BlackStar Film Festival is an annual celebration of the visual and storytelling traditions of the African diaspora and of global Indigenous communities, showcasing films by Black, Brown and Indigenous artists from around the world.
Highlights from this year’s Festival, which took place in-person in Philadelphia and online around the world.
Learn more about our accessibility offerings and considerations for the 2022 BlackStar Film Festival. Please note that this guide is meant to accompany the 2022 BlackStar Program Guide, which has details about locations, showtimes, and more.
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.
We understand that some the themes and visuals explored in some of our films as well as the topics discussed throughout the festival can be heavy on the mind and the soul. In hopes that we can alleviate some of that pressure and help you stay grounded as you engage with this year’s offerings, we’ve provided several resources for attendees.
We have two guided meditations available to any interested parties:
Guided Meditation with Kate
Guided Meditation with Shesheena
Additionally, we will offer wellness sessions after three films that have sensitive topics (Aftershock, Silent Beauty, and Hazing), a sensory-friendly area at Penn Live Arts, and morning yoga at 9am Thursday-Sunday at Drexel Square.
All individual tickets can be purchased via our schedule at blackstarfest.org/schedule.
All festival attendees must show proof of vaccination and IDs at the door at all venues and for all indoor and outdoor in-person festival events. We would all like to do our part to keep our community safe and healthy. Please bring a physical or digital copy of your proof of vaccination, along with your valid ID. Upon checking vaccination status, you will receive a dated wristband so that you don’t have to show proof of vaccination again that day. We will be asking for your proof of vaccinations and IDs daily, and providing dated wristbands for the full day. Wearing masks is mandatory for all indoor venues, except briefly when eating and drinking; please be mindful of others and keep a distance. Mask wearing during outdoor events is optional but encouraged.
Medical Exemption: If vaccination is not possible, attendees must have a negative PCR test collected within 72 hours of any given event.
Virtual pass holders receive:
All Access pass holders receive: