Pinoy indies invade Hawaii
The Filipino independent film market continues to gather steam, this time, earning attention at the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) to be held from Oct. 13 to 23.
Some of the films that will be screened at the premier international film festival are “Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank,” “Busong,” “Thelma,” Ligo Na U, Lapit Na Me, “Rakenrol,” and “Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa.”
“Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa” starring Jean Garcia, Paulo Avelino, and Rocco Nacino is also nominated for the Halekulani Golden Orchid Award for Best Narrative Feature. Written and directed by Alvin Yapan, it tackles the story of a confused young man discovering his true gay self within the complexity afforded by poetry and dance.
According to its website, the HIFF began in 1981 and has been held annually since. It also features two smaller festivals, a one week festival in the spring known as the Spring Showcase or the Spring Fling, and a three day Korean Film Festival in August called K-Fest.