2021 Awards 

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

Best Feature Film

For feature length narrative or documentary films.


- Swarm Season, directed by Sarah J Christman

- Tokyo Hula, directed by Lisette Marie Flanary

- Waikiki P.D., directed by Jeff Orig

Best Short Film

Narrative or documentary short or episodic content.


- Kama'aina, directed by Kimi Howl Lee

- Molokaʻi Bound, directed by Alika Maikau

-- The Pit Where We Were Born, directed by Alexander Bocchieri

Best Cinematography

For narrative or documentary films of any length.


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

- Sequela, directed by Nathaniel Lee Tracy

- Swarm Season, directed by Sarah J Christman

'Ike Loa Award

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


- Charity, 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. 


- Doors, directed by BrainInACat

- Good Day Song, directed by Dane Neves


- You Were Once Wild, directed by Dom Walczuk

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