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New Zealand’s ‘Shadows’ Wins Hawaii Audience Prize

What We Do In the Shadows,” Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement’s New Zealand-made documentary-style comedy about three flatmates who happen to be vampires won the audience award for best narrative feature at the Hawaii International Film Festival.

The festival unspooled Oct. 30 to Nov. 9 in Oahu and then moved to the Big Island and Kauai Nov. 13-16.
 
The audience award for best documentary feature went to “Rise of the Wahine,” Dean Kaneshiro’s docu about how Title IX opened the windows of opportunity for Hawaiian women, with a focus on the University of Hawaii women’s volleyball team.
 
The award for best short film was given to “Lava,” James Ford Murphy’s musical animation about the love affair between two Hawaiian volcanos.
 
Now in its 34th edition, HIFF earlier announced Korean director Sung-Bo Shim’s “Haemoo” as the winner of its top Golden Orchid prize, while Greg Barker’s “We Are the Giant” was awarded a Golden Orchid for best documentary and Kanu Behl’s “Titli” scooped the NETPAC prize for emerging Asian filmmakers.
 

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