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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view
Monday, February 22, 2016
1. FLEFF events go beyond film screenings
Within the 100 FLEFF events that make up the festival, not every event on the schedule is a film; more often than not, any given FLEFF event will engage with multiple elements that expand beyond a film screening. Paired with every FLEFF film screening, on Ithaca College’s campus or downtown at Cinemapolis, films are followed by moderated question and answer sessions that expound further on what audiences just witnessed unfold on screen. FLEFF's other festival events and experiences include the Silent Film Live Music event, art exhibits, and educational workshops and panels.
2. Dialogue Creates Intellectual Community
FLEFF’s goal to create spaces for community through intellectual dialogue is found in every FLEFF event. The film festival events are structured to remain open ended and aim to facilitate discussion between audience members. Perspectives from students, higher education faculty members, and the Ithaca community engage with each other in response to topics and issues that films or artists highlighted within their works. The interdisciplinary attribute of FLEFF will bring many varying perspectives and points of view together often creating memorable and engaging discourse between festival goers.
3. Film Festival Studies is understudied
As a FLEFF blogger, I am required to also study the history and contexts of the global film festival circuit to better understand how FLEFF exists within the festival world. Within my studies of festivals, I learned that this subject is understudied by academics. In Marjike de Valck’s, Film Festivals: From European Geopolitics to Global Cinephilia, the author claims that within the scholarly realm of film festival studies, not much research currently exists; scholarly articles being written about film festivals did not start until the 1990's. De Valck discusses this through exploring the history and evolution of film festivals. Elements that guide how we view the film festival experiences today stem from changes in technology, economies and political climates. The contemporary film festival, often involving a theme, will focus on an individual film’s context and will determine how it is programmed alongside other films and events.
4. FLEFF started at Cornell originally
Originally, FLEFF was not an Ithaca College event like it is today. The origin story of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival begins at Cornell University in 1997. Cornell’s Center for the Environment created FLEFF and specified only on the landscapes of the Upstate and Finger Lakes Regions of New York. In 2004, FLEFF moved from East to South hill, as Ithaca College became the primary sponsor for the event. This switch expanded FLEFF’s focus making it more global and interdisciplinary.
5. FLEFF is Ithaca College’s second largest event
Primarily the largest event, in numbers of guests in attendance, is graduation, which occurs every May at Ithaca College. FLEFF is the campus’ second largest event in terms of audience quantity. Every year, the film festival brings together a wide range of audiences, including Ithaca College students and faculty who play key roles in running and engaging in the festival. Guests also include Ithaca community members and various guests to specifically visit to attend and be a part of the FLEFF experience.