2011 HIFF Post-production reflection.
The 2010 Hawaii international film festival was a first time experience. One observation made was this year’s movie selections, compared to last year, had an overwhelming number of good movies from various countries and, judging from the previews, the movies were of good quality. Initially, the plan was to watch a couple of movies, since passes for all movies were made available, but was unable to do this.
The festival was held at Regal Dole Cannery and, as a central location with provision for ample parking, minimized any accessing issues. HIFF did a good job organizing the movies and, in some cases, had second screenings for popular movies. The festival covered a number of films ranging from simple movies made by students to movies produced by popular directors. There was a number of well made documentaries and a multitude of short foreign films as well.
HIFF is the best place to catch movies, which normally would not make box office showings. They also featured some local productions, as well as a student produced films, which gave students an opportunity to showcase their talents in film production. Guest speakers were readily available and students were made to feel uninhibited with interviewing sessions, making this a true learning experience by being exposed to the insight of film production.
On the day of viewing “Bob Marley: The Making of A Legend”, the vibe and the energy of the venue was exhilarating. One got the feeling, judging from the multitude of people who turned up, the movie goers were into international films and not just the box office blockbusters.
The people who worked with HIFF did a good job directing the crowds and processed the movie attendees efficiently. The only difficulty for this viewer was some films only played once and, incase one missed the first screening that was it. A second chance was not available. There were a number of good movies scheduled to play back-to-back and the difficulty was transition from one concluded movie to another playing, which means one would have missed some parts of the movie. Overall, the HIFF experience was great and I am looking forward to next year’s event.