Creative Lab

Mission Statement

A gathering place in Hawaii where film, music and technology come together to offer local and visiting filmmakers, composers and innovators from around the world, the chance to learn and collaborate on new and exciting creative content.

2013 Creative Lab at HIFF program book

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Creative Lab Writers Accelerator
(October 16-19, 2013)

The mission of the Hawaii International Film Festival Creative Lab Writers Accelerator is to identify excellent diverse writers in order to provide 12 participants with an opportunity to deepen their relationship with their craft, provide them with on the ground/real life coaching on the business of writing, and provide them with an opportunity with which to create a plan to assist them in taking their next steps in their professional careers.

Writers Accelerator coaches include:

  • Julia Cho – Writer: Big Love, Fringe, Betrayal
  • Dennis Leoni – Executive Producer: Resurrection Boulevard
  • Ligiah Villalobos – Executive Producer & Writer: La Misma Luna

Call For Entries: August 28 – September 20, 2013 at 5:00pm HST

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Creative Lab Broadband Accelerator
(October 10-12, 2013)

The mission of the Hawaii International Film Festival Creative Lab Broadband Accelerator is to identify excellent diverse creative (writer/directors/actors/producers – and any combination thereof) in order to provide eight participants with an opportunity to deepen their relationship with their craft, provide them with on the ground/real life coaching on the business of creating content, producing it, marketing and monetizing it on the Internet, and provide them with an opportunity with which to create a plan to assist them in taking their next steps in their professional careers.

Broadband Accelerator coaches include:

  • Bernie Su - Creator, Writer, Producer: The Lizzie Bennett Diaries
  • Laura Allen – Head of Production: Yahoo!
  • Wendy Jo Carlton – Creator, Writer, Director: Easy Abby

Call For Entries: August 28 – October 1, 2013 at 5:00pm HST

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HIFF New Media Camp (October 17-20, 2013)

THE NEW MEDIA CAMP (NMC) is a 4-day intensive video workshop where 6 participants will get hands-on guidance and expertise from professionals in the new media world ranging from successful YouTube partners and content producers, working filmmakers in traditional media, social media experts, and Hollywood actors who will assist in honing your craft in the production of a 3 minute video that will be presented on the final day of the workshop at the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18.

Call For Entries: September 5 – October 1, 2013 (No Application Fee)

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Producers Accelerator: Fruitvale Station Screening & Case Study

Join us for a screening of FRUITVALE STATION, and then for an intimate discussion with producers Nina Yang Bongiovi and Michael Chow as we discuss their journey in bringing this motion picture to audiences around the world.

Sunday, October 13 – 2:30PM at Regal Dole Cannery (Free)

Business of Acting: The Inside of Scoop on Casting

SAG-AFTRA presents a comprehensive workshop on the inner processes of casting diverse projects starting with a dynamic panel of industry casting directors, producers, directors and actors, some of whom have films in the 2013 Hawaii International Film Festival.  Following the discussion, select members of the audience will get the opportunity to hone their audition skills and receive immediate feedback from our panel of industry experts, giving everyone a glimpse into the minds of the decision makers.  Don’t miss out on an opportunity to learn from some of the top indie filmmakers and professionals working in film and TV. Panelists: Kelly Hu, Rene Haynes, Keo Woolford, Ren Hanami, DeLanna Studi, Ren Hanami

Saturday, October 19 – 4:00PM at the Modern Hotel (Free)

Writers Accelerator: A Conversation with Bobby Moresco

Join us as we host a one-on-one conversation with Academy Award-winnng actor, director, producer and writer Bobby Moresco (MILLION DOLLAR BABY and CRASH) will partake in a one-on-one conversation open to general audiences. Moresco recently finished writing the feature HUBRIS for Universal, to be directed by Academy Award nominee Todd Field (LITTLE CHILDREN, IN THE BEDROOM). Also slated for production in 2013 is CASTRO’S DAUGHTER, a script he wrote with Pulitzer Prize winner Nilo Cruz, to be directed by Academy Award nominee Michael Radford (IL POSTINO).

Thursday, October 17 – 6:00PM at the Modern Hotel (Free)

Sound X Vision: Marketing and Promotion Part 1 & 2

Presented by the Hawaii Academy for Recording Artists. #WhatAreHashTagsFor? This workshop will focus on the use of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media vehicles, and how to maximize the use of these to increase exposure and the reach of your music.

Saturday, October 12 – 10:00AM – 11:30AM at the Modern Hotel (Free)

Presented by the Hawaii Academy of Recording Artists. This second workshop will focus on creative promotion strategies that will assist the artists in creating a presence within the community and the importance of the image that the artist presents. 

Saturday, October 12 – 1:00PM – 2:30PM at the Modern Hotel (Free)

Sound X Vision: Royalties – How Do I Get Paid?

Presented by the Hawaii Academy of Recording Artists. The first half of this workshop will provide background information on performance rights societies (ASCAP, BMI, SoundExchange, etc.) and why they are important. The second part of the workshop will assist attendees with recording credits in signing up for such organizations. More information on what kind of information to bring (ex. bank account routing number, recording credentials, etc.) to be provided later.

Saturday, October 12 – 3:00PM – 4:30PM at the Modern Hotel (Free)

Broadband Accelerator: A Conversation with Bing Chen

Join us for a presentation and one-on-one discussion with Bing Chen. Bing Chen currently serves as the YouTube Global Creator Development & Management Lead at Google. In this role, he is responsible for generating and aligning the strategic vision for initiatives that identify, develop, and distribute the next generation of premier channels and creators–from musicians to filmmakers, chefs to beauty gurus. In addition, he oversees several special company projects that engage more than 100 million content creators worldwide. Bing co-founded and co-leads several initiatives at YouTube, such as the expansion of the YouTube Partner Program globally, the company’s talent incubation program, the YouTube Creator Institute, YouTube’s presence at major industry events and talent engagements, and other strategic projects.

Friday, October 11 – 6:00PM at the Modern Hotel (Free)