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32nd HIFF: It’s a wrap

    By Alyssa Fukumoto. November 6, 2012 - 1:53 pm

The 32nd annual Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) wrapped on Oct. 21 after 11 days of media panels, film showcases and award ceremonies.

HPU media students took an active role in festival events by attending this year’s opening and closing conferences, reviewing films for the HPU section of the HIFF site, and live tweeting during events using the hashtag “hpuhiff.”

In his festival article wrap-up on the HIFF site, multimedia student John Marsh said that participation in the event afforded him the unique opportunity of “playing” reporter. Members of a few multimedia were given press passes that gave them free access to both the conferences and as many as 26 movies.

Multimedia student Catherine Cazinha said that HIFF also afforded her the opportunity to learn about film production.

“I thought, in the [Digitial Media Summit], it was pretty interesting to learn how the production crew was able to collaborate from two totally different locations on certain films,” she said.

This year’s film festival featured several showcases that spanned different countries and cultures, including a Native American Filmmakers program, a Studio Ghibli retrospective, new Chinese cinema and a spotlight on India.

Cazinha said she would encourage more students to attend HIFF’s next showcase.

“It was a great source for learning different perspectives on all things media,” she said. “Whether you’re filming or editing… HIFF can help open your mind to new techniques and processes that you didn’t even know was possible.”