The first week of the 13th annual Hawaiian Film Festival wrapped Nov. 12 with most of the event’s 140 pix unspooled, free of charge, for about 65,000 people.
At the closing ceremony, Japan’s Kazuo Miyagawa was feted with this year’s Eastman Kodak Award for excellence in cinematography, although the 85-year-old lenser was too ill to attend.
The top prize, the East-West Center Award (given by a jury including Charles Champlin, Japanese critic Kanako Hayashi and Berlin co-topper Ulrich Gregor), went to Cannes winner “The Blue Kite,” from China. The docu award went to Israeli-American Micha Peled for his “Will My Mother Go Back to Berlin?”
The Hawaii Filmmakers Award went to Judy Weightman and Ryan Sexton for “From Hawaii to the Holocaust: A Shared Moment in History,” and the Hawaii Screenwriting Award gold was given to Hohn Moccia for “Slow Dancing in Paradise, ” with the silver split between Collin Chang and Derek Shirae.
A first-ever IMAX jury divided its prize between “Beavers” and “Flight of the Aquanaut,” both Canadian productions.
Other fest nods went to Toru Okuyama, topper of Japan’s Shochiku theater chain, and to the London-based producers of Channel 4’s multicultural “South” series.