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Submissions for the BlackStar Film Festival 2020 are now open! Submit your film by the following deadlines: 
  • February 12, 2020 - Early Deadline
  • March 18, 2020 - Preferred Deadline
  • April 13, 2020 - Late Deadline
Submit here
February 9

Films at AAMP: In Conversation Shorts
African American Museum in Philadelphia
Philadelphia • 3:00-5:00pm

AAMP presents this special short film program curated by Maori Holmes. Complementing AAMP's current exhibition, In Conversation: Visual Meditations of Black Masculinity, this program features seven films exploring black masculinity through the lens of black women filmmakers and directors. Following the screening, Maori will be joined by a selection of the filmmakers (Iyabo Kwayana, Idil Ibrahim, and Faren Humes) for a discussion and audience Q&A. Guests are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes in advance of the screening to view the complementing exhibition prior to the program.

Tickets: $7 Advance | $12 General Admission | $5 Students | Free for AAMP Members

February 7

Después de María: Las Dos Orillas - Primeros viernes
After Maria: The Two Shores - First Fridays Cinema Series

Teatro Esperanza
Philadelphia • 7:30pm

Después de María: Las 2 orillas looks at Puerto Rico eight months after the passing of Hurricane Maria. Filmmaker, Sonia Fritz exhibits the strength and sustainability of the people of Puerto Rico centered on their cultural agency and sense of community with her evocative use of cultural motifs and images of Puerto Rican/Borinquen culture. An important film not only for Puerto Ricans on the island and in the diaspora, but for anyone who simply has concern and care for the power, richness, and beauty of humanity.

Tickets: $10 Adults
| Free for Students & Seniors

BlackStar Program Interns

We’re looking for candidates to join us! If you have a background in film, visual art or the humanities, and are looking to be involved with an organization that fosters diversity and inclusion, take a look at the job descriptions and send us your application!

Preferred deadline to apply is Friday February 7, however applications will be accepted after that on a case-by-case basis. Learn more and apply here.
Race Flicks: Call for Proposals

Working Films and Race Forward are teaming up to present Race Flicks, a micro-film festival and track of Facing Race: A National Conference, being held in Raleigh, NC November 12 - 14, 2020.

Race Flicks focuses on showcasing the highest caliber filmmaking related to racial justice and strategies for using it to make an impact. The selected films will be chosen in large part because of the way they have been or could be used strategically by activists, organizers, nonprofits, and other institutions to advance their work for racial justice. This year’s program will have a special focus on racial justice and equity in the U.S. South told by media makers who live in the region. Apply here by February 21, 2020.
Teaching Positions at Drexel University

Drexel has two openings: Assistant Professor, Film & Television Production, and Teaching Professor. Both applications close on February 14, 2020.
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