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Film Workshops presented by Pacific New Media and cosponsored by HIFF

Are you coming to HIFF and interested in writing, directing or producing for film or television? The University of Hawaii’s Outreach College, Pacific New Media, is offering a series of two film workshops on Saturday October 24th and Sunday, October 25th. These two workshops are being held from 9:00am – 4:00pm on both days and are cosponsored by Hawaii International Film Festival. If you’re a HIFF Delegate, there is a discount on the cost of the workshop. To register call 956-8400 or visit

Please click here for more detail on these workshops, or to see a flyer.

Strategies of the Independent Film Producer

Instructor: Karin Chien
$200 ($180 for HIFF delegates)

This two-day intensive workshop covers what’s involved in producing a truly independent film. Hear how a successful indie producer develops scripts, finances projects, manages shoots, and sells and distributes films. Discuss strategies for how to set yourself and your film apart in an overly crowded marketplace. Topics span all stages of producing a film, but special attention is paid to raising private equity investments and new forms of digital distribution.

Karin Chien is an independent film producer based in New York City. She has produced 8 feature-length films, which have won over 60 festival awards, premiered at Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals, been nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, and received international distribution. Chien also recently launched a new distribution company, dGenerate Films, to bring independent Chinese cinema to the non-theatrical market in the U.S. Karin is the curator and producer of the Chinatown Film Project, which commissioned original short films about NYC’s Chinatown for the opening of the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA). Chien teaches film producing at New York University School of Professional Studies and School of Visual Arts, and serves on advisory committees for Tribeca Film Institute and IFP/New York.


Writing for Television – Get Started and Go!

Instructor: Maria Jacquemetton
Fee: $200 (HIFF delegates $180)

Do you have an idea for a TV series but don’t know where to get started writing it?  This intensive workshop covers the basics of what you need to know to turn your idea into a teleplay.  From the pitch, to the story break, to constructing the script, this two-day workshop examines the process of writing an episode of scripted television in the hour drama or half hour comedy formats.  The focus of day one is on structure in episodic television, through analysis of episodes of current TV series.  Students also participate in a story break as a group.  Day two, participants have the opportunity to workshop their own idea for an original TV spec pilot and receive feedback from instructor and each other, so that they leave with a solid pitch for a viable TV series and a clear direction in how to outline and write the teleplay.
Maria Jacquemetton is a writer-producer on AMC TV’s critically-acclaimed television series, Mad Men, winner of the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series 2008, and two-time winner of the Golden Globe and WGA Awards.   Her writing journey has taken her from the breathtaking beaches of Hawai‘i to the far-flung reaches of outer space on series including Star Trek: Enterprise, Relic Hunter, and Baywatch Hawaii.

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