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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view

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Posted by Kristen Reid at 6:51PM
A photo of the blogger at the 71st Cannes International Film Festival

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.


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