9th Annual Festival

July 30 – August 2, 2020


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Winter Programs

Join us at one of these upcoming events!


Films at AAMP: In Conversation

Feb. 9 • 3:00 PM
African American Museum in Philadelphia


Best of BlackStar

Feb. 11 • 7:00pm
Swarthmore College


Only When It’s Dark Enough Can You See the Stars

Mar. 12-13
Indiana University at Bloomington

A Look Back

Check out the gallery of photos from previous festivals


August 6, 2019

Selah And The Spades Wins Best Narrative Feature The Infiltrators Wins Best Documentary Feature Warrior Women and Sprinter Win Audience Awards   Philadelphia, PA – (August 4, 2019) – The BlackStar Film Festival (BlackStar)  announced the winners of the 2019 Festival awards. The Festival, which took place August 1-4, 2019 in Philadelphia, continued its legacy […]

July 12, 2019

The BlackStar Film Festival (BlackStar) is thrilled to announce the Philadelphia premiere of When I Get Home, a film from visual artist and singer/songwriter Solange Knowles. The extended director’s cut will feature new scenes and musical arrangements of her interdisciplinary performance art film “When I Get Home”.  Maori Holmes, Director of BlackStar, shares, “I continue […]

March 29, 2019

We are proud to announce our partnership with Common Field — a national network of experimental, independent, visual arts organizations and organizers — to bring the annual Convening to Philadelphia, PA from April 25 – 28, 2019. The Common Field Convening is an itinerant gathering that brings together 500+ local and national arts organizers to […]

Sponsors & Partners

The 2019 BlackStar Film Festival is generously supported by John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, William Penn Foundation, Cinereach, Wyncote Foundation, Color of Change & Open Society Foundations, HBO, Barra Foundation, Annenberg School for Communication at University of Pennsylvania, PECO, Comcast/Xfinity, Critical Minded, Crux, Firelight Media, Fractured Atlas, Lomax Family Foundation, Shoppe Black, and individual donors; a gracious network of partners including Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, The Barnes Foundation, Institute of Contemporary Art, Lightbox Film Center, Pearlstein Gallery at Drexel University, and World Cafe Live; as well as a generous host of members, media and community partners.

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