The 5th Annual Blackbird Film Festival is happening on April 20 – 22.

The 5th Annual Blackbird Film Festival based in Cortland, NY will screen over 120 short films from around the world including films from local CNY filmmakers!

The festival is FREE for all!

The 2018 Blackbird Film Festival will host a weekend of film screenings from April 20th to April 22nd in Cortland, NY. The festival is FREE for all to attend and prides itself on the high quality of films and filmmakers that fill the 10+ screening blocks throughout the weekend. Each year Blackbird screens between 120 and 150 films with an emphasis on short form production. In addition to the many wonderful films, Blackbird also offers a variety of mentor-ship opportunities, workshops, and industry talks geared toward the seasoned professional as well as the first-time director. For example, the 2018 lineup will include a round table discussion with the NYS Governor’s Office of Motion Picture and Television covering all things production in New York State as well as a special “Women in Film” screening followed by a moderated panel discussion addressing the many issues affecting female filmmakers working in the industry today and brainstorming ways in which we all can work together to create a more safe, fair, and productive work environment on set for everyone. Blackbird is also an intimate festival which makes it a great place to meet fellow filmmakers and form lasting bonds! As director Ben Tobin once put it, “Blackbird is not an assembly line festival, each film is given its due.” 

We’ve got big plans for the 2018 season as we continue to grow! Whether you’re a filmmaker or just a film enthusiast, we hope you will join us this year and experience what makes the Blackbird Film Festival one of the “Top 100 Best Reviewed” festivals according to FilmFreeway!