BlackStar Film Festival officially announced festival dates and call for entries today. This marks the Festival’s fourth annual celebration of cinema focused on work by and about people of African descent in a global context, which will take place from July 30 through August 2, 2015 in Philadelphia, PA.
Films can compete for prizes in both short and feature lengths, with narrative, experimental and documentary categories. The early submission deadline is April 24 and the final submission deadline is May 8. Finalists will be announced on June 1 after thoughtful selection by a jury of industry professionals.
Heralded by Ebony magazine as the “Black Sundance,” the films presented by the festival comprise a dynamic and important collection—one that is unlike any other—because they highlight both independence and cultural community. Past guests have included: Ava DuVernay, Spike Lee, Nelson George, Haile Gerima, Michael K. Williams, Lisa Cortés, Hank Willis Thomas, Greg Tate, King Britt, and Omari Hardwick.
The 2014 festival hosted over 40 films from around the world, including the Philadelphia premieres of THEY DIE BY DAWN, HALF OF A YELLOW SUN and TIME IS ILLMATIC. A special tribute honoring RZA was held on closing night at World Café Live featuring performances by Bilal and Ursula Rucker.
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