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.


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
  • Denise C. Beek Chief Communications Officer,
    ‘me too.’ International
  • 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
  • Sunanda Ghosh Nonprofit Strategy
  • Tayyib Smith Principal, Little Giant, Smith&Roller, Pipeline Philly
  • Ted Passon President, All Ages Productions
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Marketing & Engagement Director


The Marketing & Engagement Director is a new full-time position that will work in partnership with BlackStar’s Chief Communications Officer to develop marketing strategies and expand awareness of and engagement with BlackStar’s programs.

People & Culture Director


BlackStar is currently looking for a People & Culture Director to lead the organizational culture and wellness of BlackStar’s growing full-time staff and year-round contractors while assuring our practices are in alignment with our organizational values.


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