So the 32nd annual Hawaii International film Festival has, unfortunately, come to an end. Here are some of the highlights from this year’s festival:
First of all, this year’s HIFF had an amazing program with films from over 40 different countries, and with a lot of exciting seminars. As said during the Opening Press Conference , when HIFF received a 20 000 dollar check from Honolulu City and County; This is one of the world’s greater and best film festivals.
The Opening Night movie “The Sapphires” was a great success among the audience, and the feel-good movie sat a high standard for the rest of the festival. It created, as HIFF Executive Chuck Boller said, “an opening buzz”. A buzz that lasted throughout the festival.
One of the perhaps most popular films during the festival was the centerpiece “Silver Linings Playbook”, starring Bradley Cooper, Robert DeNiro and Jennifer Lawrence, amongst others. The screening of the movie was sold out so fast that they decided to have an additional screening. Talk about buzz, huh?
The SouthKorean action-comedy “The Thieves” had the honors of being the festival’s Closing Night movie. A very good choice, if you ask me. The film was both witty and well done, and as the credits started showing I felt both happy and sad at the same time. Happy because of the film I had just seen, but sad because of the thought of this being the closing night of a great festival.
My personal favorite of the festival was “Seeking Asian Female” a fantastic documentary by Debbie Lum. If you didn’t get a chance to see it, make sure you do! I loved it, and everything about it. I have great expectations for Debbie Lum’s next projects – whatever they may be.
Another highlight of the festival was also the seminar “Women Make Movies”. Women Make Movies is an organization that helps and encourages female film makers, a minority in this industry. The seminar was led by WMM’s Executive Director, Debra Zimmerman, who had with her a panel of women who works within the film industry. It was very interesting to hear their thoughts on the subject, because they clearly seemed to know what they were talking about. Go women!
So to sum it all up: the 32nd Hawaii International Film Festival was great! As Chuck Boller said: “I wish it would last forever!”.