8th Annual Festival

August 1-4, 2019


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2018 Recap

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Film Lineup

This year we’ll be screening over 80 films! There is no official theme but we’re examining the state of women broadly and also exploring science fiction, romance, gentrification, and family ties through the short and feature films included in the 7th edition.

Feature Narrative

1 Angry Black Man

A voyeuristic view of the difficult conversations young people engage in as they navigate the society in which they live.

Short Documentary

Happy Birthday Marsha!

The story of Black trans activist Marsha Johnson and her role in the 1969 uprising at the Stonewall Inn.

Feature Narrative


A teenage Instagram celebrity explores her identity in the midst of her mother’s conversion to Islam.

Short Narrative

Piu Piu

On an otherwise ordinary day Jordan decides to ditch her boyfriend for a moment of freedom.


Under Bone

Ethereal vignettes of a woman’s devotion, grief and ancestral evocation, as she traverses stories beneath her rib cage.

Feature Documentary

Douvan Jou Ka Leve

A Haitian filmmaker questions the “disease of the soul” that is devouring her native island.

Feature Documentary

Black Mother

Part film, part baptism, a spiritual exploration through Jamaica.

A Look Back

Check out the gallery of photos from previous festivals

Latest News

August 7, 2018

BlackStar Film Festival proudly announces the winners of the 2018 Festival awards. The Festival, which took place August 2-5, 2018 in Philadelphia, attracted thousands of film enthusiasts with multiple sold-out events. This year’s festival featured over 80 films from around the world, including the debut of Terence Nance’s HBO late-night series Random Acts of Flyness. […]

July 16, 2018

The seventh annual BlackStar Film Festival, announces its full lineup of films for the 2018 program. The celebration of black cinema will take place in Philadelphia on Thursday, August 2 through Sunday, August 5. Festival favorite and multidisciplinary artist Terence Nance will debut his new HBO comedy series Random Acts of Flyness on Friday, August […]

June 25, 2018

Mark the calendar:  The seventh annual BlackStar Film Festival, celebrating independent black cinema returns to Philly Thursday, August 2 through Sunday, August 5, showcasing films that capture the black experience and the visual and storytelling traditions of the African diaspora and indigenous communities from around the world. “We are incredibly excited to enter our 7th […]

Sponsors & Partners

The 2018 BlackStar Film Festival is generously supported by John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Wyncote Foundation, Barra Foundation, Ford Foundation | JustFilms, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, 21CF Global Inclusion, PECO, Streampix, University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice, Visit Philadelphia, Fractured Atlas, Color of Change, Lomax Family Foundation, SAG-AFTRA, Annenberg School for Communication at University of Pennsylvania, and individual donors; as well as a gracious network of partners including The Barnes Foundation, Institute of Contemporary Art, Lightbox Film Center, Pearlstein Gallery at Drexel University, World Cafe Live, and Johnny Brenda’s, as well as a generous host of individual donors, members, and community partners.

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