For an event that lasted a lengthy 10 days; I believe the excitement and participation of local Oahu visitors remained wildly persistent throughout the Hawaiian International Film Festival. I was at the Regal Dole Cannery Theater on three separate occasions, each time the crowd of moviegoers seemed impressively large. There was an evident reflection of the diverse multi-cultural face of Hawaii. With festival fans and film audiences packing the theaters of many different film genres from all over the world; a dynamic cultural exchange took place. HIFF succeeded in recognizing new and emerging talent. Hundreds of films were seen, and though I wish I had the time to see them all; I can make an accurate assumption that they all contributed to the innovation of art.
Though this was my first film festival, I would still consider myself a huge fan of cinematography. Understanding the hard work and countless hours that go into making a film, I have respect for all of the movies that made it to the big screen. This will certainly not be my last time at HIFF.
Fortunately, I was able to see about five and a half films at Stadium 18 in the past two weeks. I wish I could afford to do this every week. My two favorite films were, Yosemite and Kid Kulafu. They kept me captivated and entertained throughout the whole viewing. They achieved this by following excellent scripts and creating amazing scenes through the camera lens. I am always impressed to see these large collaborations come together and work so well. The independent films shown at HIFF were extremely successful providing they most likely had a smaller budget compared to films we are used to seeing in commercial theaters.
There are many things I learned while watching these movies and attending the Q and A’s, which will help me throughout the rest of my college career. I had the privilege to meet some very cool people during the festival as well. My love for movies has grown, and I was inspired by impressive work.
My own personal press pass seen to the right was given to me by the foundation. It was Definitely a rewarding experience to be able to see as many movies possible and have the opportunity to blog about them.
Furthermore, with the many original collaborations that took place in order for this event to succeed; myself as well as many others tip our caps to Halekulani and the Hawaiian International Film Festival, we can’t wait to come back next year!