2021 Awards 

Award winners are selected by the Hawai'i Film Critics Society.

Best Feature Film

For feature length narrative or documentary films.

Tokyo Hula

directed by Lisette Marie Flanary


- Swarm Season, directed by Sarah J Christman

- Waikiki P.D., directed by Jeff Orig

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Best Cinematography

For narrative or documentary films of any length.

Swarm Season

 directed by Sarah J Christman

cinematography by Zara Popovici


- 'AILA'AU: Forest Eater directed by Lance Page

- Sequela, directed by Nathaniel Lee Tracy

Best Short Film

Narrative or documentary short or episodic content.

The Pit Where We Were Born

directed by Alexander Bocchieri


- Kama'aina, directed by Kimi Howl Lee

- Molokaʻi Bound, directed by Alika Maikau

'Ike Loa Award

Presented to a filmmaker exploring Native Hawaiian stories and identity and demonstrating excellent artistry, growth and expansion.


 directed by Mitchel Viernes


- Down on the Sidewalk in Waikīkī, directed by Justyn Ah Chong

-- This is the Way We Rise, directed by Ciara Lacy

Best Music Video

Best musical content with a focus on innovation + experimentation. 

You Were Once Wild 

directed by Dom Walczuk