I had no idea there was so much you could do at HIFF. I knew you were able to watch films from other countries, but there are a lot of things that don’t actually involved watching a film. Apparently, you can go and interview some of these filmmakers if they allow it or sometimes filmmakers might stay back after the film to answer the audience’s questions. I had a chance to ask questions at the student showcase, but I didn’t stay because I needed some rest and get some work done. These Q&A’s at the end of the screenings are a great way to get a deeper understanding of what the filmmakers were trying to go for.
There is still a lot you can do at HIFF, even if you couldn’t go to one of the screenings. At a different site, there is a HIFF VR lounge. I personally never used any virtual reality technology before, but I always curious about how it worked. The shorts that are screened at the VR lounge are all different with the style and topic they chose. It’s free to the public, so I’m going to try my best to free up some time to check it out. Hopefully, I don’t get nauseous using the VR headset because I get car sick very easily.
I heard that some screenings actually bring out food for the audience to chow down on. I haven’t gone to one of those of screenings yet, but I’ll definitely put it on my list. I am a huge fan of food. And when I say “fan”, I mean I like to eat. Having something physically in your hands from the film will definitely immerse the audience. Usually smell isn’t a factor in films, but now it is. I heard about the food during the screenings when a group of people came out of the theater with Lumpias.
Lastly, I saw in the schedule that there was a secret screening on Sunday. I didn’t go because I was busy that day, but I would have loved to go. The only information about it is that it takes place in an hour and a half time period. All these options, but so little time to do everything. Overall, if you think HIFF is only about films, you are wrong. HIFF has a variety of different programs to help sway their audience.