During my time at HIFF, I have gone to a total of four screenings. I have watched The Rope Curse, Student Showcase, Mirai, and Modest Heroes: Ponoc Short Films Theatre, Vol. 1. This was my first time going to HIFF, so I decided to keep my schedule very simple. Maybe next time I go to HIFF, I’ll go watch one film each day and visit the different sites. Overall, my experience was fairly positive except for certain days where I felt super tired. My schedule has been turned upside down because as a student going to the movies shouldn’t be a priority. I usually pass the time between films by drawing. These films gave me a lot of new ideas and creativity for my designs.
I picked these films based on my schedule or interests. The Rope Curse was picked based on my schedule, if I was available earlier, I would have watched a different movie. I’m not a fan of horror films, so I didn’t really like The Rope Curse. The rest was picked based off my interests. They all involved drawing or animation which I am a huge fan of. My favorite out of the three would have to be Mirai, but the Ponoc Short Films are a close second. Just the amount of detail these animators put into their films are worth the watch.
After watching these animations, it gave me more reasons to get into animating myself. Being able to bring my own drawings and ideas to life would be a huge accomplishment for me. If high school students can create their own animations with what they got, then I can do the same. Sooner or later, I could be as good as the professional that made those animations.
There a lot of different things people can learn at HIFF especially with all the different cultures and genres. We have films about cultures, lifestyles, foods, and experiences. I really wanted to go to a film that focused on food, so maybe next time. Overall, I would recommend people to go to HIFF once just so they could experience it. Then based on that experience, they can decide if they want to go again next year. I believe HIFF is for people who search for something different from the norm.