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BlackStar Film Festival goes digital for 2020 edition

The Philadelphia-set BlackStar Film Festival — a celebration of Black, Brown and Indigenous film and video artists — is moving its ninth edition online in response to COVID-19. The week-long digital ...
June 26, 2020

The Philadelphia-set BlackStar Film Festival — a celebration of Black, Brown and Indigenous film and video artists — is moving its ninth edition online in response to COVID-19.

The week-long digital event will be held Aug. 20 to 26, presenting more than 90 films, an array of live panels and special events bringing together filmmakers, producers and thinkers.

BlackStar will work with digital distribution channel CineSend to make films accessible to festival goers in their own homes. Ticketed attendees will be able to view all the films through a single online portal.

Additional information on ticketing, judging, sponsors, programming, and the slate of films that will be featured at this year’s festival are expected to be announced soon.

“I am incredibly proud of our team and the work they have done to meet the challenges of this moment and present our festival this year,” BlackStar artistic director and CEO Maori Karmael Holmes said in a statement. “The format might be different, but our nearly decade-long mission of centering and celebrating the voices of Black, Brown, and Indigenous people from around the world is not. We look forward to sharing these incredible films and the immense talents behind them.”

Last year’s festival, which drew nearly 10,000 attendees, saw the best feature documentary award go to The Infiltrators, directed by Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera.

BlackStar’s 2019 edition also hosted a discussion between Spike Lee and #MeToo founder Tarana Burke commemorating the 30th anniversary of Lee’s Do The Right Thing, as well as the festival premiere of Solange Knowles’ film When I Get Home.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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