Friday, August 29, 2008

CHIEF wins accolodes at LA Short Film Festival

CHIEF - a short film written and directed by Brett Wagner and produced by Dana Satler Hankins, has won "Best Dramatic Short" at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival on August 22nd.

Jurors included actress Sandra Oh, HBO Executive Producer Andrew Reimer, and L.A. Weekly film critic Ernest Hardy. L.A. Shortsfest is an Academy Award accredited film festival whose winners are eligible to be nominated for an Oscar in the short film categories. CHIEF was among thousands of shorts submitted to the fest for consideration.

CHIEF's winning run started in January, when it became the first Hawaiian short film ever to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. IndieWIRE declared it "one of the 10 must-see shorts of the festival."

The film received a British Academy of Film and Television Certificate of Excellence and won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Short at the Maui Film Festival. CHIEF has been recently screened at the Festival of Pacific Arts in American Samoa.

Thanks to a sponsorship from Hawaiian Airlines, Wagner and lead actor Chief Sielu Avea were able to travel to Pago Pago and present the film to enthusiastic audiences at the quadrennial event. CHIEF's Honolulu premiere will take place in October at the Hawaii International Film Festival.

More about the movie - including styills and info available at