Jeannette Paulson Hereniko launched the Hawaii International Film Festival in 1981 to promote cultural understanding about Asia, Pacific and the United States through film, and remained the festival director until 1996. In 1990, she was the first director of the Palm Springs International Film Festival. As a founding board member of NETPAC, she established NETPAC/USA in 1994. She has served on film festival juries in Berlin, Rotterdam, Pusan, Singapore, Mumbai, Brisbane and Osian’s-Cinefan in New Delhi. As the Director of the Asia Pacific Media Center at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Center for Communication from 1996 to 2005, she started the website: This evolved into a subscription website that streams movies and provides information about contemporary Asian and Pacific Island film cultures for universities and organisations interested in Asia and the Pacific. In 2007 and 2008, she served as an international consultant for the American Film Institute’s Project 20/20. Ms Hereniko produced an award-winning 2004 feature film from Fiji, The Land has Eyes. Currently she is President of Te Maka Productions, Inc., NETPAC/USA and iFilm Connections Asia & Pacific.

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