The opening press conference for HIFF was held at the Rum Fire Waikiki. Hawaii’s economy was one topic discussed at the conference. HIFF helps to bring more money, jobs, and culture to Hawaii. Some people plan their vacations so they are in Hawaii during the festival. There are more people in our hotels during this time and more people using our public transportation. A number of jobs open up during the festival as well and this helps those who are having trouble finding work. Hawaii has benefited from the festival economically but also culturally because it gives local filmmakers a chance to tell their story too. HIFF builds “greater relationships between Hawaii and the world” and it “inspires dialogue between cultures…film is a universal media between us.”
The impact of technology on filmmaking was another topic of discussion at the conference. Quality cameras are more available now then they were in the past. “Digital has revolutionized film.” More people have the ability to make films and the directors at the press conference were encouraging young people to take risks and go for their goals. The Internet has changed film as well by making the “film process quicker.” Social media is a must! Social media gets people to participate in the process. You Tube can get your name out there. The Internet provides many platforms that can help in the film business. One director even admitted that part of the script for his movie was written via Facebook chat. Filmmakers have embraced technology and they intend to take advantage of what it has to offer.