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CAYUGA FILM FESTIVAL YEAR 3 IS IN THE BOOKS!

Year 4 is coming soon 🙂 Be sure to us on Facebook or Instagram for updates!

Relive the festivities from CFF 2023 below!


Cayuga Film Festival 2023 was an extraordinary weekend, and we have a lot of people to thank!

Thank you to all the filmmakers that submitted their vibrant work! It was wonderful meeting every single filmmaker and we hope you’ll continue to create art and submit your creations in the future!

A huge thank you to our second Harriet Tubman Freedom Award recipients 
Ry Ferro, Deborah C. Hoard of Photosynthesis Productions and Laura Branca of the Dorothy Cotton Institute for coming this year to screen their film, MOVE WHEN THE SPIRIT SAYS MOVE: The Legacy of Dorothy Foreman Cotton, and stay for a Q&A after film! The film is so special, and we hope that it finally lands Dorothy in National Women’s Hall of Fame!! 

We held our FIRST EVER Cayuga Film Festival Jr.! A huge shoutout to Mo Allyn, instructors Teddy Brill, Carmen Liberatore and Matt Drastle, students at the Booker T. Washington Community Center afterschool program, as well as Brandon Wakeham for the opportunity to have middle school students experience the craft of filmmaking and see their work on the screen!

The biggest thank you to Cayuga Tourism for sponsoring the inaugural Harriet Tubman Freedom Award, as well as Cayuga Film Festival Jr. This was their third year as a sponsor and we’re so lucky to have them!


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3 at 7pm

MOVE WHEN THE SPIRIT SAYS MOVE: The Legacy of Dorothy Foreman Cotton

Director and editor RY FERRO is our Harriet Tubman Freedom Award Winner, and we’ll be also honor producer, PhotoSynthesis Productions and executive producer, The Dorothy Cotton Institute for their collaboration with the film.

at Auburn Public Theater

ABOUT THE FILM:

Dorothy Foreman Cotton was a bold and highly effective civil rights leader, who educated thousands in their citizenship rights and inspired generations of activists with her powerful freedom songs. The only woman on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s executive staff, Dorothy was a charismatic, courageous and consistently overlooked key player in the Civil Rights Movement, whose freedom schools, freedom songs and inspiring messages of the power within us all are profoundly needed today.

WATCH THE TRAILER BELOW!

The Harriet Tubman Freedom Award is given to an industry professional who utilizes their talents in storytelling and voice to create powerful and meaningful art. The Harriet Tubman Freedom Award is sponsored by the great folks at TourCayuga in the Finger Lakes


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4 at 10am

The First Annual Cayuga Film Festival Jr!

at Auburn Public Theater

Cayuga Film Festival is so excited to add programming for the younger filmmakers out there! On Saturday, November 4 at 10am, we will be screening the work that  young filmmakers have crafted and created in afterschool film clubs and summer camps this past year! ?

?️ CHECK OUT THE LINEUP
Seward Elementary: “The Elves are Done”
Genesee Elementary: “The Sassy Girls”
Auburn Jr High School: “Haunted House”
Booker T Washington: “Feuding Families”
Booker T Washington: “ESCAPE”
Casey Park Elementary: “You’re It!”

APT Summer Film Camp: 
“Maverick and Murphy: World’s Greatest Detectives”

APT Summer Music Video Camp: 
“Lift Me Up: Performed by Ashley “Slim” Stevenson”


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4 at 1:00pm

The THIRD ANNUAL Cayuga Film Festival!

What an incredible selection this year! We can’t wait to screen the Winners and Award of Distinction recipients at our third annual festival. Below you’ll find the screening order, as well as the times each event is happening!

at Auburn Public Theater


Whether it’s your first festival, or your 30th, there’s something really special about having your work screened and celebrated in a community excited about film.

In association with Cayuga Community College and Auburn Public Theater, CFF provides a space for narrative, documentary, experimental and animated short films to be screened and seen by filmmakers of all ages

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Create & Connect to Cinema

Cayuga Film Festival highlights the work from high school, college, and emerging filmmakers with separate entry categories for each group.

In association with Cayuga Community College and Auburn Public Theater, this festival provides a space for narrative, documentary, experimental and animated short films to be screened and shared with the community.

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