So, the end of the 37th Annual Hawaii International Film Festival has arrived. This year has been so amazing for me because it was my first time attending HIFF. I had never really been to any big film festival before in my life, so this was special for me. I had an amazing time and I loved looking through the movies and picking which ones to see. I went and saw the films, “The Sheriff in Town”, and “Mary and the Witch’s Flower.” I was really happy with this choice because I ended up loving them both, and they were both really interesting films. Many of the films that they showed this year were either local or Asian films, which was really interesting to see. I have never seen a Korean film before I watched “The Sheriff in Town,” and I’m so happy I did. It was amazing to see the differences between Korean films and American films, and I really enjoyed watching something new.
Going to HIFF this year made me realize and remember that I have a huge passion for films. A movie is able to make you feel any kind of emotion, and it’s able to make you feel 10 emotions all at once. I love watching a film and analyzing every detail, and taking in all of the characters, cinematography, special effects, and so much more. I love it when you get attached to a character because you can relate to them, and if something happens to them you actually feel sad, and sometimes even cry over it. Film is art, and art has a special way of making you feel every kind of emotion there is. Film has a way of also bringing people together who all love the same thing, HIFF being a great example. I think it’s a beautiful thing, and going to this film festival was more than just seeing movies to me, it was rediscovering a passion that I have and hopefully with classes like these I can immerse myself in more things that are related to that passion. HIFF was great and I can’t wait to go back next year!