We are proud to present Taika Waititi with the HIFF Pacific Islanders in Communications Trailblazer Award!
This new award is given to a cinema artist of Pacific Islander heritage who broadens the scope of Pacific Islander stories onto the world stage, producing award winning work in independent and global cinema, becoming a trendsetter in their field and a cultural ambassador that shines a spotlight on Pacific Islander culture in mainstream media.
This honoree is a true trailblazer, whose work aligns with our mission - is to support, advance, and develop Pacific Island media content and talent that results in a deeper understanding of Pacific Island history, culture, and contemporary challenges.
At this year's star-studded HIFF Awards Gala, other honorees will include Bill Pullman (Halekulani Lifetime Achievement Award), Masato Harada (Halekulani Golden Maile Career Achievement Award), and Simon Baker (Halekulani Maverick Award).
For more information please visit the HIFF37 Awards & Juries page.