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BlackStar Film Festival

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BlackStar Film Festival

The film festival will also host a slew of interactive panel discussions with directors, multimedia workshops, networking receptions, parties and much more. Credit: Courtesy of BlackStar Film Festival


August 4-7, 2016


Hailed as “the black Sundance” by Ebony magazine, BlackStar Film Festival makes its return to Philly for a fourth round of cinematic awesomeness.

From August 4-7, BlackStar will once again put Philly in the spotlight as a go-to destination for black filmmakers and film lovers alike.

For year four, BlackStar Film Festival returns to venues in University City, anchoring the festival at three prime Philadelphia cultural locations: International House, the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) and World Cafe Live.

World premieres, interviews with filmmakers, a short-films series, in-depth workshops, mixer parties, plenty of free events and more — BlackStar 2016 has it all.

The festival pass runs $150 and grants pass holders access to all of the events, including the closing ceremony at World Cafe Live. Tickets for the individual screenings are $12, and discounts are available for students, seniors and International House members.

Be sure to browse the complete BlackStar schedule to get details on all of the festival offerings, including a series of free screenings and panel discussions at ICA — a popular Philadelphia museum that offers free admission year-round.

For more information and to purchase a festival pass, click the button below.


Complete Guide to BlackStar

To plan ahead, check out Philly 360° for a list of top pick films and festival programs that are not to be missed.

Click the button below for the complete guide from Philly 360°.

complete guide to blackstar

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