Fourth annual Black Bird Film Festival to be bigger and better

Anderson, Ind. — The fourth annual Black Bird Film Festival will be held at Anderson University on the evening of Wednesday, April 29, 2020 in York Performance Hall. Doors will open to the public at 6:15 p.m. and screenings begin at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. 

The event is sponsored by the cinema program in AU’s Department of Communication and Design Arts. The film festival showcases the work of student filmmakers with a wide range of genres including comedy, drama, and documentary style. 

Jack Lugar, associate professor of cinema and media arts, said that this year’s festival is expected to continue in its growth in quality and attendance. This is primarily due to a generous sponsorship from Steve Folgate’s local Allstate agency. “Steve has been a big supporter of our department in the past,” said Lugar. Folgate made a sizable donation in which Lugar says will help them “do better advertising and promotion, have an after-party for the filmmakers, and even a red carpet reminiscent of Hollywood openings.” 

Lugar noted that the festival typically features short narrative and documentary films that the students produce as class and independent projects. He added, “Winners in various categories will receive trophies that we refer to as ‘the Squawkies.’” These trophies are awarded to the best in categories such as film, director, editor, and cinematographer and much more.

For more information, contact Professor Lugar at or at 765.641.4343. 

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.

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