August 4-7, 2016

2014 BlackStar Film Festival Announces Call for Film Submissions and Revamped Screenplay Competition

May 24, 2014

Screenplay contestants compete for a chance to have script produced by renowned director Terence Nance


PHILADELPHIA, PA – The producing committee of the third annual BlackStar Film Festival, supported by the James S. and John L. Knight Foundation, announced its call for short screenplay submissions today. This announcement comes exactly two weeks after the film submissions opened (competition in short and feature, narrative and documentary categories); both to close on May 15th at 11:59pm EST.


Finalists will be announced on July 1st after thoughtful selection by a celebrated jury of industry professionals. Frontrunners will have their work read live during BSFF ‘14 and the winning screenplay will be announced during a closing awards event on Sunday, August 3rd at World Café Live. The winning screenplay will be produced by BlackStar and directed by celebrated director Terence Nance, who will also helm this year’s jury.


The third annual festival takes place from Thursday, July 31st through Sunday, August 3rd at venues throughout University City including International House Philadelphia, Institute of Contemporary Art at University of Pennsylvania, Scribe Video Center, and World Café Live.

The BlackStar Short Screenplay Competition launched in 2013 thanks in part to the Knight Arts Challenge Grant. Writer/performer Radha Blank took home the grand prize of $2,500. Last year’s jury consisted of producer/director Lisa Cortés, literary agent Adesuwa McCalla, actor Dorian Missick, and actor/musician Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter.

“We are super excited to put this unique spin on the 2014 screenplay competition. I have a lot of respect for Terence’s work and am so grateful for his enthusiastic participation,” says BlackStar founder Maori Holmes.

Terence Nance is a critically-acclaimed film director and multi-hyphenate artist known for An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, which premiered in the New Frontier section of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. His catalog includes collaborations with artists like Wangechi Mutu, Pharoahe Monch, Cody ChesnuTT, and Hank Willis Thomas.