Creative Lab

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 and Creative Lab at HIFF provide a rich environment for creative collaboration and building new business relationships with a global audience. Industry partners including the Writers Guild of AmericaProducers 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.

2013 Creative Lab at HIFF program book

View the 2013 Creative Lab at HIFF program book.

Creative Lab Writers Accelerator
(November 3-7, 2014)

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 will be announced soon.

Call For Entries: August 4 - August 29, 2014 

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Creative Lab Broadband Accelerator
(November 4-7, 2014)

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 will be announced soon.

Call For Entries: August 4 - August 29, 2014 

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HIFF New Media Camp (November 1 – 9, 2014)

THE NEW MEDIA CAMP (NMC) is a week long intensive video workshop (November 1 – 9) 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 their craft in the production of a short film, utilizing the theme of “mobilizing your world.” This year’s NMC, with the generous support of AT&T, Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), and interTREND, will also utilize the Hawaiian language in the short film’s story in a major way.

Call For Entries Deadline: October 10, 2014 (No Application Fee)

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Producers Accelerator: The Producer – The Artist

THE PRODUCER – THE ARTIST: ever wonder how a guitar playing unit production manager went from Producers Guild of America (PGA) volunteer to executive producer of the Academy Award winning film THE ARTIST? Award winning producer, Antoine de Cazotte, will share his unique journey from his home in France to his breaking into the Hollywood elite, sharing his insights into what it takes to be a great producer and why he equates being a producer to being an artist.

The Actor’s Workshop

An annual favorite with HIFF attendees, the Creative Lab at HIFF 2014 Actors Workshop will feature an immersive program for a select group of student actors and a free public conversation with Academy and Tony Award winning actress Marcia Gay Harden (MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT, FIFTY SHADES OF GREY).

Writers Accelerator: Keynote by Oscar nominated screenwriter Lucy Alibar

Join us as we discuss the state of writing in the entertainment industry with a notable Hollywood Screenwriter. This keynote presentation is the capstone of the Writer’s Accelerator program. The Writers Accelerator is a four-day, immersive program for writers in motion pictures, television, and broadband (web series). In partnership with the Diversity Program of the Writers Guild of America West, the Writers Accelerator was designed to empower writers to take their stories and craft to the next level via one-on-one and small group coaching.

This year, we are honored to have Oscar nominated screenwriter Lucy Alibar (BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD) to present the keynote.

Broadband Accelerator: A Conversation with Bernie Su

Broadband, as defined by the Producers Guild of America, is the platform whose primary distribution outlet is the Internet. CL Broadband Accelerator is a multi-day immer- sive workshop in which participants are coached on their individual projects to prepare them for pitching studios and multi-channel networks. The focus is on the writing, pro- ducing, distribution, marketing, and monetization of their content for web and mobile platforms.In addition to the workshop, the CL Broadband Accelerator includes a free public keynote or master class. 2014’s CL Master Class for Broadband will feature Emmy and Streamy Award Winning writer/producer/creator Bernie Su, Executive Producer of landmark web series THE LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES, and the recently launched PBS Digital series “DR. VICTORIA FRANKENSTEIN.”

New Media Camp: New Media Panel & Screening

The NMC concludes on Sunday, November 9, 2:15pm at the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 with the annual New Media Panel that will be an updated discussion of new media trends, initiatives and an intimate talk with YouTube and online producers and talent in the thriving and competitive new media space. The program will then conclude with the screening of the finished NMC short film.

Transmedia Keynote: A Conversation with Tab Murphy and David Cunningham

Hear from one of Disney’s go-to screenwriters for animated features, Tab Murphy (HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, TARZAN), whose work has taken him from animation, television to transmedia storytelling. Joining him will be Big Island based David Cunningham, a seasoned director of feature films and television. David’s first feature, BEYOND PARADISE (1998), revealed a modern-day Hawaiian culture clash rarely seen by visitors. His second feature, TO END ALL WARS (2001), set during WWII and starring Kiefer Sutherland and Robert Carlyle, was a critical and global success, picked up by Goldcrest and 20th Century Fox. This project caught the attention of Hollywood and launched the filmmaker’s career to a new level. Both are involved in the GVS Transmedia Accelerator, Hawaii’s first Accelerator solely focused on development of transmedia content and multiple platforms.

NOVEMBER 3 | 5:30PM | MODERN HONOLULU HOTEL | FREE