I was able to see one screening for the university section that featured multiple short films within it. I chose to see the university section because I wanted to support up and coming filmmakers, especially other students here at HPU. The highlight of the film festival for me personally was getting to see all the student filmmakers and watch the art they made knowing it was through talent and hard work and not funded by a big production company. Participating in HIFF made me feel a bit closer to the film industry and gave me inspiration to start working on my own projects that could one day be shown at HIFF. I learned from HIFF that there is much larger film industry in Hawaii than I had originally thought. I was influenced by the Skating is my Life short film to go out and film my friends at the skatepark. The one thing that stuck with me after seeing the university screening was that these students were able to create such amazing content with so little funding. It makes me wonder what their creations would be if they had millions in their budget. I think that the HIFF collaboration is definitely a useful learning and professional experience. Not only was it fun for us but it gave us a taste of what real life reporting and what being apart of the ‘press’ is like. I would recommend HIFF to a friend or family member simply because there was such a wide variety of films being screened that there has to be something for everyone’s preference. The only negative experience I had was the struggle it took for me to try and get my press pass. I wish the lady I had emailed multiple times about my troubles getting my press pass was able to reply. Unfortunately this ordeal limited the amount of films I could attend, which ended up only being one. I think I would have had a lot more to report on had I received my proper press pass. But for the most part, I had a pleasant experience working in collaboration with HIFF through HPU.