Blackstar black festival lineup now online virtual august film festival

The BlackStar Film Festival has announced the lineup for its ninth annual festival, which will now be a fully virtual event spanning Aug. 20-26. 

The BlackStar film festival is “the world’s premier celebration of Black, Brown, and Indigenous film and video artists,” highlighting films from across the African diaspora and communities of color worldwide. This year’s lineup includes 80 films by filmmakers representing over 20 countries, and includes 24 world premieres.

The world premieres include Unapologetic by Ashley O’Shay, Tayler Montague’s In Sudden Darkness, You Hide Me​ by Nii Kwate Owoo; Shantrelle Patrice Lewis’ ​Daughters Of​; and Raishad Hardnett, Lauren M. Schneiderman and Cassie Owens’ ​Legendary: 30 Years of Philly Ballroom.

The festival, which is usually held in Philadelphia, will be held through an online portal available to BlackStar ticket buyers at​ or apps accessible through Apple TV and Roku. Day passes for the event start at $5 and a festival pass is available for $100. You can buy tickets here.

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Other films that will be featured at the virtual BlackStar festival include:

Martina Lee’s Black Boy Joy

Channing Godfrey Peoples’ Miss Juneteenth

Shalini Kantayya’s Coded Bias

Ekwa Msangi’s Farewell Amor 

William Greaves’ Nationtime – Gary

Viviane Ferreira’s A Day With Jerusa

Amy Aniobi’s Honeymoon

Loira Limbal’s Through The Night

Michèle Stephenson’s ​Stateless 

Sky Hopinka’s maɬni – towards the ocean, towards the shore​

Darol Olu Kae’s I ran from it and was still in it

Ursula Liang’s Down a Dark Stairwell

Zeshawn Ali’s ​Two Gods

Gibrey Allen’s Right Near the Beach

Dario Guerrero’s ROCÍO