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CFF 2023

CAYUGA FILM FESTIVAL YEAR 3 IS IN THE BOOKS!

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

PHOTO CREDIT: MARK FEOCCO

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!

Our partners Auburn Public TheaterCayuga Community CollegeTelecom Cayuga, as well as Juliette Zyg Picture Studios for directing the festival for the third year.

Our wonderful volunteers and APT staff who joined us days made this event so successful and run extremely smoothly. 

And our lovely photographer, Mark Feocco, who took the amazing photos and documented the event perfectly. 

PHOTO CREDIT: MARK FEOCCO

This was such a grand time and we can’t wait to do it all over again next year!

Be sure to follow along on Facebook or Instagram for updates on when season four begins.


LET’S RECAP.

EDITING CREDIT: JULIETTE ZYG

Festival Weekend Itinary:

RIDAY, 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

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


THE OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

Congratulations to all our Winners, Award of Distinction Recipients and Honorable Mentions!


Introducing our Harriet Tubman Freedom Award Winner, RY FERRO!

Ry was a director and editor on her film MOVE WHEN THE SPIRIT SAYS MOVE: The Legacy of Dorothy Foreman Cotton, which explores Ms. Cotton’s work and legacy as a key player in the Civil Rights Movement.

Additionally, we’ll be honoring producer, PhotoSynthesis Productions and executive producer, The Dorothy Cotton Institute!

We will be screening MOVE WHEN THE SPIRIT SAYS MOVE: The Legacy of Dorothy Foreman Cotton on November 3, 2023 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.

Directed by Ry Ferro & Deborah C. Hoard Produced by PhotoSynthesis Productions and The Dorothy Cotton Institute

Watch the trailer!

ABOUT RY —
Ry Ferro is a graduate of the Park School of Communications at Ithaca College and has been shooting and editing award-winning documentary films since 2004. She is an activist filmmaker with a focus on human rights and civic engagement. THERE’S YOUR READY GIRL, her short film about Dorothy F. Cotton, won numerous awards and received significant praise for its timely and critical message.

ABOUT PHOTOSYNTHESIS PRODUCTIONS —
PhotoSynthesis Productions is a little film company that exists on a big world stage. Owned by Deborah C. Hoard, Film Producer & Director, PSP has filmed the Dalai Lama, documented a total eclipse of the sun in Bolivia, and had their film, They Call It Myanmar named one of the top documentaries of 2012. Their work for clients like Cornell University and the National Geographic Society have won more than 200 national and international media awards. PSP is dedicated to using the power of film for education and social justice. For 30 years they have produced long- and short-form films that reach international audiences with diverse messages of equity and positive change.

ABOUT THE DOROTHY COTTON INSTITUTE —
The Dorothy Cotton Institute was first conceived in 2007 by Dorothy and a small group of her colleagues. Originally envisioned as a Dorothy Cotton Fellowship, this idea quickly expanded to imagining a small independent institute offering popular education and training to inspire and support people who want to foster and protect human rights and to advance civic participation for social transformation.

ABOUT THE AWARD:

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