The Eighth Annual Hawai'i European Film Festival Moves to Spring 2017 and Welcomes New Board Members




Honolulu, HI (January 19, 2017) Hawai`i European Cinema Film Festival [], presented by Luxury Row, is pleased to announce its highly acclaimed annual film festival will take place March 24-26, 2017 with its starlit red carpet awards gala to be held on Friday, March 31, 2017 at The Moana Surfrider.

“We are thrilled with the festival’s move to Spring 2017. It supports the marketing objectives of our presenting sponsors and welcomes the stunning revitalization of our film venue partner, Consolidated Theatres. The new dates also allow the Festival and its intercultural mission to serve the community more effectively during an opportune industry month,” said Patrick Gey, President of the Hawaii European Film Festival.

2015-2016 was a banner year of success for Hawaii European Cinema, in its inaugural debut as an independent festival with sold-out screenings, distinguished filmmaker panels, and the extraordinary attendance of legendary French actress Catherine Deneuve at the illustrious awards gala.  HEC also announced a prestigious annual scholarship pledge exclusively for Hawaii from The Hollywood Foreign Press Association to support students in the University of Hawaii Academy for Creative Media. Hawaii’s only European Film Festival continues to thrive with community loyalty while garnering global industry acclaim.  

In addition, The Hawaii European Cinema Film Festival welcomes new celebrated board members:

About Zinc Lin –Treasurer 

Born in Taiwan and immigrated to Singapore before moving to the US, Zinc resided briefly in California and Texas prior to relocating to Hawaii. Although he graduated from University of Hawaii at Manoa with a degree in Biology, he pursued a career in luxury retail after choosing Honolulu as home. Zinc's professional experience began at Louis Vuitton where he fulfilled various management roles. It was then he enrolled in Hawaii Pacific University's graduate program where he completed his MBA. More recently he spent a year with Tiffany & Co. before returning to LVMH as Boutique Manager at Christian Dior.

About Jill Kuramoto – Secretary and Director of Guest Relations 

Jill is a veteran journalist, a long-time resident of Hawaii, and an active member in the community serving on several non-profit boards and committees. She is currently the Director of Communications for the Hawaii State Senate.  During her two decades in broadcast journalism, Jill has won awards for her work as a reporter and anchor, which took her from reporting on the red carpet to covering natural disasters. She brings with her a broad background in media and community relations, as well as utility industry and government relations.

About Jon Duarte – Marketing and Branding 

A graduate of the University of California Los Angeles’ digital media and graphic design program, Mr. Duarte possesses more than 20 years of experience as a creative force in the graphic and multimedia design industry. Following his studies at UCLA, he organized and established internal systems for the design department at, an Internet search engine company. He later moved on to serve as the executive creative director for, an online purveyor of confectionery items. At eCandy, he led a creative team that developed the company’s identity system and designed the architecture and consumer content for its e-commerce website. Compelled by the desire to fulfill his vision of design excellence and integrity, he founded Jon Duarte Communications in 1996 (later named Jon Duarte Design Group in 2005). What started out as a small graphic design company has since grown into a unique, full-service design firm specializing in branding and corporate identity systems that take form in a diverse array of media. Jon Duarte Design Group services clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to local small businesses. The American Institute for Graphic Arts (AIGA), the premier professional organization for graphic design in the country, placed Mr. Duarte’s work at the top in the state several times. His company has won numerous accolades, including a national ADDY® Award for website design, a Telly Award for video production, and a Best in Show Pele Award in graphic design in 2006. Mr. Duarte was also inducted into the Pacific Business News “40 Under 40” Class of 2009 — an award honoring young business professionals who “make a difference in Hawaii’s economy and community.”  Mr. Duarte’s work has appeared in several graphic design publications in the United States, Canada, and Japan. He has also taught corporate identity and motion graphics at the University of Hawai`i – Kapiolani Community College and served on the board of advisors for the college’s new media arts program. 


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Presenting Sponsor:

Luxury Row

Major Sponsors:

Dr. Lawrence K.W. Tseu

Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa

Hawaii Tourism Authority

Hawaiian Airlines


Supporting Sponsors:

Consolidated Theatres Ward with TITAN XC

Hollywood Foreign Press Association

Sunny DuPree Family Foundation

Vittorio Alliata di Montereale

Hawaii Life One (HL1) & Christie’s

Galleria Allegra Ravizza

Moet & Chandon

Hawaii News Now

Southern Wine & Spirits


About Hawaii European Cinema

Founded and Incorporated as a 501c3 in 2009, Hawai`i European Cinema is dedicated to cultural exchanges between the people of Europe and Hawai'i through film and to providing financial support to Hawaii-based creative media students.  Our Hawai`i European Cinema annually showcases the very best films of Europe. 

French director Jean Cocteau quotes, “Il faut faire aujourd’hui ce que tout le monde fera demain” - "Today we must do what everyone will do tomorrow”.

It will be my mission to accomplish and pursue the development of HEC for what it must be tomorrow.” said Patrick Gey, President of Hawai`i European Cinema.
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