HIFF ONLINE CREATIVES & CRITICS IMMERSIVE (HOCCI) mentee Alioune Fall turns in a video essay summing up how the film festival ecosystem is the last line of defense to “save cinema-going” and cinema appreciation. He brings in the prominence of legacy IP (anything Disney, MCU, Star Wars, etc) as the new mono-culture and how attending film festivals can thwart that myopic lane and expand one’s horizons, especially as a budding filmmaker himself.
Check out his video essay below:
Alioune Fall is an aspiring filmmaker who is in his Junior Year. From the early age of 9 years old he has been involved in the arts going back and forth to both his homes that being New York and Maui. As an actor he has been exposed to many film sets and took classes in film acting. This itching curiosity of film led him into being accepted into NYU’s Future Filmmaker Workshop during his senior year of high school. He maintains a Youtube channel called ABF Films that currently has 1,660 subscribers that he just launched this year focusing on video essays. Alioune hopes to gain enough knowledge and experience through the HOCCI to take his understanding of film and his youtube channel to the next level.
The mission of the HIFF ONLINE CREATIVES & CRITICS IMMERSIVE (HOCCI) program is to encourage film criticism in Hawai‘i by using the influencer branding strategies to spark career opportunities in the State and not be hampered by oceans, state borders and distance, because geography is no longer a barrier. Ten mentees participated in this program, giving them press industry access to HIFF42. In addition, the cohort attended mentoring sessions by working critics in the online film journalism community in unique silos: Writing, Podcasting, Video Essays and Vlogging.