Help Make the Festival Happen!

BlackStar’s unique combination of screenings, masterclasses, panels, and parties would not be possible without the generosity and contagious enthusiasm of our dedicated volunteer corps. Volunteering with BlackStar is a unique opportunity to work hard, gain valuable event management experience, earn community service hours, network and/or have fun while supporting the mission of a pioneering organization dedicated to championing the work of aspiring and established independent filmmakers of color. If you want to be an integral part of making the festival shine in 2020, please consider joining us!

BlackStar wouldn’t be known as a family reunion without our seasoned volunteers, who have offered their time and talent each year. Thank you for your many contributions to the festival experience. Returning volunteers are encouraged to sign up.

Sign Up

Please follow the link below to register. Once your application is received, our volunteer coordinator will be in touch to invite you to attend an orientation in early summer. If you have any questions, contact us at volunteer@blackstarfest.org.


  • Helping with large mailings
  • Taking tickets and distributing program guides
  • Ushering at Festival screenings and panels
  • Visiting artist transportation
  • Promoting the festival
  • Ticket and merchandise sales


In addition to getting a behind-the-scenes peek into running an internationally renowned event, you will have the opportunity to meet filmmakers, luminaries, and make new friends!

We welcome volunteers at any level of time commitment. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their unique strengths and skills to help provide a great festival experience. Perks will be explained in detail at our orientation, but include:

  • Special discounts on BlackStar merchandise
  • Official Volunteer Badge
  • Official Festival Poster
  • Vouchers for screenings