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Two Black people pose for a selfie at the 10th BlackStar Film Festival (logo visible in the background)

BlackStar Film Festival

An annual celebration of the visual and storytelling traditions of the African diaspora and of global communities of color, showcasing films by Black, Brown and Indigenous artists from around the world.

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A journal of film and visual culture, published twice each calendar year.

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Many Lumens

BlackStar founder Maori Karmael Holmes chats with the most groundbreaking artists, change makers, and cultural workers in the game — finding meaning in the intersections of art, social change, and popular culture.

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William and Louise Greaves Filmmaker Seminar

A three-day seminar for Black, Brown, and Indigenous artists working in cinematic realms.

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Philadelphia Filmmaker Lab

A year-long fellowship with BlackStar for Black, Brown, and Indigenous filmmakers in Philadelphia.

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Sponsored Projects

Our Sponsored Projects program provides a supportive infrastructure through fiscal sponsorship to projects working at the intersection of art and social justice.

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Film screenings, conversations, and other year-round events from BlackStar.