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Each year LEF sponsors 4 New England filmmakers' attendance at the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, a weeklong immersive experience where filmmakers, artists, scholars and curators gather to watch and discuss films. The theme of this year's seminar was "Open Wounds," programmed by Josexto Cerdán. Garth Donovan was one of this year's LEF New England Flaherty Fellows  and he wrote about his experience at the seminar - we look forward to sharing posts from all 4 of the LEF Fellows soon...

Not attempting to earn brownie points here, but I actually did enter this year’s Flaherty Seminar with little or no preconceptions, especially about what I would be seeing up on the big screen. Honoring the mantra of its creator Robert Flaherty harvested a great deal of insightand inspiration both to the simple human and the filmmaker inside me.
Sometimes they seem like the overlooked little siblings of the movie family, but short films need nurturing just like their feature-length counterparts. Fortunately, there are some exciting opportunities out there right now for shorts;  if you’re in the process of making one, these avenues might help shepherd it towards a successful future.

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