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COVID-19 & General Wellness Safety Guidelines

We recognize that the risk of COVID-19 is still ongoing, and we are committed to protecting our immunocompromised community members. These guidelines are meant to create an environment where all of our community members are able to joyfully participate.


Masks are required at all indoor events, except when actively eating or drinking. We recommend using a high-quality mask, like an N95. Please plan to bring your own masks to festival sites, but if you do not have one, one will be provided for you. Masks must remain on while inside the theaters. We thank you for your dedication to protecting our entire community.

Venues outside of the main festival campus may not require masks. While we cannot control their policies, we still request that festival attendees continue masking as part of our community agreement.


While vaccination is not required for entry, we highly encourage all festival goers to ensure they are up to date on suggested COVID-19 vaccinations. Information on suggested vaccination schedules can be found here.

All festival staff and volunteers are vaccinated.


We highly encourage all festival goers to test themselves for COVID-19 before attending the BlackStar Film Festival, either with a PCR test or at-home antigen test. PCR tests are the “gold standard” for COVID-19 tests and yield the most accurate results. At-home antigen tests are rapid tests that produce results in 15-30 minutes, but are less likely to detect the virus than PCR tests.


BlackStar prioritizes the wellness of our entire community. If you are experiencing symptoms of any kind, including but not limited to coughing, sneezing, sore throat, runny nose, fatigue, fever, chills, shortness of breath, headache, nausea or vomiting, congestion, or new loss of taste or smell, please do not attend the festival in-person. We will be happy to exchange your All Access pass for a Virtual pass or your in-person screening ticket for a virtual screening ticket. Please keep in mind that not all films are available online.