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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view
Sunday, February 3, 2019
Blog posting written by Kristen Reid, FLEFF Blogger, Cinema and Photography '21, Ithaca, New York
As a cinephile first and foremost, film festivals have always intrigued me. In my eyes, festivals were a distant, out of reach dream where I could find other people as passionate as me about film. When I moved to Ithaca as a 15 year old, I was ecstatic to find out there was an international festival right at the our local art house theater.
Having moved a lot as a child, I decided to stay in town after I finished high school and I am now majoring in cinema and photography, with a concentration in film production at Ithaca College. As a major sponsor to the festival, IC offers many mini-courses that connect to the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, including the one that I enrolled in, which allows undergraduate students to be ‘fellows’ for the week and combines a plethora of FLEFF events with a weekly classroom meeting.
A few days after FLEFF ended last year, the Cannes International Film Festival announced a special program to award young film lovers the chance to visit the festival. FLEFF had given me a taste of the festival life and I needed more so I applied on a whim, not expecting anything to come of it.
A few weeks later, having heard nothing back, I had forgotten about the opportunity when I received an email with the subject line “Congratulations!”. Just nine days after that, I was in Cannes. Attending FLEFF and Cannes back to back last year was amazing for so many reasons, but my biggest takeaway from it all was a desire to be a film journalist.
Now, returning to FLEFF a year later, I am so excited to engage in the festival in a blogging capacity, which is satisfying that aspiration while also inspiring me as a filmmaker as well. The events showcased at FLEFF are always unique and impactful but this year’s theme DISRUPTIONS has an incredible amount of potential for eye-opening films, discussions and panels. The possibilities to explore this theme through the lens of sustainability are endless and I look forward to writing more about them as the festival approaches.