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Posted by Kristina DiNardi at 9:36PM

Blog posting written by Kris DiNardi, Writing for Film, Television and Emerging Media, ’18, FLEFF Intern, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Before becoming a blogging intern for FLEFF, I didn’t know a lot about film festivals. But only being involved with FLEFF for a little over a month, I have learned so much.

Here are five facts that I have learned about film festivals and FLEFF.

1. FLEFF originally started at Cornell University

Although the Office of the Provost at Ithaca College has been FLEFF’s major sponsor for over twelve years, FLEFF began in 1997 at Cornell University. Created by Cornell’s Center for the Environment, FLEFF originally focused only on the Finger Lake Region and Upstate New York.

In 2004, FLEFF switched its sponsor from Cornell to Ithaca College. In addition, FLEFF’s focus shifted to showcase the integration at the regional, national and international levels. Because of this change, FLEFF became more interdisciplinary.

2. FLEFF is the second-largest event at Ithaca College

FLEFF is an annual all-college event that gathers students, faculty and community members from a wide-range of disciplines together with artists locally and internationally. The largest event at the college is graduation, according to the number of participants.

3. FLEFF’s goal is “to create an intellectual community engaged in dialogue”

As stated by Dr. Tanya Saunders, assistant provost of International Programs and Extended Studies, FLEFF draws in the talents and expertise of students, faculty and community members.

The wide-range of programming from film screenings to art installations to panels with artists from all around the country and world, facilitate a platform for dialogue among its participants.

As a result, the goal of the dialogue isn’t meant to come to a definitive answer, but to have the participants experience the dialogue and see how certain issues are interconnected.

4. FLEFF isn’t just a film festival

Despite having the word film included in its official title, FLEFF isn’t all about film.

Even though FLEFF shows films at the college and at Cinemapolis, there are still a variety of other events that FLEFF offers.

There are new media events, art installations, concerts, book readings, guest speakers, panels and so much more, than just films.

5. The History of Film Festivals are Understudied

Although having a huge impact on the film industry today, film festivals have little research about them. The first film festival was in Venice in 1932, but the first major research on film festivals did not occur until the late 1990’s.

According to Marijke de Valck’s Film Festivals: From European Geopolitics to Global Cinephilia, it was a conscious effort among the leading members of the New Film Historicism to shift their research from the historical aspect of film history, such as economic and technological innovations, to the history of film festivals and the individual film’s cultural context.

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