FLEFF Blogging Internship Applications Open

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Film Festivals and Blogging: FLEFF 2018
Dr. Patricia R. Zimmermann
CRN 43244 HNRS 20051 T 6:50-9:30 

Application Process: 

Admission to the seminar and FLEFF blogging internship requires a short application and is competitive.

Requirements:  Must have one full year of courses at Ithaca College and at minimum sophomore standing. Students previously enrolled in the FLEFF Festivals course as FLEFF Fellows or in the Honors seminar in Participatory Cultures have priority as FLEFF blogging interns.  Overrides available for students outside the Honors program for this seminar and internship.

(Note:  students with sophomore standing through credits but who are currently in their first year as Ithaca College students are not eligible.  These students should enroll in the one-credit/P/F FLEFF Festivals that runs during the festival FLEFF Festivals GCOM 12000 CRN 43325, where they will be considered FLEFF Fellows.)

To apply:

Write no more than a one-page letter  (500 words maximum) explaining your major, GPA, your academic interests, why you are interested in participating in FLEFF 2018 as a blogging intern,  and what particular aspects of FLEFF interest you (review the FLEFF website before writing your application).   Also note if you have taken the FLEFF Festivals course or the Honors Seminar in Participatory Cultures.

Send your application letter to:  fleffblogging2018@gmail.com

Applications are now open and will close November 14.  Applicants will be notified of admission to the seminar and the internship on a rolling basis, so apply early.                  

Seminar Description

This advanced seminar engages competitively selected students in an intensive and immersive experience in the 20th Annual Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF) as bloggers and festival ambassadors. Students serves as interns for FLEFF 2018.

The course provides students with a coordinated blend of theory, history, and practice. The course works within an international and transnational focus. It explores and analyzes the histories, operations, politics, creative industries impact, and programming of festivals as a critical nodal point in the entertainment and arts industries through significant books from the scholarly literature.

This seminar provides an avenue to learn professional blogging for film festivals and arts/entertainment organizations, with students writing for the FLEFF blogs in a very public, high profile way, interviewing the festival team and festival guests.  It also provides training in learning how to be part of the staff of a festival by thoroughly learning all aspects of the history of FLEFF, its mission and vision, its financing, partnerships, programming, the current year’s programming, and current year’s goals for audience development and engagement as well as visibility.

Finally, the course probes the purpose of festivals as a place for embodied, meaningful, and significant conversations about issues of importance in the world. Blogging interns have special access to festival guests and special events and convenings.

Special notes:  bloggers need to commit to full immersion in FLEFF during FLEFF week both on and off campus. However, classes come first. These sessions will replace some seminar sessions post-festival as they cover required class meeting sessions. Blogging interns receive a FLEFF staff t-shirt, lanyard, and a complimentary festival pass.