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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

Note: The information below is from 2015. Stay tuned for more information about this year’s event as it becomes available.


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

From July 30 to August 2, 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 2015 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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