BlackStar Film Festival

Showcase of innovative and genre-defying cinema

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

Created in 2012, the four-day festival celebrates black traditions, black people and black arts by showcasing films from an international repertoire of people of color and spotlights Philadelphia as a go-to destination for black filmmakers and film-lovers alike.

“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.

The Experience

Hailed as “the black Sundance” by Ebony magazine.

Rooted at venues in University City, BlackStar typically screens more than 60 films at three different locations: Lightbox Film Center at International House Philadelphia, the Institute of Contemporary Art and Drexel University’s Pearlstein Gallery.

Additionally, other events will take place at different locations across the city, making BlackStar a citywide festival.

Tickets & More

BlackStar sells individual film tickets (with discounts for seniors and students), but those looking to catch all the action can purchase full-festival passes online.

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

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