As a maker-centered festival, BlackStar has been always been a space where connections are forged during the 4 days of sharing works, concepts, advice and the occasional tea.
Join us for our inaugural pitch session where a selection of filmmakers of color will propose their works-in-progress to an illustrious panel of funders, distributors and producers. Get the behind the scenes look at what it takes to develop a documentary film and listen into how leading decision makers evaluate projects.
8 filmmakers will pitch their doc projects to a panel of representatives from highly influential foundations, distribution platforms and production houses, with the added bonus of a $1000 first place cash prize. Each filmmaker will be given 7 minutes to present followed by 8 minutes of constructive feedback.
This event is sponsored in part by WORLD Channel. Please note that this event is intended for pass holders only.
- Jamila Farwell, Netflix
- Chris Hastings, WORLD Channel
- Loira Limbal, Firelight Media
- Lauren Pabst, MacArthur Foundation
- Sara Rodriguez, HBO
- Jeff Seelbach, Topic
- Merrill Sterritt, Cinereach
- Nicole Tsien, AmDoc/POV
- Chi-hui Yang, JustFilms/Ford Foundation
Host: Rakia Reynolds, Skai Blue Media