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BlackStar Film Festival

Showcase of innovative and genre-defying cinema

BlackStar Film Festival

The four-day film festival hosts films, events and more at venues citywide. Credit: Courtesy of BlackStar Film Festival


August 3-6, 2017


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

The four-day festival will once again put Philly in the spotlight as a go-to destination for black filmmakers and film-lovers alike.

Rooted at venues in University City, BlackStar will screen more than 60 films at two different locations, the International House and Drexel University’s Pearlstein Gallery. Additionally, events, an exhibition and a symposium will take place at four other locations, making BlackStar a citywide festival.

“By Indie Means Necessary” serves as the tagline for BlackStar, and plays on the festival’s dedication to independent cinema in the spirit of late civil rights activist Malcolm X and his iconic “By Any Means Necessary” speech.

Created in 2012, BlackStar celebrates black traditions, black people and black arts by showcasing films from an international repertoire of people of color.

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