Creative Lab at HIFF


Mission Statement
Creative Lab is an immersive year-round program to accelerate global export of Hawaii’s creative content and creative products to strengthen our creative entrepreneur’s capacity for success.  Co-founded in 2012 by the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) and the State of Hawaii’s Creative Industries Division, Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism (DBEDT), Creative Lab Hawaii and Creative Lab at HIFF provide a rich environment for creative collaboration and building new business relationships with a global audience. Industry partners in the past included the Writers Guild of America, Producers Guild of America, Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts, Screen Actors Guild/AFTRA, Honolulu Film Office, City and County of Honolulu. Creative Lab offers public panels, workshops, and hands on coaching and mentoring by industry leaders in areas of Screenwriting, New Media, Broadband, Producing, Directing, Songwriting/Music, Technology, the Business of Acting, and Design/Fashion.

2016 Creative Lab at HIFF Programs:

Roger Ebert Foundation Young Writers Program for the Arts
For HIFF36, we will mount the second annual EBERT YOUNG WRITERS PROGRAM FOR THE ARTS after a very successful inaugural edition last year. In a swiftly changing media environment, informed writing and criticism on cinema is vital to a strong film culture and industry. This program’s mandate is to broaden and strengthen film criticism culture in Hawaii and teach young writers classical, as well as current methods and tasks in critical thinking and writing by reviewing films and interviewing filmmakers in a live film festival setting.

HIFF Doc Lab: Anatomy of Oscar Winning Documentaries
In an intensive workshop led by Oscar-winning filmmaker Freida Lee Mock (MAYA LIN, ANITA), participants will discover and analyze the qualities that make some documentaries stand above the rest. Viewing excerpts from films such as MAN ON WIRE, 20 FEET FROM STARDOM and WAITING FOR SUGARMAN, we’ll examine key components of the production process and will answer the question: What are the common ingredients in documentaries that win Academy Awards? This is an ideal workshop for both aspiring filmmakers and experienced documentarians that are about to launch into their next project.  

Other Panels at HIFF 2016:

Choke Misrepresentation: Asian Pacific American Images On Screen
Diversity and inclusion has been a hot topic in film and TV this year. A recent study by the USC Annenberg School of Communication reported that in 2015, only 14 films of the top 100 box office earners included a lead from underrepresented groups. Not one lead was played by an Asian American; Native Americans and Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders don’t even significantly register in the study. Things are changing, but are they changing fast enough? Join filmmakers and actors for an open and frank discussion about the past, present, and future of Asian American and Native Hawaiian inclusion in film, television, and media.

Hong Kong Cinema: Present and Future
After the screening of PORT OF CALL, stay around for our Hong Kong Film Cinema discussion led by film critic Clarence Tsui of The Hollywood Reporter (Hong Kong office). Tsui, along with other panelists, will discuss the making of PORT OF CALL, as well as the current state of the Hong Kong film industry, including the challenges that many Hong Kong filmmakers face in the changing face of the Chinese film industry, as well as changing trends in international film distribution.

Spotlight on the Producer
The Hawaii International Film Festival is proud to present a special seminar with Oscar winning producer Nicole Rocklin. Nicole Rocklin is Partner & Co-Founder of Rocklin Faust. She is the Oscar winning producer of SPOTLIGHT and has been named as one of Variety’s Top 10 Producers to Watch. Nicole is a member of the Producers Guild of America and her other producing credits include THE PERFECT GUY (directed by Dave Rosenthal) and MIDDLE OF NOWHERE (directed by John Stockwell). Nicole started her entertainment career as an assistant at Jerry Bruckheimer Films and at an entertainment law firm.

Women in Film Part II: The Distribution Session
n 2012 HIFF held the first WOMEN IN FILM panel with the remarkable Debra Zimmerman Executive Director of Women Make Movies. This panel focused on the topics of women in production and the state of women in the film industry. In 2016 the Festival welcomes Debra back to Hawaii to present WOMEN IN FILM PART II, turning the focus this time towards film distribution. Featuring a panel of women filmmakers, and industry professionals, and moderated by Debra, WOMEN IN FILM PART II asks the question, so you’ve made an amazing film, now what? With the rapidly changing distribution landscape, and the evolution non-traditional platforms, how has this affected the playing field for women in the film industry? And how do we keep up?