FLEFF Intern Stories


Brianne Riviello '11

Brianne Riviello, FLEFF Intern Alumna

Class of 2011
Lansdale, PA

The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival caught my eye as a freshman as simply a way to combine getting involved with my love for films.

As I took my seat in the auditorium for my first intern meeting, I had no idea the overwhelming effect the festival would have on me over the next four years.

I started as an operations intern, learning the ropes and immersing myself in the content, from a deeply intense film about abortion in 1980's Romania (Four Months, Three Weeks, Two Days) to an incredibly inspiring documentary about refugee children in Uganda using dance as an escape from their war-torn lives (War Dance)

Needless to say, I walked away from the festival week immediately hooked.

The following year, I worked as a team leader for FLEFF, leading the Blogging team and helping to shape the intern program.

And during my last year, for FLEFF 2011,  I served as an Assistant to the Internship Coordinators.

My experience with FLEFF went above and beyond anything I could have learned in a classroom. I cannot imagine my college experience without the festival.

The unbelievable atmosphere that Dr. Zimmerman and Dr. Shevory (codirectors of FLEFF) created taught me so much:not only about the industry, but about the world. I continuously found myself challenged as a student, a professional, and an American citizen. I was always inspired to rise up to meet that challenge.

There are films I saw four years ago at FLEFF that are still fresh in my mind, professionals and fellow interns with whom I still network, and crises I've dealt with that I use as reference points when new challenges arrive in my life.

I am currently interning in New York City with an industry professional I met through the festival. And, I continue to learn and network through the valuable opportunity that is FLEFF.