BlackStar Film Festival
Showcase of innovative and genre-defying cinema
July 31-August 3, 2014
Now in its third year, the BlackStar Film Festival is a four-day celebration showcasing artistically innovative and genre-defying films by and about the global black experience.
Nicknamed “The Black Sundance” by Ebony magazine, this local festival highlights independent films from emerging directors, producers and writers — all by and about people throughout the African diasporic experience.
With more to offer than just awe-inspiring screenings, this signature Philadelphia film festival will also host a slew of interactive panel discussions with directors, multimedia workshops, networking receptions, parties and much more.
Last year, founder and Philly 360° ambassador Maori Karmael Holmes and her powerhouse team held back-to-back screenings of 75 flicks that included music videos, feature production and shorts films. Also in attendance last year was the iconic film director Spike Lee, Black&SexyTv founder Numa Perrier and winner of Sundance Film Festival’s Best Director Prize Ava DuVernay, among others.
Most film screenings are scheduled to take place at International House in University City. Additional venues include Scribe Video Center, Institute of Contemporary Art and Annenberg School of Communication. World Cafe Live will host the closing reception.
Tickets to individual films and events, as well as all-festival passes are available online. For a complete schedule and to purchase tickets online, click the button below.
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37th Street & Hamilton Walk University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 19104
- Split Button
- Centennial Bank
- Philadelphia International Children’s Festival
- The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
- Kelly Writers House
- EKG Exhibition Space
- International House
- Face Fragment
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