Oswald Bumanglag | HIFF 2011 | Wrap Up
1. How many and what films did I see?
I was able to sit in 18 showings, 43 films, 8 days and survived with 2 medium popcorn, 2 vanilla coke, and 1 lobster soup.
2. Why did I choose those films?
I particularly choose as many “Made in Hawaii” films, all the short program films that I could attend too, and any bonus feature length films for the sake of interest.
3. Which social and media press event did I attend?
I was able to attend the HIFF Opening at Sheraton – Rum Fire to be able to see and be apart of what all the stir up is all about. It was then that I got to see the Princess and other cast of other films.
Another event that I was fortunate to have access to was the EuroCinema reception gathering that happened on 15, Saturday at Sheraton Moana Surf Rider hotel. I was able to meet guest stars on Hawaii 50, see other Hawaii 50 cast and crew, and other EuroCinema members. I was helping HPU- Cinematic Production Society filming coverage.
4. What is the highlight of the film festival?
I had several highlights within the film festival. Being able to have access to EuroCinema night and partying with the stars was an eye opening opportunity to network and get the feel of the life of career aligned men and women.
Watching the film 6B meant a lot to me because I wanted to see the film piece of my former teacher, Nathan Kurosawa, whos film called Vacancy – was included in the anthology of 6B.
5. Participating in HIFF meant, and I learned. Even though I had the WORST front row seats for about 95% of all the films I watch (due to my tardy and late show of all the films) I still found the opportunity of being able to watch unlimited films for free to be a good deal.
I learned a lot from the after Q&A films that have a producer speaker share their stories about the film.
6. Have any films influenced or challenged my ideas or value? One such example is how I was inspired that some feature 90+ min films were filmed in 10 production days. Hearing that kind of background means anything is impossible. Another influence that Nathan Kurosawa stated was, “ Film’s aren’t meant to be limited in budget.” That opened my eyes.
7. What did I hate or enjoy about the films I saw?
There were two particular short films that made my head to haywire. Partially because of the cinematography, partially because of the script writing, and partially because of the unnecessary play footage that (as a directors point of view) could have been cut down to half. I had a brutal experience trying to keep my eyes on the screen and staying stuck to the chair when these films played. Only think is that, watching it for the first time means = wanting to know what will happen.
8. What did I learn about the different cultures in HIFF?
Since majority of the films that I have watched was Hawaii based, I was able to appreciate the local home culture in the same manner as I knew. Rarely does Hawaii get to see their own local films on a big screen in a theater; so HIFF creates that opportunity.
9. This collaboration was useful in professional experience by
This collaboration helped my get out into the real world instead of playing pretend interviews with institutional academics. Writing for New Media is lucky to have this opportunity be given a free open pass to such an international organization. I was able to utilize the press past to the best of my ability. I was inspired to want to help HIFF in the future events, thank God im an HPU student. The size of our school makes a difference. I was lucky to be able to meet other producers and directors upfront.
10. Would I recommend HIFF to other members?
Without needing influence, I have actually recommended HIFF to a bunch of my friends. I felt welcomed in the HIFF experience, in which, I had no limitation to share the good news about HIFF events. I also brought a bunch of friends to watch movies with me.
Sadly, all good things come to an end, and now – its that time to lay down my press badge for the sake of getting my normal school life back. Thank you HIFF. And if you are reading this, don’t forget to click the “VOTE” at the top of this post! Here is some videos that I made or HIFF. Enjoy