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Posted by Liuqing Yang at 11:57PM
Chenruo, Elma, and I at the after party

Blog post written by Lucy Yang, Journalism and Politics ’14, FLEFF Blogger, Puyang, Henan, China

Do I like working for FLEFF? Of course! Here are my reasons:

As a staffer, I don’t just attend the film fest; I learn it.

As part of a semester-long liberal arts course, this blogging internship has allowed me to take a close and inside look on film festivals in general. We have learned a lot of different aspects of film festivals, for example, the history of film festival, the political characters of it, the programming of it, the word-of-mouth advertising, how to do guerrilla campaign, etc.  These things have intrigued my interest in working for a film festival in the future.

As a staffer, I don’t just talk to the guests; I host them.

Guests all have interesting and inspiring stories. Before this year, when I attended FLEFF as just a student or a junior fellow, I didn’t talk to the guest that much, to the point where insightful conversations happen. This year, I was able to take fully advantage of being a staffer and converse with lots of the guests. Being a blogger who writes profiles on guests, the best part is that you have already known so many guests even before the festival started.

As a staffer, I don’t just work with my fellow colleagues; we become close friends.

Dr. Patricia Zimmermann pointed out in the comments she gave me for my reflection report that it is also important to talk amongst the staff about the films, even more important than talking to the guests. I agree. Some of the best conversations I had at this year’s FLEFF were with my fellow bloggers and colleagues. On Friday’s after party, Elma, Chenruo, and I had a very intense talk over global migration and our own migrating stories. It was definitely among the best moments I had at the festival.

On top of all these, the best thing of being a blogger this year was that each of us got two complimentary passes to the festival instead of only one! I had felt so rewarded for what I was doing for FLEFF.

I am graduating in this May, but I will definitely come back to Ithaca for FLEFF next year.


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