My experience at HIFF was a very rewarding one, and I enjoyed my time at the event very much. Everyone was accommodating and friendly, there weren’t any problems in the theatre, as there should be, nothing too out-of-the-ordinary happened, which is good in my opinion. All of the movies I watched at the festival were fantastic and educational for me, I didn’t waste my time in any of the movies. I watched 37 Seconds, Signal 100, The Killer, and Weathering With You, all Asian films, 3 Japanese and 1 from Hong Kong. The only movie I would have known about and watched outside of the festival was Weathering With You, I had planned on watching that for some time now. 37 Seconds, Signal 100, and The Killer are all movies I probably would have never heard of if I didn’t attend this festival. There were many other promising films I wish I could have seen, time permitting next year I think I’ll try to attend more films than I did this year. I got very lucky with my screenings too; the only movie where the director didn’t show up for a Q&A session was Weathering With You, so I got to learn even more about the movie and about certain aspects of filmmaking that I normally would not have learned from simple Google searches or YouTube videos, which I think is the point of this whole festival, besides exposure for up and coming filmmakers.
I think HIFF is a very important event that the general public should know about more, not just film buffs, the casual movie goer should be more aware of this festival, I think. It really has the potential to make filmmaking and motion picture production even more popular than it already is, and as technology improves in the future and as the whole world becomes more interconnected, media is going to become more and more important and influential in our daily lives, which includes storytelling. The importance of HIFF will not die down into the future, I think and I hope that it will increase quite a bit; for the sake of modern filmmaking and for filmmaking in Hawaii.