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HIFF39 Audience Award Winners

HIFF39 Audience Award Winners presented by Hawaii News Now: YELLOW ROSE, THE AUSTRALIAN DREAM and THE PIT WHERE WE WERE BORN20191119_124952.jpg

(From Top to Bottom): YELLOW ROSE (Best Narrative); THE AUSTRALIAN DREAM (Best Doc); & THE PIT WHERE WE WERE BORN (Best Short) 




Congratulations to the HIFF39 AUDIENCE AWARD Winners presented by Hawaii News Now. The audience ballots have been tabulated and here the 2019 Festival winners, according to HIFF's audiences in attendance: 



An undocumented Filipina dreams of leaving her Texas town to pursue country music, but, this changes when her mom is suddenly captured by ICE agents. Terrified, she flees to Austin and embarks on a musical journey of self-discovery.


When Aboriginal football player Adam Goodes called out someone who called him an ape, he triggered a national debate that brought to the surface the dark heart of racism beating in contemporary Australia.


BEST SHORT FILM: THE PIT WHERE WE WERE BORN directed by Alexander Bocchieri
A father and son reunite around the family 'imu of their Wai'anae farm, to reckon with a past that continues to color their future.


For a full list of HIFF39's Jury Award winners, head over to the HIFF Blog








HIFF39 goes to the Maui, Kauai and the Big Island from November 21-24





HIFF is bring the South Korean smash film and Cannes Palme d'Or winner PARASITE to Kauai and the Big Island this weekend!




The 39th Hawai‘i International Film Festival presented by Halekulani may be over on Oahu but it continues onward on the neighbor islands—Maui, Kauai and the Big Island of Hawai‘i—from November 21 through 24! Fest favorites like PARASITE, YELLOW ROSE, MAUNA KEA: THROUGH THE KIA‘I LENS, THE AUSTRALIAN DREAM and BLOOD QUANTUM will be screening this weekend. 


For the full program and schedule for the HIFF39 Neighbor Islands program, head over to the HIFF Blog.








Special Free Sneak Peek Screening of DARK WATERS tonight at 7pm 






dark-waters-soundtrack.jpgCatch an advance screening of DARK WATERS starring Mark Ruffalo, tonight at 7pm, at the Consolidated Ward 16. To gain access, download the FREE TICKET and bring it to the theater. 




From Participant (SPOTLIGHT, GREEN BOOK) and acclaimed director Todd Haynes comes DARK WATERS.  Inspired by a shocking true story, the film centers around a rising lawyer (Mark Ruffalo) who uncovers the dark secret that lies beneath the surface of a small town.  Launching a heroic one-man crusade to take on a powerful corporation, he risks everything – his future, his family and his own life – in order to expose the truth. View the Trailer!


Title: DARK WATERS (2019)

Directed by Todd Haynes | Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins, Bill Pullman, Mare Winningham

When: Tonight, November 20, 2019, 7:00pm start

Where: Consolidated Ward 16 (View Map)


Although FREE, a ticket is required. Download & Print Out




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