The BlackStar Film Festival, in its fifth year of highlighting black films and filmmakers, has been dubbed “the black Sundance” by Ebony Magazine. Returning for its fifth year, the festival celebrates the African diaspora’s storytelling traditions by showing films by black people around the globe.
Forty films, made by independent black filmmakers from five different continents, will adhere to the festival’s focus on migration from the African Diaspora. This year’s theme honors the 100th anniversary of the Great Migration to Philadelphia. The films will be showcased at various locations around the city, and an official lineup will be announced in the coming weeks. In addition to the screenings, interviews with filmmakers, in-depth workshops, mixers, and free events will be offered. The festival opens with a reception at Johnny Brenda’s, and closes with a award ceremony at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts.
August 4th – 7th