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Posted by Tianhong Yang at 2:28PM

Blog posting written by Tianhong Yang, Environmental Sciences, ’18, FLEFF Blogger, Hangzhou, China

I didn’t start out to be a blogger.

I was introduced to FLEFF by Dr. Thomas Shevory who spoke to all first-year environmental studies majors in a seminar class. Out of curiosity, I attended the opening concert and several film screenings as a spectator last spring.  

However, my knowledge of FLEFF was limited until I participated in the blogging team led by Dr. Patricia Zimmerman. My understanding of film festivals has been drastically altered.

1. An intellectual community. FLEFF is a constructed intellectual environment in which people gather and make links. Featuring a wide variety of lectures, discussions, and workshops, FLEFF provokes meaningful dialogs among participants of all ages. I’m looking forward to the Q and A with Mr. Adnan Sarwar, the director and lead actor of SHAH; SHAH will kick off the 19th FLEFF.

2. Heterogeneity. The word “film” really overshadows FLEFF, as FLEFF is heterogeneous from the selected topics to the diversity of formats. FLEFF explores the interconnection between the land, water, health, education, and cultures through the lens of art and literature. The theme of LANDSCAPS also demonstrates heterogeneity, as it can be interpreted in multiple ways.

3. Collaboration. FLEFF collaborates with faculty and students across all the schools and invites guests around the country and all over the world. FLEFF collaborative partners include Cinemapolis, Outcast Films, dGenerate Films, Kino Lorber International, EngageMedia, etc.

4. International focus. Due to my Chinese background, I’m most excited to learn about the international aspects of FLEFF. Film festivals as a network is part of a global economy. Therefore, FLEFF collects films and artists from numerous countries such as China, India, and Brazil. Mountains May Depart is a Chinese film that will be shown this year. It tells the story of how China’s economic boom has profoundly affected the bonds of families and traditions.  

5. The Value-Adding Process. Film festivals and the media are interdependent. Through media and press, much value addition can be accomplished during film festivals. Although I have no prior festival experience, I will try my best to blog about my experience before, during, and after FLEFF to share my thoughts and takeaways.

What have you learned about FLEFF? What are you excited about?

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