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Dates announced for 2017 European film fest

The Hawaii European Cinema Film Festival, which debuted in 2015 as an independent event and organization, has announced the dates for its 2017 schedule.

The annual film festival, presented by Luxury Row, will take place from March 24 through March 26. A red-carpet awards gala is scheduled for March 31 at the Moana Surfrider. Information on movie screenings and guest stars has not been released.

Hawaii European Cinema runs the festival to foster cultural exchanges between the people of Europe and Hawaii by showcasing “the very latest and best films of Europe,” according to a news release. The group also provides scholarships to University of Hawaii creative media students.

The Hawaii International Film Festival ended its partnership with the predecessor to the Hawaii European Cinema Film Festival, EuroCinema Hawaii, in February 2015. The following October, Hawaii European Cinema launched as an independent festival with screenings and filmmaker panels. The 2015 festival premiere was also distinguished by the attendance of French film star Catherine Deneuve at its awards gala.

New board members include Zinc Lin, boutique manager at Christian Dior, as treasurer; Jill Kuramoto, director of communications for the Hawaii State Senate, as secretary and director of guest relations; and Jon Durate, founder/owner of the Jon Duarte Design Group, as director of marketing and branding.

In addition to Hawaii European Cinema president Patrick Gey, general manager of Versace Hawaii, executive committee members include vice president Chris Lee, a film industry executive who helped found the Academy for Creative Media at UH. Board members include Princess Dialta Alliata di Montereale, the film festival founder, and Wanda Watumull, director of hospitality.

Get more information at hawaiieuropeancinema.org and facebook.com/EuroCinemaHawaii.

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