JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COMHawaii International Film Festival executive director Robert Lambeth.
Hawaii International Film Festival executive director Robert Lambeth.
Robert Lambeth, executive director of HIFF, said the decision was reached after discussions with "key founding members" of the much smaller film festival - including Jefferson Finney, who served as EuroCinema Hawaii president until December, and founding board member Princess Dialta Alliata di Montereale.
The growth of EuroCinema Hawaii
, which screened a dozen films during its run last fall, was at the heart of that decision, Lambeth
wanted to add more films and have HIFF handle local ground transportation for its VIPs, which would become prohibitively expensive, Lambeth
said in a telephone interview from Germany, where he
was attending the Berlin Film Festival.
"There were no negotiations since October - there couldn't be because Robert
kept saying he had to meet with his board," Lee said.
desire in the beginning was to help this festival get on its feet," Lambeth
said in his
"It is now on its feet.
It has a great legacy, and we are proud of the legacy.
We are proud of the help we have given EuroCinema Hawaii
for the last five years, and we are very happy to support them as they get on their own two feet."
also stressed that the partnership with EuroCinema Hawaii
was never more than year to year.
"You can't terminate something that is not active," he