“It's interesting to think about how far we've come. Our Queen Liliuokalani was still alive at the time,” said Hawaii Film Commissioner Donne Dawson at the opening press event for the Hawaii International Film Festival on Tuesday.
2013 marks a century of cinema magic in Hawaii.
That theme was reflected in this year’s festival.
In all, 209 films from 42 countries will be screened.
Only a few years its junior is EuroCinema Hawaii, which is dubbed the "Festival within a Festival" and enjoying similar success.
“We have 19 films this year, that's almost double what we had last year,” said Chris Lee, with the board of directors.
Wrapped in the blanket of the Hawaii International Film Festival is what's called the Creative Lab, which nurtures and stimulates talent behind the film.
“It's intended to educated and empower local, national, and international and emerging artists who want to do workshop projects and really gain at ways to monazite what they're looking to create,” said Creative Lab Director Michael Palmieri, who said they're expanding to include productions targeting the web.
“More and more, both established talent and emerging talent are using the web to launch their content and gain traction with an audience,” he said.
HIFF Executive Director Chuck Boller is especially proud of an 8th year of students, who are mastering the craft, while partnering with other students from Shanghai.
“We're very excited. The quality of films the students make are world class,” he said.
The festival runs from Oct. 10th to the 20th in Honolulu.
And, it's expanded to the neighbor islands, Hawaii and Kauai, from the 24th to the 27th.