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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.

Tickets and Passes

All screenings require a ticket or pass. Individual tickets go on sale in July but passes are now available.

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.


Featured Events


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.

More details on accessibility at this year’s festival coming soon.

Audio Descriptions

Audio descriptions 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 (coming soon).

Closed Captions

Many films this year will have closed or open captions available. Look for the symbol in the schedule or click the button below for a list of all films with captions (coming soon).

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.

Thank you to our 2023 Festival sponsors