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How to Fest

Whether you’re joining us in-person or tuning in virtually, we’ve got the info you need to make the most of your BlackStar experience.

Buying Tickets

All screenings require a ticket or pass. Individual tickets can be bought via the schedule.

Virtual Fest

To stream film content online you will need to create an account and purchase a pass or ticket. Films will be released on a set schedule and available to stream for a limited amount of time.

Getting Here

Our in-person festival takes place at three centrally-located venues on Broad Street in Philadelphia. All are easily accessible via subway, bus, and biking.




In order to reach our vision of a liberatory world in which a vast spectrum of experiences are celebrated in the world of arts and culture, BlackStar is working to make our spaces accessible to as many people as possible, including and especially disabled Black, Brown, and Indigenous folks.

Audio Description

Audio description will be available for select films this year. Look for the symbol in the schedule or click the button below for a list of all films with audio descriptions.

Closed & Open Captions

Many in-person film screenings this year will have open captions available. Closed captions are available for all virtual screenings. Look for the symbol in the schedule or click the button below for a list of all films with captions.

Masks Required

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.

Filmmakers & Panelists

Thank you to our 2023 Festival Sponsors & Partners