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Posted by Rebecca Cox at 3:25PM
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Blog posting written by Rebecca Cox, Cinema and Photography, ’16, FLEFF Intern, Lebanon, Pennsylvania.

In preparation for this year’s Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, I’ve been learning a plethora of information about the history of film festivals and FLEFF itself.

Through this, I’ve encountered some incredibly engaging information that I think would interest both the Ithaca community and festival community. Here are the top five pieces of information that have changed my views on film festivals and FLEFF.

1. FLEFF doesn’t just show films.  While films are a big part of FLEFF, the festival also holds events for new media projects. Many of these projects are web-based and have multiple designers working on them. New media art can be shown through computer graphics, virtual art, video games and other forms of technology.

The goal is that the global community interacts with these projects whether it is uploading a personal picture to a website or commenting on an uploaded video. For instance, last year new media events were held for projects such as Messages in Motion and Lunch Love Community.

2. Film festivals as we know them began in the 1930s.  The Venice International Film Festival began in 1932. Since then it has gone through some hard times. After the Second World War, many countries halted participation in the festival and because of this the festivals of 1940, 1941 and 1942 are considered to have never happened.

In 1968, students rebelled against establishment and the involvement of art by protesting the festival. As a result prizes were not handed out from 1969 - 1979. Since then the Venice Film Festival has had its rebirth and continues to operate today.

3. There are three types of festivals. All festivals can be divided up into three categories: geopolitical, thematic and markets. Geopolitical festivals indicate a specific geographical place or a political relation. Market festivals focus on the effects it has on the economy. FLEFF is a thematic festival as it holds a different theme each year. This year, the theme is Landscapes.

4. Ithaca College graduates still participate in FLEFF. Alumni from different areas of the world come back for the international festival. Some are in town to attend it while others are filmmakers or artists who have work showing at FLEFF. Alum Rodrigo Brandao works as an international distributor for Kino Lorber whose films have shown at FLEFF.

5. Festivals are an experience. I used to think of film festivals in the context of an event, but after reading a book by Marijke de Valck, I have learned that they require complete participation. To see one event at FLEFF is not truly attending the festival. Experiencing festivals are about soaking up the atmosphere, talking with other festivalgoers and artists, and the suspension of real life.

What’s something interesting you’ve learned about film festivals or FLEFF? 


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