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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view
Sunday, January 31, 2016
Blog posting written by Gabriella LoBue, Cinema and Photography, ’18, FLEFF Intern, Hackettstown, New Jersey.
For someone who has had limited experience with film festivals of any kind, I often found myself wondering last year why/if I should attend one. Now that I am more informed on the topic and can appreciate the value of FLEFF, I can easily say that it is an experience that no one should miss out on. With that being said, here are the top three reasons why a student should participate in Ithaca’s fast approaching film festival:
1. It’s local and convenient. Traveling westward to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, or across the Atlantic Ocean to the Cannes Film Festival in France isn’t always an option for college students, especially for those who are already on a tight budget. Luckily, however, students have access to a great film festival right in the city of Ithaca, New York! With events being easily accessible at downtown’s Cinemapolis, or even right on the Ithaca College campus, these are fantastic opportunities for students to experience the excitement of a film festival.
2. Participate in Q&As. Have you ever seen a film and wanted to pick the brain of the filmmaker afterwards? Perhaps you’re interested in the process of what it took to produce the film. Or maybe you just really want to know what inspired its creation. FLEFF offers great opportunities for Q&As, forums, and other presentations that can provide answers to questions you never knew you had. It’s like watching the “Behind the Scenes” feature of a DVD, but ten times better. A list of last year’s FLEFF Habitat Guests is available here.
3. It’s more than just film. Despite its name, FLEFF has a lot more to offer than just film screenings. Scholars provide lectures, filmmakers deliver presentations, and there are even concerts available for the music lovers. In fact, this year’s FLEFF Opening Concert will be held on March 29 at 8:15pm in the Hockett Family Recital Hall, right on Ithaca College’s campus. This event is free and open to the public, and will be a great way to kick-start the 2016 festival.
If you are someone who has participated in FLEFF in the past, what is a reason you continue to return each year?