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. We are committed to sustaining and advancing opportunities for filmmakers, artists, and media makers of color, through year-round public programming, exhibitions, publications, our annual BlackStar Film Festival, and much more.

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.

Support BlackStar today with a monthly or yearly recurring membership, a one-time donation of any size, or by joining our Luminary Circle. 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

Luminary Circle

All member benefits plus:
Exclusive Luminary Events in Philadelphia and other cities
Complimentary subscription to print version of our magazine
Choice of BlackStar tote or water bottle
1 Festival VIP Swag Bag
10% Discount on gala tickets (limited to two individual tickets per membership)
Invitations to advanced screenings, exhibition openings, and exclusive livestreams

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


  • What are the differences between membership levels?
  • When will I receive my 2021 Program Guide?
  • How do I change or cancel my Membership?
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.

When will I receive my 2021 Program Guide?

Program guides will begin delivering this summer. If you have updates to your shipping address prior to shipping, please email us at before June 1, 2021.

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.

  • Can I get a refund?
  • What are my payment options?
  • My workplace offers matched donations. How do I set that up?
Can I get a refund?

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

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.

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]