1. How many and what films did you see? I saw 5 films: Return Ticket, A Letter to Momo, Patang, Kid with a Bike, and Full Metal Alchemist: Sacred Star of Milos (FMA:SSoM).
2. Why did you choose those particular films? Return ticket was just to pass the time until A Letter to Momo. A Letter to Momo's description bragged about its hand-drawn animation so I wanted to see it for myself an analyze it. Patang's kite fighting sounded like something fun to watch. Kid with a Bike was just to pass the time till FMA:SSoM. Other people in my class seemed to be interested in FMA:SSoM so I figured I'd give it a chance.
3. Which Social and Media Press Event did you attend? Only the opening press conference.
4. What was the highlight of the film festival for you personally? Getting to a part of a Q&A with Keiko Matsushita, producer of a Letter to Momo.
5. What did participating in HIFF mean to you, and what did you learn in general? Participating in HIFF to me was observing what was there and sharing my analyses. I learned how fun it is to be press.
6. Have any of the films influenced you in any way or challenged your ideas or values? Patang has inspired me to coat strings with glass bits to cut other strings.
7. Was there something you enjoyed or hated about the film(s) you saw, perhaps something you are still thinking about? I enjoyed the novel experience of seeing films from foreign filmmakers. I hated the other people in the screening rooms and realize this is why I prefer watching movies by myself.
8. What did you learn about the different cultures represented at HIFF? Nothing that I would trust. I don't expect the films to accurately represent the cultures, but the kite fighting in Patang was cool and I did research to make sure it was real.
9. Is this collaboration a useful learning or professional experience? Definitely.
10. Would you recommend HIFF to a friend or family member? If so, why? I would recommend HIFF to friends and family that have never been to one because these films are so different than what is normally screened in theaters.