The HPU Media and Cinematic Arts (MCA) program announced Awardees for its 2011 HPU@HIFF Collaboration with the Hawai’i International Film Festival (HIFF).
Some 100 Hawai’i Pacific University (HPU) students from across the campus in a variety of majors from Media Arts to Marine Biology participated in blogging, tweeting, reporting, designing and videotaping their take on a full slate of movies (212 all together), press conferences, special events and parties at the 31st annual HIFF, and it’s all published online at http://hpu.hiff.org.
50 of those HPU participants had full on International Press Passes as part of course work in Media and Cinematic Arts, Journalism and Strategic Communications. Intrepid HPU reporters, press passes dangling around their necks, showed up at opening and closing press conferences, industry gatherings, and had unprecedented access to all the films they could see in a very intense ten-day span.
This year HPU Department of Communication faculty and HIFF organizers recognized the best reports, reviews, videos, design projects, and other contributions to this innovative, real-time collaboration.
HIFF Executive Director Chuck Boller helped choose the winner of the HIFF Best in Show Award, which went to Strategic Communications major Madeleine Bergstrand for an enterprising video report.
Madeleine Bergstrand center in pale blouse with fellow HPN Reporters
Chuck Boller observed that “making the video took substantial effort and creativity and it shows.” He went on to say: “I enjoyed the students so much. Their talent and enthusiasm was exciting and rewarding. The comments and reactions to HIFF, the films, people, and events were so fascinating and illuminating.”
Other award winners include, Nicole Tait, Crissy Gofigan, Alyssa Amasol and Oswald Bumanglag for their video montage and report, Ingrid Hammer Torp for her advertising and promo designs, Mark Brian for Best Film Review—which you can read and watch, and the Voter’s Choice Award, which went to Meaghan Blackburn and Nina Dorthea for the body of their work. Said Dr. Peter Britos, Director of HPU’s Media and Cinematic Arts program, “the HPU@HIFF Collaboration allows our reporters to explore real-time media creation, and hone vital industry skills like interviewing, shooting video stories, reviewing complex collaborative projects, and writing comprehensively under tight timelines.”
Alyssa Amasol and Crissy Gofigan prep to shoot Top Ten
Awardees were selected by HPU Faculty and HIFF Staff, except for the Voter’s Choice Award, which was determined by online voting. Congratulations to all the HPU Reporters, Videographers and Designers!
- HIFF Best in Show, Madeleine Bergstrand, What Do You Think About HIFF?
- Best Vid Report, Nicole Tait, HIFF Photo Album; Gofigan, Amasol, Bumanglag, Top 10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About HIFF
- Best Art & Design, Ingrid Hammer Torp, Surf Postcard and Champagne
- Best Film Review, Mark Brians, The Price of Sex
- Voter’s Choice Award, Meaghan Blackburn & Nina Dorthea
Some additional numbers from this year’s 31st HIFF:
- 79,000 Ticket Buyers
- 250 Delegates, from
- 48 Countries
- 212 Movies
- 100 HPU Reporters