Submissions for the 2023 BlackStar Film Festival are open.

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.

Eligibility

Films must be directed by a person of African descent or who otherwise identifies as Black, Brown or Indigenous, and feature persons of African descent, or tell a story of Black, Brown or Indigenous experiences.

Narrative feature films and documentary films must not exceed a runtime of 120 minutes.

Shorts must not exceed a runtime of 40 minutes.

Non-English language works must have English subtitles at the time submitted. Dialogue lists will not be accepted.

Note: Submissions may be in work-in-progress form; 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.). If accepted, final prints/media files must be received by June 15, 2023. No exceptions.

Entrants must fully comply with these entry rules and regulations, including all deadlines, film length, entry material and other requirements.

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Rules & Regulations


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Works-in-progress

Submissions may be in work-in-progress form; 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.). If accepted, final prints/media files must be received by June 15, 2023. No exceptions.

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.

Feedback

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 2022 and 2023).

Premiere Status

Though not required for eligibility, preference is given to premiere status films: Philadelphia, East Coast, US, North American, and World premieres.

Travel to the Festival

The 2023 festival will be a hybrid event with online and in-person components. Stay tuned for more updates as we near closer to August.


Spotlight

Visit the 2022 BlackStar Film Festival site. Explore the schedule and watch panels from last year’s event.

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