4 days / 40 films / 4 continents
By Indie Means Necessary.

August 4-7, 2016


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Panels & Workshops

BlackStar Film Festival workshops are an opportunity to connect with the artists and further the craft.


Black Women in Indie Film

Join us for a discusson of black women in indie film.

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Designing in the Morning

A discussion on the design process and how to structure a creative life.

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Media & Social Justice

Join us as we share strategies and success stories for harnessing social media for justice.

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Behind the Scenes

Take a look behind the curtain to witness the method to the madness.

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Master Class

Sam Pollard &
The Writing Process

Academy-nominated filmmaker, documentarian, and professor Sam Pollard leads a master class on the craft of film writing.

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From Last Year

Check out the gallery from our 2015 festival


Film Lineup

This year we present over 80 films for our biggest year ever—a carefully-curated selection of some of the best independent films from across the globe made by and about people of African descent or who otherwise identify as Black.

View the scheduleMeet the Jurors

Feature Documentary

BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez

A performance-packed documentary which reveals Sanchez’s singular place in the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s.

Short Narrative


It would be just another day for Leonard, except that the Commission is hot on his trail for his latest infraction.

Short Narrative

Tap Shoes and Violins

Are Charlie and Scott destined to finally meet or will the complexities of love cause each of them to give up altogether?

Feature Narrative

Christmas Wedding Baby

Three sisters gather in their North Florida hometown for the youngest’s Christmastime wedding.

Feature Narrative

In the Morning

This moving exploration of relationships grapples with the realities of marriage, infidelity, and heartbreak in Brooklyn.

Feature Narrative

Losing Ground

A professor is embarking on a quest to understand “ecstasy” just as her husband sets off on a an exploration of joy.

Short Documentary

Of Slaves and Saints

Within the borders of the outback of Bahia men and women gather to celebrate the Langa of Our Lady Aparecida.

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For the 5th celebration of cinema focused on work by and about people of color in a global context.

Latest News

Here’s what’s being said right now.

August 4, 2015

Philadelphia, PA — BlackStar this morning announced the Jury, Audience and other special awards of the 2015 BlackStar Film Festival at the Closing Awards Ceremony, hosted by legendary hip hop artist and radio personality Monie Love, featuring performances by Phonte, Muhsinah, Navasha Daya, Ethel Cee, and Norvis, Jr., at World Café Live in Philadelphia, PA. […]

June 23, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Cooper (215) 625-7988   Philadelphia, PA – June 23, 2015 – The BlackStar Film Festival, presented by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation (, announced its official film line-up for the 4th annual festival to be held July 30 ­August 2, 2015 at locations throughout the […]

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