Announcing 2013 FLEFF Internship Coordinators


Contributed by Patricia Zimmermann

Professional documentary and multimedia producers Ann Michel and Phil Wilde have been named Internship Coordinators for the 2013 Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival

As a key part of the festival team, Ann Michel and Phil Wilde will manage the FLEFF internship program, which includes the FLEFF Practica courses for interns and the FLEFF Practica for team leaders for the 2013 festival, the 16th anniversary edition. The theme this year is MOBILITIES.

Ann Michel and Phil Wilde bring deep, expansive professional media experience to FLEFF that spans the commercial and nonprofit media worlds. They have wide-ranging management and producing background in arts, music, and film festivals.


Michel and Wilde have produced award-winning film, video, interactive, and digital media for three decades. They are the principals of Insights International, a media production firm that specializes in science and educational nonfiction media for international clients, with offices in Ithaca and in New York City.

Insights International's groundbreaking use of media has been widely recognized for bringing the real world into the classroom and the classroom into the real world.

They have produced media for major museums such as the American Museum of Natural History and the National Gallery of Art and for educational institutions across the United States. They have produced and directed media for a variety of organizations as well as professional and scientific associations such as the National Science Foundation and the United States Departments of Agriculture and the US Department of Energy, and corporations such as FinnAir.  In the commercial sector, they have also worked with the BBC, NBC and the Discovery Channel.

Most recently they were awarded the Blue Ribbon for Educational Aids Competition from the American Society of Agricultural Engineers. They serve as technical consultants for the Light in Winter Festival, an annual festival in Ithaca that links science and the arts. They have been involved with the prestigous  Robert Flaherty Film Seminars, the longest running nonprofit  international forum for documentary film, for three decades.

Since 2006, Michel and Wilde, through their company, Insights International, have served as festival producers for the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival’s special commissions of live music for silent film, frequently  in collaboration with the Human Studies Film Archives of the Smithsonian Institution.  They have also produced and directed the FLEFF trailers. See their work for FLEFF here.

Currently, Ann Michel serves as president of the Robert Flaherty Film Seminars and International Film Seminars Board of Trustees. Phil Wilde has wide-ranging experience in the nonprofit media arts center. He has served on the New York State Council on the Arts grants review panels, on the board of the Robert Flaherty Film Seminars,  the board of Light in Winter, and provided hospitality for the Margaret Mead Film Festival in New York City.

Michel and Wilde write a popular blog for the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival on film/media/new media production called Creating Spaces.

For applications for 2013 FLEFF Internships, FLEFF blogging team,  FLEFF Team Leaders or Assistant  positions, download application from the FLEFF site.

For more information on the 2013 FLEFF Internship, Blogging,  Team Leader  and Assistant positions, see Jonathan Morello, Festival Assistant, in Park 350 on on Tuesday October 16 from 1-4 p.m.