Why be a sponsor?
At Blackbird, our mission is to create an inclusive festival atmosphere for experienced professionals and first-time filmmakers and artists to connect and inspire each other. We also strive to bring unique and engaging arts programming to the central New York community and surrounding areas. At Blackbird, we believe film to be a very powerful medium that has the ability to bring people together in a time of division and misunderstanding. For that reason, Blackbird remains a FREE event for all to attend as we feel that everyone should have the opportunity to connect through beautiful images and compelling stories. Additionally, Blackbird also wants festival attendees to explore the Cortland community as well as the surrounding Finger Lakes area while they visit and so as Blackbird continues to grow, we hope that Cortland's businesses and organization can continue to grow with us.
Whether you decide to select one of our Sponsorship Packages outlined below or creates a customized partnership, you are committing your name to a positive and worthwhile experience that has the power to educate, entertain and engage a captive audience. Please also know that Blackbird is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization in New York state and all donations are tax deductible.
We look forward to working with you and your organization!
SPONSOR A COFFEE BREAK
Sponsor a coffee break for filmmakers and attendees during the festival with a "Coffee Courtesy of ______________" and know that it will be thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated!
SPONSOR A FILMMAKER
Sponsor a filmmaker by contributing to our attendee support fund for travel and lodging so that we may assist directors and talent with costs associated with getting to Cortland and representing their film!
SPONSOR A FILM SCREENING
Sponsor a specific film screening at the festival and have your name / business displayed at the start of that particular block of films. We will work with you to figure out which thematic block of film best matches your interest!
SPONSOR A FESTIVAL AWARD
Sponsor a specific festival award and work with Blackbird to set the parameters of that award - for instance, perhaps your organization would like to sponsor an award for young female filmmakers working in comedy - we can do that!
OFFICIAL FESTIVAL SPONSOR
Become an Official Festival Sponsor of the Blackbird Film Festival and have your organization's name prominently displayed on all festival promotions (programs, banners, posters) and at the start of all film screenings.
DONATION OF GOODS / SERVICES
Perhaps you would prefer to donate gift cards, raffle baskets, candles, discounts, etc. to filmmakers and festival attendees? Please let us know what you are thinking and we can work with you to make it happen!