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The 2019 HIFF Hall of Fame Award was personally accepted by COBRA KAI star MARTIN KOVE (The Karate Kid; Rambo; "Cagney & Lacey"; Wyatt Earp) at HIFF’s Opening Night Celebrations on May 17, 2019

HIFF’s Lifetime Humanitarian Award was personally accepted by superstar TV host/actor/professional wrestler GOVERNOR JESSE VENTURA (Predator; The Running Man; “Conspiracy Theory”). A tribute video honoring Governor Ventura’s one-and-only career was played directly before the award presentation.

The 2019 HIFF Gala Awards Ceremony, was held on
May 23, 2019. The ceremony is an Oscar-like event, with
all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, including:

Hosted by superstar stand-up comedian GILBERT GOTTFRIED (Problem Child; Aladdin; “Saturday Night Live”)

2019 HIFF Excellence in Acting Award was personally accepted by famed actor JASON LONDON (Dazed and Confused; Man on the Moon; The Rage: Carrie 2) ​

Celebrity & Industry Personnel Award Presenters

Live Award Presentations to the World’s Leading Independent Filmmakers and Actors

Clips from all Nominated Films in all Categories

Cash Prizes Awarded in Multiple Categories

Past winners of the HIFF Lifetime Achievement Award include Louis Gossett Jr (Academy Award winner; An Officer and a Gentleman, Iron Eagle, “Roots”); Burt Young (Academy Award nominee; Rocky; Back to School; Rocky sequels); Eric Roberts (Academy Award nominee; The Pope of Greenwich Village; The Expendables; The Specialist); Robert Loggia (Academy Award & Emmy Nominee; Scarface; Independence Day; Jagged Edge; Big); Cloris Leachman (Academy Award, 4-Time Golden Globe,19-Time Emmy Winner & Nominee); Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas; The Firm; Romeo + Juliet; Nixon); Danny Aiello (Academy Award Nominee; Moonstruck; Do the Right Thing; The Professional; 29th Street); Armand Assante (4-time Golden Globe/2-time Emmy Winner & Nominee; “Gotti”; American Gangster; Private Benjamin); Billy Dee Williams (Empire Strikes Back; Return of the Jedi; Batman; Lady Sings the Blues; Emmy nominee), Carroll Baker (Academy Award Nominee & Golden Globe Winner; How the West Was Won; Baby Doll, Kindergarten Cop); and Charles Durning (2-Time Academy Award, 4-Time Golden Globe, 8-Time Emmy winner & nominee; Tootsie; The Sting; O’ Brother Where Art Thou).

Past winners of the HIFF Excellence in Acting Award & Excellence in Writing Award include Michael Biehn (Terminator; Tombstone; The Seventh Sign); Tia Carrere (Grammy Award Winner; True Lies; Wayne’s World; Lilo & Stich); Joyce DeWitt (“Three’s Company”; Rock Story; Snapshot); and Mike Starr (Dumb & Dumber; The Black Dhalia; Summer of Sam; Ed Wood); and Karen McCullah (Legally Blonde; Ella Enchanted; 10 Things I Hate About You; The House Bunny).

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Watch the HIFF Video Highlights Reel on this page, and then name five of the six Academy Award nominated actors who appear in the reel.

Email your answer to [email protected]. Include with your answer your name and email address. If you answer correctly, you will be notified by return email and HIFF Chairman Kenneth Del Vecchio will give you TWO FREE ALL-MOVIE PASSES to the 2019 HIFF, which allows you to get into over 150 movie screenings for free!

You can answer every day, but only one email per person each day. All-Movie Passes do not include Opening Night and the Gala Awards Ceremony.

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