Submissions for the 2022 BlackStar Film Festival are now closed.

The 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.


Films must be directed by a person who identifies as Black, as Indigenous, or as a person of color (POC), from anywhere in the world. Work must feature persons of color or tell a story of Black, Indigenous, or POC experience.

Rules & Regulations

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Submissions may be a work-in-progress; however, works that are not final cuts must be clearly marked “Work in Progress (WIP)” or “Rough Cut” with an indication of what will change or what is missing (e.g., temp sound, missing animation, etc.). The deadline to receive the final print is June 12, 2022.

Submission Limits
There is no limit to the number of films you can submit. Please fill out separate entry forms and pay entry fees for each film.


Due to the high volume of submissions, we are unable to provide feedback for individual films or speak individually to applicants.
Festival Pass

All accepted directors will receive one (1) all-access badge to the festival. Additionally, each director will receive a minimum of two (2) comp tickets to their film screening to distribute as they see fit.

Year of production

Priority is given to recently completed films (in 2021 and 2022).

Premiere Status

Preference is given to Philadelphia premieres at minimum, but premiere status is not required.

Travel to the Festival

The 2022 festival will most likely be a hybrid event, with online and in-person components, depending on the status of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Stay tuned for more updates as we near closer to August.


Visit the 2021 BlackStar Film Festival site. Explore the schedule and watch panels from last year’s event.

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