After months of preparation, the festival finally began. And just like that, it was over. Six days of chaos and fun in which there were over 100,000 tickets sold, and over 100 films shown. The energy that this community brought to the festival was electric. The city was buzzing with people from all over, talking about films they saw, discussing what they want to see next, and enjoying being in beautiful Traverse City.
During the Festival, our work was mostly putting out fires and helping wherever we could. Because all of the post production work needed to be done before the festival, we had a bit of time to relax while also providing a helping hand for the other departments. We ended up running around town delivering different assets for the festival on some days and on others we had some time to chat with our boss and the other interns. We ended creating a song to culminate our experience at the film festival as well as a music video to go along with it.
On the last day of the festival, all of the interns went to see Moana on the inflatable screen by the lake. It was the last film of the festival and thousands of moviegoers came to see the finale of this great festival. It was quite a sight to see people from all walks of life coming together to enjoy a great movie together. Listening to everyone from little kids to fellow interns singing along to the music reminded me how much I love the way film brings people together.