes, from Kona Street to Kapiolani Boulevard.

Vehicular traffic will be limited but not closed on the following roadway:

  • Kalakaua Avenue, from Kapiolani Boulevard to the Ala Wai Canal will be open, but with reduced lanes.

There will be intermittent closures of other intersections in the vicinity of the Hawai’i Convention Center that may temporarily affect vehicular and pedestrian movement.

Special accommodations for area residents:  There will be a 24-hour modified traffic pattern for Kahakai Drive from Monday, November 7 through Sunday, November 13.  Access to Kahakai Drive from Atkinson Drive will be closed.  Area residents will be permitted to enter via the small private lane between the Atkinson Towers and Jade apartment buildings located at 419A Atkinson Drive.

Convention Center Area Parking Restrictions

No parking will be allowed at any time from Monday, November 7 through Sunday, November 13 in affected areas.  Vehicular parking restrictions will be coordinated and enforced by the Honolulu Department of Transportation Services and the Honolulu Police Department.  Appropriate signs will be posted and enforced on the following roadways:

  • Kahakai Drive, both sides, throughout the entire length of the street.
  • Kapiolani Boulevard, both sides, from Kaheka Street to Kalakaua Avenue.
  • Kalauokalani Way, both sides, from Makaloa Street to Kapiolani Boulevard.

The following parking prohibition will be enforced 24 hours-per-day from Tuesday, November 8 through Sunday, November 13:

  •  Atkinson Drive, Kokohead (South) side only, from Ala Moana Boulevard to Kapiolani Boulevard.
  •  Hobron Lane, ewa (North) side, from Kaioo Drive to Ala Moana Boulevard.
  •  Hilton Hawaiian Lagoon parking lot-Harbors division.
  •  Koa Avenue, makai side, 100 feet ewa (West) of Uluniu Avenue.
  •  Ohua Avenue, ewa (West) side, makai of Kuhio Avenue.
  •  Beachwalk, both sides, from South King Street to Kalakaua Avenue.

No parking will be permitted Tuesday, November 8 through Friday, November 11 between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on the following roadways:

  •  Kaheka Street, Koko Head (South) side from Kapiolani Boulevard to S. King Street.
  •  Makaloa Street, both sides from Kalakaua Avenue to Sheridan Street.
  • McCully Street, both sides, from South King Street to Kalakaua Avenue.

The following parking prohibition will be enforced for 24 hours on Friday,

November 11:

  • Beretania Street, makai (South) side only, from Punahou Street to Kalakaua Avenue.

Please exercise caution while parking in these areas during APEC Leaders’ Week to ensure compliance with the temporary parking restrictions.

Convention Center Area Pedestrian Restrictions

The following sidewalks and walkways will be continuously closed from Monday, November 7 through Sunday, November 13:

  •  Atkinson Drive, Kokohead (South) side only, from Kahakai Drive to Kapiolani Boulevard.
  •  Kapiolani Boulevard, Kokohead (South) side only, from Atkinson Drive to Kalakaua Avenue.
  •  Kalakaua Avenue, makai (West) side only, from Kapiolani Boulevard to Ala Wai Boulevard.
  •  The Promenade walkway from Kalakaua Avenue to the security barricade makai (South) of Kahakai Drive.

The following crosswalks will be closed 24 hours-per-day from Monday, November 7 through Sunday, November 13:

  • Atkinson Drive/Kapiolani Boulevard, makai (South) side crosswalk.
  • Kapiolani Boulevard/Kalakaua Avenue, Ewa (West) side crosswalk.
  • Kalakaua Avenue/Pau Street.

Pedestrian traffic inside the restricted areas will be permittedfor owners/employees of local businesses that fall within the secure area. Credentials issued by the U.S. Secret Service or the Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security will be required to gain access.

Public Transportation

Routes 3, 9, and CityExpress A will be detoured in the Convention Center area from Tuesday, November 8 through Friday, November 11 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Specific detour information will be disseminated by the Department of Transportation Services and Oahu Transit Service, Inc.

The public is urged to reduce non-essential travel into and out of the Waikiki-Ala Moana area as traffic is expected to be congested, thereby negatively affecting the schedule of the buses.

City Trash Collection

The traffic associated with the road closures may affect services delivered by Honolulu’s Department of Environmental Services.  Up-to-date information on city provided trash collection will be available at www.opala.gov.

Online Information

Information and updates will be available online through the following websites:


Honolulu Police Department: 808-499-4653 or 808-499-4654

U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, 571-345-2499 (through November 3, 2011); 202-320-2434 (November 4-13, 2011)