About

A group photo of festival staff, year-round staff, and board taken at the conclusion of the 2021 BlackStar Film Festival. It shows the group huddle together and posing for the camera, which is slightly above the crowd. Most people are smiling widely and there are a number of bright colors worn. It is taken outside in the early evening.

Mission

BlackStar creates the spaces and resources needed to uplift the work of Black, Brown and Indigenous artists working outside of the confines of genre. We do this by producing year-round programs including film screenings, exhibitions, an annual film festival, a filmmaker seminar, a film production lab, and a journal of visual culture. These programs provide artists opportunities for viable strategies for collaborations with other artists, audiences, funders, and distributors.

We prioritize visionary work that is experimental in its aesthetics, content, and form and builds on the work of elders and ancestors to imagine a new world. We elevate artists who are overlooked, invisibilized or misunderstood and celebrate the wide spectrum of aesthetics, storytelling and experiences that they bring. We bring that work to new audiences as well as place it in dialog with other past and contemporary work. And, we curate every aspect of our events to be intentional community building efforts, connecting diverse audiences in a Black-led space centered on joy and thriving.

2021 Annual Report


Board of Directors

  • Amanda Branson Gill Co-Founder, Kilo Films
    Treasurer
  • Denise C. Beek Chief Communications Officer,
    ‘me too.’ International
    Co-Chair
  • Eric Bai Strategic Partnerships Manager, Airwallex
  • Jamila Farwell Director of Documentary Series, Netflix
  • Maori Karmael Holmes Artistic Director & CEO, BlackStar
  • Sekou Campbell Partner, Culhane Meadows PLLC
    Co-Chair
  • Sunanda Ghosh Nonprofit Strategy
    Consultant
  • Tayyib Smith Principal, Little Giant, Smith&Roller, Pipeline Philly
    Secretary
  • Ted Passon President, All Ages Productions
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Address

BlackStar
1901 South 9th Street
Bok 414
Philadelphia, PA 19148

Get in touch

267-603-2755 Phone

star@blackstarfest.org