FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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GENERAL EVENT QUESTIONS

When and where does the Blackbird Film Festival take place?

The 2021 Blackbird Film + Arts Festival will be hosted at the Greek Peak Mountain Resort from Thursday, June 17th to Sunday, June 20th and features Outdoor Tented Film Screenings during the day and Drive-In Movie Screenings in the evening as well as an Artisan Craft Fair, Live Music, Beer + Wine Tastings, and much more! A full schedule of events can be found HERE.

What should I expect at the festival?

After a long year of quarantine, it's time to get out and enjoy a weekend packed full of Outdoor Socially Safe Activities at the 2021 Blackbird Film + Arts Festival! The festival includes Outdoor Tented Screenings of over 100 Independent Films from around the world as well as nightly Drive-In Movies and S’more Firepits! On Saturday and Sunday, be sure to check out our curated Artisan Craft Fair featuring 20+ Local Artists and Live Music along with Wine and Beer Tasting as well as an assortment of Family Fun Activities! Additionally, Blackbird and Greek Peak have partnered to host a special Father’s Day BBQ on Sunday, June 20th with smoked chicken and Brisket!

How do the Drive-In movies work?

Much like a vintage drive-in movie theater, attendees park their car in an assigned parking spot, tune their radio to a specific station and enjoy films from the comfort of their own car. To ensure attendees can see the screen, our projectionists must wait until sunset to begin which may delay the start time for some of the earlier screenings. Attendees are also able to purchase food and beverage from the concession stand as well as order from the TRAX-2-Go menu for "car-side" delivery. Attendees are welcome to bring chairs and sit outside their car however, please know that you'll need a radio to hear the audio from the films. More info about the Drive-In Movies can be found HERE.

What is the address of the Festival?

Use the following address to locate the 2021 Blackbird Film + Arts Festival. When you arrive, there will be Blackbird signs pointing you in the right direction!

Greek Peak Mountain Resort - Adventure Center

1856 NY-392

Cortland, NY 13045

www.Greekpeak.net

Does the festival have a MAILING ADDRESS?

Yes, if you wish to send material to Blackbird, please use the following address:

Blackbird Film Festival

ATTN: SUNY Cortland

125F Van Hoesen Hall

Cortland, NY 13045

​How much does it cost to attend the festival?

All film screenings and events at the Blackbird Film + Arts Festival are FREE for all to attend. However, some special events are restricted to Filmmakers and VIP badge holders.

 

How old is Blackbird?

Blackbird was started in 2015 as a small film festival for high school aged students in Cambridge, MA. However, Blackbird soon began accepting film submissions from around the world and hosted an online festival in late December 2015. In 2016, Blackbird moved to Cortland, NY and developed its physical festival presence. When the COVID19 pandemic struck in 2020, Blackbird was forced to adapt and ran our first ever, Sunset Cinema Festival with drive-in movies. Building off the success of the 2020 season, Blackbird partnered with Greek Peak to host a full Film + Arts event during mid-June!

 

Who attends Blackbird?

Most of the festival attendees are film enthusiasts, community members and filmmakers from the surrounding areas – NYC, Boston, Toronto, Montreal, Syracuse, and Buffalo. Blackbird also attracts a large number of media production students from nearby colleges.

 

I am strictly a film fan and don't work in the business. Can I attend the festival?

Absolutely! It's FREE to attend all film screenings.

 

How can I contact Blackbird?

The best way to contact Blackbird would be to visit the CONTACT page and submit a message. If you are a filmmaker with an accepted film, you should consider contacting your Official Blackbird Contact Person for more personalized help.

 

What can you tell me about Cortland, NY?

Cortland is a small town located in Central New York near the Finger Lakes Wine Region. The town is about 30 minutes south of Syracuse, 20 minutes northeast of Ithaca, and about 4 hours northwest of New York City. The town is home to the State University of New York, College at Cortland and has a population of about 20,000 – not including students. During the winter months, Cortland is known for the many ski resorts surrounding the town like Greek Peak Mountain Resort – one of Blackbird’s sponsor. In the spring and summer months, the area is known for wine tasting and water sports on the Finger Lakes. During the fall, the area becomes a rich burst of color as all the leaves change to a vibrant red, orange, and yellow. Cortland has a lot to discover!

 

What kind of weather can I expect during Blackbird’s weekend?

Mid-June in central New York tends to be a very beautiful time of year with warm weather and clear skies! The average temperature for Cortland, NY in June is 76° during the day and 54° at night.

 

Where should I stay during the festival weekend?

We are encouraging all guests to stay at the Greek Peak Mountain Resort during the festival weekend as all festival events and activities will be directly across the street and easily accessible! More information about Travel + Lodging can be found HERE.

 

Are the Blackbird screening venues accessible?

Yes. The Blackbird Film + Arts Festival will be hosted outside on flat ground and is 100% accessible.
For information on accommodations please contact Julie@blackbirdfilmfestival.com

 

What should I do to ensure that I get a seat at the film screenings?

Due to limited space and COVID19 distancing requirements, the Outdoor Film Screening tents will be caped at 60 guests. Therefore, be sure to arrive early to secure a seat.

 

TICKETS & FESTIVAL BADGES

How much does it cost to attend the Blackbird Film Festival?

All film screenings and events at the Blackbird Film + Arts Festival are FREE for all to attend. However, some special events are restricted to Filmmakers and VIP badge holders.

What types of festival badges are there?

At Blackbird, we have several types of festival badges with different access levels. Our BIRDIE Badge is FREE and gives you access to all film screenings and events as well as several special events. Our FILMMAKER and VIP ALL ACCESS Badge are reserved for filmmakers and their guest and are unfortunately not for sale.

Where can I purchase VIP "All Access" Badges?

VIP "All Access" Badges are reserved for guests of filmmakers and are unfortunately not for sale

How many complimentary VIP "All Access" Badges do accepted Filmmakers receive?

Every director with a film in the festival will receive a personalized FILMMAKER badge for themselves and the ability to reserve up-to five VIP "All Access" Badges for cast and crew and/or friends and family.

Does Blackbird offer PRESS passes?

Yes, if you are a member of the press, you can apply to receive an All Access Press Badge HERE.

 

FILM SUBMISSION QUESTIONS

How can I submit a film to the Blackbird Film Festival?

Blackbird ONLY accepts film submissions via FilmFreeway. Anyone interested in submitting a film to Blackbird will need to create a FREE account on FilmFreeway and upload their project first. Once you have a FilmFreeway account, you can submit a film HERE. Please feel free to contact us at anytime if you have any questions or concerns about this.

How can I submit to the New York State category as it is password protected?

You can apply for the category password HERE by completing a simple questionnaire.

Is there a runtime / length limit for films?

Yes, Blackbird has a runtime limit of 150 minutes. However, be aware that longer films are very hard to program and therefore, we typically only accept a few films over 40 minutes each season making it very competitive. We would encourage you to review submission statistic information HERE before submitting.

Is there a release date requirement for films?

Technically, we'd liked films to have been completed within the last three years. However, we have included older content before. With that said, we'd like to bring new content to our audience and so older films may have a harder time being accepted.

My film has already screened at several film festivals, does this mean it is disqualified from Blackbird?

Absolutely not! Blackbird does not have any premiere restrictions.

My film is available online, does this mean it is disqualified from Blackbird?

Absolutely not! Blackbird does not have any release restrictions.

If my film is Officially Selected, does Blackbird pay a "screening fee"?

Only feature films receive a screening fee contingent on the filmmaker's attendance.

Can I submit more than one film to Blackbird for consideration?

Yes, you can submit as many films as you like. However, please be aware that we rarely include multiple films by the same director.

When do I need to send my film to Blackbird?

​Only after you receive the Official Selection notification from FilmFreeway. Instructions will be included in that email when the time comes.

 

​If Officially Selected to the Festival, how will my film be shown?

Films selected for inclusion in the festival will be assigned a screening block during the festival weekend in Cortland, New York. Filmmakers will be provided with a complete schedule of events around the time Official Selections are announced.

 

FEE WAIVERS & DISCOUNTS

Does Blackbird offer submission fee waivers?

No, at this time Blackbird does not offer submission fee waivers. Submission fees are necessary parts of Film Festivals that go to cover a variety of event costs such as venues, foods, entertainment, promotional material, etc. However, Blackbird does offer a variety of promotional codes throughout the festival season. Follow Blackbird on Twitter @Blackbirdfest or on Facebook for special deals and promotions.

Are there any discounts available?

Yes, please use the promotional code: WEBSITE for 30% off submission fees on FilmFeeway.

I am from a US sanctioned country (such as Iran) and therefore cannot pay a submission fee, can I receive a fee waiver?

While this is very unfortunate and unfair, we still cannot offer you a fee waiver. There are several reasons for this. Firstly, we receive hundreds of requests like this each season and we simply cannot ask our judges to review so many additional films that have not paid a submission fee. Our judge's time must first go to the filmmakers who have paid a fee to submit their work. Secondly, we have no way of verifying whether a filmmaker is actually from a sanctioned county. Unfortunately, we discovered that some filmmakers were using this as an excuse when in fact they are not currently living in a sanctioned country. So again, we do not offer fee waivers for this.