BlackStar Film Festival is an annual celebration of the visual and storytelling traditions of the African diaspora and of global communities of color, showcasing films by Black, Brown and Indigenous artists from around the world. Join us virtually or in-person in Philadelphia.
In addition to the 80 films and 14 panels streaming online, this year we are hosting select in-person outdoor events in Philadelphia, PA. Click through to explore the various locations for these events.
BlackStar has partnered with The Study at University City to offer a reduced hotel rate during the festival. Click through for more information and other accommodation information.
Explore and download a PDF guide to the festival.
From August 4-7, between 9 am and 5 pm ET, All Access Passes can be picked up in person at the BlackStar satellite office located at The Study at 20 S 33rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19104. On August 8 all passes must be picked up directly at the Mann. When picking up your pass, please have your pass QR code ready, which you can access by visiting festival.blackstarfest.org/passes and clicking “show barcode.”
$125 All-Access pass (access to all virtual and in-person events)
$100 Virtual pass (access to all virtual events)
$45 BlackStar @ the Mann Pass (access to all in-person screenings on August 8)
$5 Individual tickets for virtual screenings
$45 Ten-ticket bundle (choose any ten virtual screenings)
Yes, you will need to create an account in order to view the virtual film festival. When you purchase a pass or ticket you will be prompted to create your account. You can view your account information at anytime after by logging in at festival.blackstarfest.org/login.
BlackStar is offering a 50% discount to youth (ages 13 to 21) and seniors (ages 55 and above) for BlackStar @ the Mann, happening August 8 at the Mann Center for Performing Arts in Philadelphia. To use the discount enter the code “youthsenior” at checkout when purchasing a BlackStar @ the Mann pass. When arriving at the venue you may be asked to verify your age.* Note that the code will only work on purchases of a BlackStar @ the Mann pass and there are no other youth or senior discounts available.
*All children 12 and under are admitted free to this event and do not require a pass or ticket to enter.
BlackStar is offering ACCESS cardholders individual tickets to the virtual festival and BlackStar @ the Mann passes, happening on August 8 at the Mann Center for Performing Arts for $2.00. To receive the discounted tickets or pass, use the discount code “ACCAR21” at checkout when purchasing an individual ticket or BlackStar @ the Mann pass. When arriving at BlackStar @ the Mann, you may be asked to present your ACCESS card at entry.
Your pass is immediately available after purchase or at the start of the festival. An All-Access or Virtual Pass will work until the end of the festival on August 8. A BlackStar @ the Mann pass will only work in-person on Sunday, August 8, at the Mann Center in Philadelphia.