On October 11, 2012 at 9am HIFF Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) presented by the Halekulani had their opening ceremony at the beautiful Rumfire the lounge and bar located within the Sheraton Waikiki. HIFF began in 1981 showing only seven films at the time, but now in their 32nd year they are showing over 200 films from 45 different countries! Various press outlets and a few HPU students were among the guests watching the ceremony. Chuck Boller, the director of HIFF, presented the panelists Ruth Bolan the executive director of Pacific Islanders in Communications (a non-profit organization), Georja Skinner the Chief Officer of the State of Hawaii’s creative industries division, Princess Elizabeth “Liz” Kawānanakoa Vice President of Eurocinema Film Festival and Peter Shaindlin the Chief Operating Officer of the Halekulani.
HIFF began with their opening ceremony at the Rumfire bar and lounge in the Sheraton Waikiki at 9am. They announced something new at the ceremony that they had never tried before, ” I am very pleased to announce the launch of our new creative lab. The launch of the new Creative Lab is arguably one of the largest new initiatives we have had in the 32 year history of the Hawaii International Film Festival.” said Robert Lanbeth, Deputy Director of HIFF. He went on to describe what the creative labs were, a gathering place where film, music, and technology come together in Hawaii and collaborate in order to come up with new and exciting developments. Chuck Boller, the Director of HIFF then went on to recognize some of the HPU students in attendance and the student planning on watching the films saying, “They keep us on our toes with their wise interviews”.
HIFF Director, Chuck Boller was also presented with a $20,000 check from the mayor Peter Carlisle. “There is no doubt that the Hawaii International film festival does have not only a global culture here in the islands, but is has a global presence throughout the world…We have been sponsoring the film festival for 32 years and this year considering the new leap forward with the Creative Labs and Native program, it is my privilege even in these austere times coming from somebody who is renowned as the cheapest mayor on this planet we are going to be giving the international film festival $20,000 for what they do.” said Carlisle.