BlackStar News.

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Seen is our new journal of film and visual culture, focused on Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities globally, to be published twice each year. The inaugural issue will be out this fall and is now available for pre-ordering. 
Visit for a list of contributors and to place your order. And stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks!
JustFilm’s Beyond Inclusion Report and Creative Futures Essay Series

Ford Foundation’s JustFilms has released a new report by Sahar Driver, “Beyond Inclusion: The Critical Role of People of Color in the U.S. Documentary Ecosystem,” which examines the current state and historical significance of nonfiction filmmaking by people of color. Read the full report here. JustFilms has also recently published “CREATIVE FUTURES: 40 Provocations to Reimagine the Arts, Documentary, and Journalism,” a powerful series of short essays by Iyabo Boyd, Sonya Childress, Louis Massiah, and 37 other creatives, all of which can be read online here.
Art World Conference

DEFINING VALUE(S) in the Art World, presented by Art World Conference from October 16th-17th, is a series of online events, workshops, and key notes centered on the theme of "defining values" in the current moment. BlackStar is thrilled to be able to provide a limited number of scholarships for attendance this year! Check out the full agenda here. If you’re interested in attending, fill out this form and the scholarships will be given on a first come, first served basis.
Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

Save the date: The 13th annual Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival will be held from November 5-15, 2020, entirely online. Follow @phillyasianfilmfest on Instagram and visit for the latest information.
RedBull Arts Microgrants Program

The Red Bull Arts Microgrants Program, which was initiated in Detroit, has expanded to 20 cities (including Philadelphia) for the remainder of the year in response to the urgent need for financial aid facing artists and communities critically impacted by the compounded crises facing the country.⁠ Two $1000 grants will be given each month to artists in each city. Apply here.
Inclusion Fellowship for Afro Latino Directors

The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) has partnered with Netflix on the launch of their new Inclusion Fellowship Series. The focus is on “building a more inclusive and equitable industry for all members of the Latinx community.” In the first year, five Afro Latino filmmakers will each receive $20,000 cash towards their short film and individualized mentorship, meetings with industry leaders, and networking opportunities. Learn more and apply by Oct 14.
Artist Relief Fund

Artist Relief continues to distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19. Applications for Cycle VII are open until October 21. Apply here.

ART IS ESSENTIAL is still accepting artist-led and community-focused project proposals, with 100 artists’ proposals to be awarded $1,000 each. These winning proposals will be shared on the City of Philadelphia website and social media channels. Deadline extended to Oct 7.
¡Presente! Media Multimedia Internship 

¡Presente! Media is seeking a Multimedia Intern to assist with the production of written articles and to edit videos. In this paid position, the intern will gain skills that pertain to a community media newsroom, independent filmmaking and more. Learn more and apply here.
CAPE New Writers Fellowship 

The CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) New Writers Fellowship discovers and nurtures emerging writers launching their careers in television and film. Fellows will leave with "the practical and business knowledge they need to succeed as a professional writer." Apply by Oct 30.
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