This years Hawaii International Film Festival began on October 13-23 at The Regal Dole Cannery Stadium. Participating at HIFF was my first time so it was quite an interesting experience being that we had full press passes.
It was unfortunate that I only got to view one film because of my schedule. The film I chose was called “Eden” starring Jamie Chung. The reason I chose this film was because I enjoy a film that covers real-life situations. Eden was about a girl who’s been captured, held hostage and forced into human-trafficking in the United States. It’s so sickening that people kidnap girls and force them into brothels.
The media press event that I attended was called The New Media Academy. This press event was disappointing. I believe that if there is a panel stating that they’re open to answer any question the audience may have but fail to do so, completely destroys the point of having a panel.
The highlight of the film festival, personally, was watching people line up, anticipating the films. I enjoy seeing the joy in people and to knowing that the whole HIFF producers did an outstanding job; for this was the 31st HIFF.
Participating at HIFF was a great event and experience. I actually felt like a real “press” with my all access press pass. I just wished I had taken advantage of my press pass. The only thing that still bothers me is the Media Press Event that I attended, only because if I had known it went the way it did, then I wouldn’t have gone. I could have watched another film rather than wasting it there.
HPU’s collaboration with HIFF was definitely both a learning/professional experience. As students, we were able to experience what it is like to be a member of the press. I bought my grandmother with me to watch Eden, which she enjoyed besides the fact that the theater was freezing. I would recommend others to attend HIFF, especially if you are a student – take advantage of that free press pass! HIFF provides a wide variety of films and tickets are cheap!