November 12th, 2014
The 2014 EuroCinema Awards Gala took place Saturday at the Moana Surfrider, with former Bond girl Barbara Carrera on hand to serve as mistress of ceremonies, the recognition of Hawaii's best student film and the presentation of the Rising Star Award to Australian actor Brenton Thwaites.
Thwaites, who starred in "Maleficient" and "The Giver," is working on adventure thriller "Gods of Egypt" with Gerard Butler and has two more films, "Ride" and "Son of a Gun," in post-production.
EuroCinema Hawai'i, a "festival within a festival" within the Hawai'i International Film Festival, aims to advance cultural understanding and exchange between the peoples of Europe and Hawaii through film, as well as support future filmmakers of Hawaii with a generous sponsorship of $5,000 from the Sunny Dupree Family Foundation.
This year's winner, Kali Kasashima, who directed "N. King," received a $1,000 cash prize and a matching cash award for his school, the University of Hawaii Academy for Creative Media. Additionally, ACM will receive a new $3,000 production scholarship to be awarded to students based on screenplays and budgets reviewed by members of the EuroCinema Hawaii Board and the Sunny Dupree Family Foundation.
The juried winner was determined by the Golden Globes’ Aida Takla-O’Reilly, editor and composer John Ottman and producer Julie Corman.
The student nominees:
» Nicholas Bresnan: "Cadence," Henry J. Kaiser High School; https://vimeo.com/105828364 (Password: hiff)
» Erin Lau: "Day pass," University of Hawaii at Manoa, ACM; https://vimeo.com/100621793 (Password: HIFF)
» Kali Kasashima: "N. King," UHM ACM; https://vimeo.com/93328291 (Password: nKing)
» Paisley Mares (writer/director) and Kristin Briones (producer): "Winter for the May Queen," UHM ACM; https://vimeo.com/87987761 (Password: tofu)
» Jake Nowicki: "Bicycle," UHM ACM; https://vimeo.com/100373999 (Password: acm)
The evening's award winners:
» The Princess Dialta Alliata di Montereale Award for Best Film: "The Imitation Game," (UK/USA)
» Best Actor: Benedict Cumberbatch, "The Imitation Game"
» Best Actress: Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Italy's "Human Capital"
» Best Director: Morten Tyldum, "The Imitation Game"
» Best Student Film: "N. King," directed by Kali Kasashima
» The Prince and Princess Kawananakoa Rising Star Award: Brenton Thwaites, "The Giver"
» Lifetime Achievement Award”: Roger and Julie Corman, New Line Cinema (sponsored by Christina Hassell)
Some of the night's edibles:
Click here for more Pulse photos from this year's awards gala.
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