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Call for entries for the 2010 Big Island Film Festival

Executive Director Leo Sears with winners of the 2009 Golden Honu Awards.

Executive Director Leo Sears with winners of the 2009 Golden Honu Awards.


Movie magic under Hawaii stars helps make the Big Island Film Festival one of MovieMaker Magazine’s 2009 Top 25 “Coolest Film Festivals,” and independent filmmakers are encouraged to experience the excitement. The Big Island Film Festival is now accepting films for its 4th annual event May 12-16, 2010.

Narrative short films (30 minutes or less) and feature length films (60 minutes or more) completed after January 1, 2009 will be considered. Only narrative films are eligible; no documentaries are accepted. Deadlines are: “Early Bird” November 1, 2009, Regular January 1, 2010, Late/Final February 1, 2010. “Early Bird” entry fees are $50 Feature, $40 Short, $30 Student. Films shot in Hawaii or from filmmakers who live in Hawaii receive a 25% discount on entry fees (verification required).

The Festival’s “Golden Honu Awards” will be given to the best feature and short films in Overall, Family, Student, Animated, Foreign and Hawaii categories at a special Awards Brunch to honor the filmmakers and their works.
Several past entries have been purchased or received major TV, film and DVD distribution. One, Pule Wailele, after its world premiere at the Big Island Film Festival, screened to sold-out houses at Maui Film Festival and received national coverage for its depiction of the Hawaiian model of environmental awareness. Filmmaker, John Zak traveled to Zurich, Switzerland in August 2007 to present the film, which received an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response. Pule Wailele is distributed by The Islander Group/Booklines Hawaii.

The Big Island “Talk Story” Film Festival is a celebration of narrative filmmaking, with international narrative features and shorts, Actor and Filmmaker Salutes, Filmmaker Panels, Awards Brunch and social opportunities for networking and making new friends in film. Movies, special events, Hawaiian culture and music, all embraced by the spirit of Aloha, help the Big Island Film Festival grow into a premier event to share with the world.

For submission rules and application visit For further information call 808-883-0394.

Last year’s Hawaiian Film winner was Guillermo Navarro with his movie Relapse.

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