Hawaii International Film Festival

Hawaii, USA


  • Established in 1981, the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) is dedicated to advance understanding and cultural exchange among the peoples of Asia, the Pacific and North America through the medium of film. From its beginning, the Festival's constant theme has been "When Strangers Meet". (from the festival's web site, 1998)


Achievement in Acting

Achievement in Directing

Achievement in Documentary Filmmaking

Audience Award

Best Animation

Best Documentary
  • In 1988, the winner of the "Best Documentary" was predetermined by the festival programmers. The next year, the award was dropped for various reasons. However in 1990, it was reinstated as an open competition.

Best Short Film

Career Achievement Award

Cause and F(X) Dream Digital Award

East-West Center Award

Emerging Filmmaker Award

EuroCinema Hawai'i Award

EuroCinema Hawai'i Lifetime Achievement Award

Excellence in Cinematography Award

Film in Hawaii Award

Golden Maile Award

Halekulani Career Achievement

Halekulani Golden Orchid Award

Halekulani Maverick Award

Hawaii Film and Videomakers Award

Hawaii Film and Videomakers Award - Honorable Mention

Humanitarian Award

Ka'u Ka Hoku Filmmaker Award

Lifetime Achievement Award

Local Short Film Award

Made in Hawaii Award

Mahalo Nui Loa Award

Make-a-Wish Hawaii Starlet Award

Maverick Award

Netpac Award

Netpac Award - Special Mention

Outstanding Industry Leadership Award

Outstanding Studio Award

Pacific Panorama Award

Renaissance Award

Rising Star Award

Special Jury Award

Special Mention

Video-on Demand Viewer's Choice Award

Vision in Film Award

Historical Timeline

  • In its first year (only) the award is given to a film, not a person.