The 37th annual Hawaii International Film Festival recently wrapped up screening of films at the renown festival.
Audience members were given ballots and a chance to select the best of the films and documentaries for special audience awards.
The winners are below:
Audience Choice for Narrative Feature: JIMAMI TOFU
Synopsis: When ambitious Singaporean chef Ryan’s wife Yuki suddenly disappears, it leaves him reeling. In an effort to find her, he sets off to her hometown in Okinawa searching for clues. While Yuki is nowhere in sight, he discovers flavors beyond his imagination at Yuki’s family’s restaurant. With the help of childhood friend Nami, Ryan convinces Yuki’s father to teach him his secret recipes. But when Yuki’s father falls ill, will Ryan have what it takes to take over the family business? And win back Yuki along the way?
Audience Choice for Documentary Feature: OUT OF STATE
Synopsis: Two native Hawaiians, imprisoned in the Arizona desert, discover their indigenous traditions from a fellow inmate serving a life sentence. Upon finishing their terms, the two return to Hawaii, eager to prove to themselves and to their families that this experience has changed them forever. As they struggle with the hurdles of life as formerly incarcerated men, the film begs the question: can you really go home again? OUT OF STATE was also awarded the
Best Made in Hawaii Feature by the MADE IN HAWAII Jury.
Audience Choice for Short Film: WILDER PALMS
Synopsis: Set in Hawaii, Rin is a seven year old girl who is on the verge of being separated from her mother. After a tense encounter with a representative from Child Protective Services, Rin is forced to choose between retreating to her imagination or facing a new reality. WILDER PALMS was also awarded the Best Made in Hawaii Short by the MADE IN HAWAII Jury.
For more information on audience award winners, click here.
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