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The Blackbird Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in central New York state that celebrates and supports independent filmmakers from around the world. At the Blackbird Film Festival, we strive to curate an inclusive festival atmosphere - an environment where experienced professionals and first time filmmakers can strike up conversation and perhaps take something away from one another.


Founded in 2015 initially as a festival for young filmmakers, the Blackbird Film Festival opened submissions to all filmmakers in 2016 with the hope of encouraging collaboration, inspiring creativity and sharing perspectives from around the world. With this in mind, Blackbird remains a festival geared towards the learning experience and attracts a large number of media production students and film enthusiasts. Additionally, as we at Blackbird believe film to be one of the most powerful ways we tell our stories and share our experiences, it is imperative that we ensure all people are being represented. Since 2018, Blackbird has been committed to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility within our film programming by ensuring, first and foremost, that at least 50% of selected films are written and/or directed by woman. Additionally, our programmers are devoted to curating screenings that include as many new and diverse voices from BIPOC, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and people of all abilities.​

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 unforgettable.



The Blackbird Film Festival would not be possible without the generous support provided by our Festival Sponsors who understand the value film, and the arts in general, brings to a community. We Thank You for your continued support! Interested in becoming a sponsor? Please Contact Us!

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