Cortland, New York  |  October 1st - 4th, 2020


Online  |  October 5th - 18th, 2020


2020 festival stats

Total Submissions:  2073

Films Accepted:  95

Acceptance Rate:  4.58%


48 Female Filmmakers

40 Male Filmmakers

7 Prefer not to share

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Greek Peak Mountain Resort

October 1st - 4th

From Thursday, October 1st to Sunday, October 4th, the Blackbird Film Festival joined forces with the Greek Peak Mountain Resort to host four free evenings screenings of our amazing 2020 film line up at their newly built Outdoor Cinema Theater for a fun and unique outing under the stars! While this drive-in event was not at all what we envisioned for 2020, we were very pleased with the results and will be incorporating this type of outdoor cinema in future seasons!


Online Virtual Portal

October 5th - 18th

Because the COVID19 pandemic made travel impossible for many of the 2020 filmmakers, we decided to host a two week Virtual Festival immediately following the Sunset Cinema event so that our 2020 selection of films would be accessible to all. Much like the Sunset Cinema event, this Virtual Festival was not in our initial plans but turned out to be a great way to engage more filmmakers and attendees! 


Michelle Alexander

Considering ALL that the Blackbird Film Festival was up against in 2020 they did a truly stellar job of making us feel like our film was still a part of something special. They were incredible at communication, their online platform was easy to use, and they were just one of the most 'virtually hospitable' festivals we've dealt with so far!


Mojtaba Mirshekari

Communication was great! Although I couldn't attend the festival to present my film "Birthday", the whole festival team was great in communication and updating me on the events. Totally recommend entering.


Ksenia Ivanova

This festival is fabulous. Everything, from the communication with filmmakers to the festival program, is phenomenal. In the year, when the festival life was significantly influenced by the pandemic, the Blackbird team was able to organize the screenings and panels, where filmmakers received the opportunity to meet each other and share their work.


Kyle Thompson

Such a great film festival! Given the circumstances, Blackbird pulled off an amazing event for the filmmakers. The Blackbird team did a kick-ass job making this event the best it could be. Not to mention, Cortland NY is such a fun area. We'll absolutely submit again and I can't wait to go back!


Caroline Sweet

The team did such an amazing job recognizing and acknowledging all the films and creators that are a part of the festival. They were warm, welcoming, inviting and all that in spite of Covid! Can’t wait to be there in person. A must do festival.