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HIFF awards reception

Delegates, judges and filmmakers gathered Tuesday at Washington Place for the reception

Posted October 17, 2012 by Ed Morita

After a successful opening weekend of the Hawaii International Film Festival, delegates, judges and filmmakers gathered Tuesday at Washington Place for the HIFF awards reception.

Things started out with the first-ever HIFF Humanitarian award given to the film, “Amazon Gold,” which brought attention to the destruction of the Amazon rainforest in pursuit of illegally mined gold.

There was also another first, as the first-ever film from the Philippines, “Apparition” directed by Vincent Sandoval won the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NetPAC) award.

Here’s the rest of this year’s winners

Humanitarian Award- “Amazon Gold” directed and produced by Reuben Aaronson. Producers Sarah DuPont, James Cavello.

NetPAC Award- “Apparition” by Vincent Sandoval. Accepted on behalf of the director by Paul Raymund Cortes, Deputy Consul General at Philippine Consulate General

Vision in Film Award – Sundance Institute Native Program accepted by N. Bird Runningwater.

Golden Orchid for Best Documentary – “Where Heaven Meets Hell” Directed by Sasha Friedlander

Golden Orchid for Best Narrative Film – “Key of Life” directed by Kenji Uchida

Photos from the event

HIFF Awards (1 of 16)

HIFF Awards

Photo by Ed Morita


About Ed Morita

Ed Morita spent more than a decade working as a pastry chef at some of the country's premiere resorts and restaurants, including the Halekulani Hotel, The Greenbrier Resort & Spa in West Virginia, Bay Harbor Yacht Club in Michigan and Longhi’s Restaurant in Honolulu. After a near-career-ending injury forced him out of the kitchen, he embarked on a new career as a food writer, photographer and blogger for Metromix Honolulu and Nonstop Honolulu (, where he now writes the Baker's Hours blog. He's also entered the realm of politics, serving as the photography captain for the Abercrombie for Governor campaign in 2010, then becoming Gov. Abercrombie's official photographer until 2012 when he became the Social Media Director for the Mazie Hirono for U.S. Senate campaign. He's excited and honored to be the official blogger for the 2012 Hawaii Food & Wine Festival. You can follow Ed's adventures online at

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