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Syracuse International Film Festival partners with WCNY to present the festival on WCNY-TV, virtually on Zoom, on demand at

WCNY, Central New York’s community-owned public broadcaster, in partnership with the Syracuse International Film Festival, will present the festival’s 70 films on its WCNY-TV and Create channels,  on  Zoom, and on-demand at from Nov. 5 to 15.

Ten films will air on WCNY-TV and all will be available on the Create channel or online. For viewing information, visit To register for the free virtual watch parties on Zoom visit

The festival kicks of on-air with the world premiere of a new film by Daniel Baldwin, “My Promise to PJ”–the first time all four of Central New York’s Baldwin brothers–Daniel, Alec, Billy and Stephen–appear together. Daniel Baldwin and directors of many of the festival’s other works will appear in live Q&A’s after the Zoom presentations. The films include features and shorts from Russia, Italy, Central America, the Middle East, U.S. and countries around the world.

“SIFF is thrilled to partner with WCNY this year. The four platforms they are providing for our exceptional films will enable us to bring the joy of film to people in their 19 county viewing area and beyond,” said John Ginty, president of the Syracuse International Film Festival. “The quality of our films is exceptional during this our 17th annual film festival. We are grateful to Daniel Baldwin for agreeing to premiere his new film here in Syracuse. Here’s to a wonderful festival!”

WCNY President and CEO Mitch Gelman said, “We are excited to partner with SIFF to air these films on WCNY-TV and to host the festival on Zoom and online. Not only does this virtual presentation expand the reach of the festival for audiences beyond Central New York, it continues WCNY’s commitment to provide enriching and thought-provoking work that highlight the artistic talents of our region.”

The festival is sponsored in part by CNY Arts, Onondaga County, Syracuse University, the Jewish Community Center of Syracuse, and InSourcing.

Premiering on WCNY-TV

Nov. 7

9 p.m.—“My Promise to PJ“

10:30 p.m.—“And They Were Roommates: Navigating Inclusive Mentorship in Higher Education”

11:10 p.m.—“Enid & Mami”


Nov. 8

3 p.m.—“Generation Growth”


Nov. 9

11 p.m.—“Slava’s Journey”


Nov. 10

8-9 p.m.—“The Dusty Sea,” “Bubble,” “Pearl Diver,” “Coffee and a Donut,” “A Boy on his Birthday,” and “Under the Flag”


Nov. 13

9:30–10:30 p.m.—“Slava’s Journey”

10:30-11:00 p.m.—“Coffee and a Donut,” “A Boy on his Birthday,” and “Under the Flag”


Nov. 14

8:30 p.m. — “Bolero: A Global Hit”

9:30 p.m.—“Opeka”


Premiering on Create TV

Nov. 7

9-9:30 p.m.—Shorts: “The Dusty Sea,” “Bubble,” and “Pearl Driver”


Nov. 11

11 p.m.—“Can You Hear Us Now?”


Nov. 12

11:00 p.m.—“Passion Makes School”


Nov. 13

9 p.m.—“Unlocking Doors to Cinema”


Nov. 14

9-9:30 p.m.—Shorts: “Coffee and a Donut” “A Boy on His Birthday” and “Under The Flag”


About WCNY

WCNY was founded in 1965 as The Educational Television Council of Central New York. Today, it is a community-owned media company that produces content across multiple platforms, including television and radio, dynamic web and targeted email, the WCNY CONNECT magazine, and social media. Through online streaming, WCNY has a global audience throughout the United States and in 17 countries. WCNY operates five digital, pledge-free broadcast channels and three radio stations. Towers are located in Watertown and Utica, and WCNY’s radio programming extends into Canada. Classic FM is one of a few radio stations dedicated to locally programmed classical music.

Educational services include the TV Classroom Network, workshops; a 10,000 square-foot Education Center; Read Out, a radio reading service for the visually impaired; Enterprise America for middle school students; and a media and marketing communications program for high school students.

WCNY is LEED® Platinum Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, the highest certification level in Leadership, Energy & Environmental Design, and was named  non-profit “Business of the Year”  by CenterState CEO in 2014.

About Syracuse International Film Festival

The Syracuse International Film Festival was created in 2003 as the place where information by, for and about film and media-related programs could be brought to the community: members produce, present and promote programs throughout the year that are created to engage, inspire, and entertain.

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