Press Room


For all press inquiries, please contact: blackstar@culturalcounsel.com

For other questions, please contact our Communications Director, Imran Siddiquee, imran@blackstarfest.org



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Still from Eyes on the Prize: Hallowed Ground shows a Black family in a deceptively idyllic scene — two children having a picnic on one side of the lawn as a parent mows the other side. On the steps of the home stands the other parent, perhaps the mother, but their face is obscured by a an American flag represented in the colors of red, black, and green. The three people whose faces are visible are all looking up at something in the sky.

BlackStar Launches Third Issue of Seen, Announces New Editor-In-Chief, Dessane Lopez Cassell

BlackStar Projects, producer of the BlackStar Film Festival, is proud to announce the launch of the third issue of Seen, …

A collage of four individual headshots, all represented in black and white.

BlackStar and Xfinity Launch First-Ever Philadelphia Filmmaker Lab Cohort

(Philadelphia, PA — October 26, 2021) — BlackStar Projects, the premier organization celebrating visionary Black, Brown, and Indigenous film and media …

Photo of filmmaker Arie Esiri holding up his award for Best Feature Narrative at the 10th Annual BlackStar Film Festival.

BlackStar Film Festival Announces Winners for 10th Annual Festival

(Philadelphia, PA — August 9, 2021) — The BlackStar Film Festival, the world’s premier celebration of Black, Brown, and Indigenous …

10th BlackStar Film Festival, August 4-8, 2021. BSFF21.

BlackStar Announces Programs, Closing Night World Premiere for 10th Anniversary Film Festival

BlackStar Projects, the premier organization celebrating visionary Black, Brown, and Indigenous film and media artists, today announced the programs accompanying …

BlackStar Announces 10th Anniversary Festival Lineup

(Philadelphia, PA — July 6, 2021) — BlackStar Projects, the premier organization celebrating visionary Black, Brown, and Indigenous film and media …

Still from the film "T" shows a "soundsuit," an intricate collection of lights arranged to take the shape of a human body. In this image, the shape of a head can be seen in the dozens of orange lights.

BlackStar Launches Second Issue of Seen

BlackStar Projects, producer of the BlackStar Film Festival, is proud to announce the launch of the second issue of Seen, its twice-annual journal …

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Request a Press Pass

All requests for media credentials must be submitted online using this form or via email with full contact information including media source to: blackstar@culturalcounsel.com

Please note the following policies:

  • Credential requests must be submitted by Aug 2 at 5 pm to receive advance consideration.
  • Media credentials will be granted to media personnel on assignment to cover BlackStar events for online and print publications, cable networks and/or radio and television stations. If you are accepted to receive credentials, you will be notified by email with further instructions.

Activating Your Press Pass

If you are approved to cover BlackStar, a confirmation and detailed information regarding your press credentials will be sent to you by email along with instructions for online registration. Once you activate your account you will have access to all films playing online during the 2021 BlackStar Film Festival for an extended period of time, as well as in-person events in Philadelphia. Further information will be sent with confirmed press credentials.

Request an Industry Pass

All requests for industry passes must be submitted online using this form. The cost of an Industry Pass this year is $400.

Please note the following policies:

  • Credential requests must be submitted by Aug 2 at 5 pm to receive advance consideration.
  • Industry credentials will be granted on a case-by-case basis and submitting the form does not guarantee access to purchasing a pass.

Activating Your Industry Pass

If you are approved, a confirmation and information regarding purchasing a pass will be sent to you by email. Once you purchase your pass you will have access to all films playing during the 2021 BlackStar Film Festival online for an extended period of time, as well as in-person events in Philadelphia.