Youth Submissions

Deadline: April 30

Youth submissions are closed for 2019.


The BlackStar Youth Program exists to showcase diverse and cutting edge work of black, brown and indigenous youth (ages 22 and under) from around the world! Films should not exceed 20 minutes. While we accept work from youth media programs, we also encourage young independent filmmakers to submit.


  • Films (or excerpts) should not exceed 20 minutes
  • No submission fee for films submitted to the youth program
  • Each film submitted requires its own submissions form.


2019 Youth Film Submission Form can be found here.

Have any questions? Email


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

  • Works-in-Progress
  • Year of Production
  • Submission Limits
  • Premiere Status
  • Feedback
  • Travel to the Festival
  • Festival Pass

Submissions may be a work-in-progress; 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.). The deadline to receive the final print is June 15, 2019.

Year of Production

There is no official timeline for film completion, however priority is given to recently produced films (as of March 2018).


Submission Limits

There is no limit to the number of films you can submit. Please fill out separate entry forms for each film.

Premiere Status

Preference is given to Philadelphia premieres at minimum, but premiere status is not required.


Due to the high volume of submissions, we are unable to speak individually to applicants.

Travel to the Festival

Filmmakers should be prepared to cover their own hotel and airfare accommodations.

Festival Pass

For each youth film accepted into the festival, two (2) all-access badges may be distributed (pending approval from festival administration).