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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Blog posting written by Tianhong Yang, Environmental Sciences, ’18, FLEFF Blogger, Hangzhou, China
Participating in FLEFF can be hugely rewarding.
Throughout the week of FLEFF, I fully dived into the unknown and embraced complex ideas. I became part of the intellectual and artistic conversations with various film festival guests. As a member of the staff team, I truly appreciated such opportunity for engagement in FLEFF.
If I were to FLEFF again, I would carefully consult the schedule and highlight what I wanted to see beforehand. To maximize my film festival experience, I would select a wide array of events including lectures and presentations by scholars, multimedia concerts on campus, FLEFF Lab sessions, film screenings and discussions at Cinemapolis, and after-parties at Red’s. I would also keep an eye on the filmmakers traveling with their artwork and make sure that I could speak with them after screenings.
If I were to FLEFF again, I would share my enthusiasm with other film festival attendees. I would say “hi” to those in line with or sit next to me for I never know whom I could meet. Many producers, directors, artists, and scholars also attend FLEFF, and the opportunity to network is valuable. This year, I was able to make connection with a Chinese film producer, Wenhua Shi. I learned so much from him about the current situation of film industries in China.
If I were to FLEFF again, I would make sure to thank filmmakers as well as festival staff members. Organizing a film festival can be simply overwhelming. From budgeting to programing, the staff have to make numerous decisions in collaborative teams. It takes almost a year to prepare a festival. The staff cannot even sit back and relax during the festival week as they have to run film screenings. It’s their hard work that allows us to enjoy FLEFF.