THE BIRD RETURNS
April 28-30, 2023
Beyond film screenings, the Blackbird Film Festival offers a variety of Special Events for filmmakers, VIP guests and the community to participate in!
3PM - 4PM • SUNY Cortland, Old Main
Start your 2023 festival weekend off right with an ice cream social! This event is free and open to all as we celebrate the start of another season!
8PM - 9:30PM • SUNY Cortland, Old Main
Semi-Formal Reception for Filmmakers and VIP Guests to kick off the 2023 Blackbird Film Festival with style! Passed Appetizers and a cash bar.
8:30AM - 9:30AM • BRU64 Coffee House
Start your morning off right with some fresh coffee from BRU64 - Cortland's very best cafe - and get to know the visiting filmmakers!
9:30AM - 11:30AM • Depart from BRU64
Filmmakers and VIP guests are invited on a Cortland adventure tour, covering all the sights and exploring some of the beauty central New York has to offer!
11:30AM - 1PM • Hollywood Restaurant
Whether you're a movie buff or just like lunch, join Blackbird for some Film Trivia at the Hollywood Restaurant! Full lunch menu and bar available for purchase.
7:30PM - 9PM • SUNY Cortland, Old Main
Join Blackbird for a guided painting class and enjoy a glass of wine or beer while creating a unique film themed piece of art! Ticket Required ($25)
8:30AM - 9:30AM • SUNY Cortland, Old Main
Filmmakers and VIP Guests are invited to a buffet style breakfast to start the day!
9AM - 10AM • SUNY Cortland, Old Main
Jonathan Chekroune, master cinematographer for Vogue, Dolce Vita, Hill House, will host a workshop for directors interested in learning more about cinematography.
2PM - 3PM • SUNY Cortland, Old Main
Enjoy a "make your own" taco buffet while filmmaker and disability activist Carl Hansen discusses the many ways to make our films more accessible.
6:30PM - 8PM • SUNY Cortland, Old Main
Join Blackbird for a Red Carpet Reception followed by the 2023 Award Ceremony with Passed Appetizers and a Cash Bar!