Help BlackStar Shine

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BlackStar is a leader in a global movement recognizing media arts and visual culture as a vital component in rectifying historical imbalances and creating a more equitable world.


You can help BlackStar shine by becoming a Member or making a one-time donation today. Members commit to giving monthly or yearly, and are eligible for exclusive perks. By choosing to sustain us in this way you also join a community of other film and media advocates, trailblazers, and game changers who are helping us grow and address the structural barriers and inequities faced by Black, Brown, and Indigenous artists globally. Individuals who are able to give $1,000 and above become a part of our Luminary Circle.



• Members-only newsletter
• 10% off merchandise
• Special offers and discounts to events and on passes, etc.
• Festival program guide received in advance by mail
• Free Members-Only Screenings (+1 guest)
• Priority registration period for select events
• Free festival submissions fees
• Voting privileges for Member award

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Making a larger donation, multi-year gift, and/or or sponsorship.

If you are interested in discussing corporate sponsorship, a significant and/or multi-year gift please contact Sara Zia Ebrahimi,

My workplace offers matched donations. How do I set that up?

For any needed paperwork related to securing a matched donation from your employer please email our Deputy Director Sara Zia Ebrahimi at sarazia [at]

What are my payment options?

Transactions are processed by Stripe, which accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and other major credit cards, or you can also pay by check or PayPal.

Can I get a refund?

Memberships are final and non-refundable, but you are welcome to cancel anytime.

How do I change or cancel my Membership?

Monthly members can cancel at any time. Yearly members are pre-paid, but automatic renewal can be canceled allowing your membership to expire when the current year of membership ends. Email sarazia[at]blackstarfestorg for more info.

When will I receive my 2022 Program Guide?

Program guides will begin delivering next summer. If you have updates to your shipping address prior to shipping, please email us at before June 1, 2022.

What are the differences between membership levels?

All members receive the same benefits, though those in our Luminary Circle receive additional perks. Please consider supporting us with as much as you are able to contribute.

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Individual Donors & Members

Luminary Circle


In-Kind Contributions

In-Kind Contributors


Support for BlackStar is provided in part by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Ford Foundation/JustFilms, Hurtubise Family Fund at Innovia Foundation, Independence Public Media Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Mighty Arrow Family Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Perspective Fund, Philadelphia Foundation/Black Community Leaders Fund, Philadelphia Foundation/Forman Arts Initiative, PopCulture Collaborative, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Samuel S. Fels Fund, Surdna Foundation, William Penn Foundation, and Wyncote Foundation. Invaluable support is provided by the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.