BlackStar News.

2019 Festival Recap.
Submissions for the BlackStar Film Festival 2020 are now open! Submit your film by the following deadlines:
  • March 18, 2020 - Preferred Deadline
  • April 13, 2020 - Late Deadline
Submit here
March 12

SCREENING: Only When It's Dark Enough Can You See the Stars
Indiana University
Bloomington, Indiana • 6:15pm

This special screening program in collaboration with the Black Film Center/Archive at Indiana University Bloomington offers a series of cinematic love letters, short films that reclaim and retell the lives of individuals and communities with deep reverence and formal innovation. The title comes from playwright Charlotte Brathwaite’s short film which is itself drawn from the words of Martin Luther King Jr., who once said, “[T]he world is all messed up. The nation is sick. Trouble is in the land...But I know, somehow only when it’s dark enough, can you see the stars.”

Maori Holmes will be present for discussion following the screening. Tickets free, register here.

March 27-28

Screening Scholarship Media Festival
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia • Select times

CAMRA is pleased to announce that the 8th Annual Screening Scholarship Media Festival is now open for registration! The Festival will be held on March 27th-28th, 2020 at the University of Pennsylvania. We invite scholars, activists, artists, filmmakers, and educators of all backgrounds that wish to explore the theme of “Rupture and Repair.” All events are free, but registration is required. To register, please visit here.

Good Pitch Local: Philadelphia

Good Pitch Local returns to Philadelphia in partnership with PhillyCAM on May 19, 2020. This curated program highlights and supports short-form non-fiction media projects and powerful stories from community leaders addressing issues urgent and important to local communities. Mediamakers and organizations looking for outreach partners, creative collaborators, funding and distribution to create short non-fiction media projects are encouraged to apply to pitch by March 11. Learn more and apply here.
Call for Films: Detroit Narrative Agency & Cinema Detroit present Ethics & Aesthetics

Ethics & Aesthetics is a film series that will examine socially relevant films for form, content, and technique through a public screening-and-discussion format. The series will deepen relationships between filmmakers, social justice organizations, and the community; foster critical thinking about filmmaking; and connect community members (prioritizing Black, Brown, Indigenous, Immigrant, Indigenous, Disabled, Poor/Working Class, Queer, Trans*, non-binary, Women and Femmes) to opportunities to tell their own stories. DNA and Cinema Detroit will be premiering Ethics & Aesthetics during the Allied Media Conference (AMC), which takes place in Detroit, MI June 25-28, 2020. Learn more here and apply by March 13.
BlackStar Cinereach Survey

BlackStar Film Festival is currently joining with Cinereach to better understand our attendees and supporters. The deadline to participate is March 15. Participate here.

Note that this is a new survey, and different from the one that was sent out in the fall.

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