BlackStar Projects produces the annual BlackStar Film Festival, a Philadelphia film festival centered on films by and for Black, brown, and indigenous people, often referred to as “the Black Sundance.” Since its inception in 2012, the festival has showcased over 400 films from nearly 20 countries and five continents. The organization also hosts screenings, exhibitions, seminars, and other programming throughout the year and produces a journal of film and visual culture.
The creation of a customized online platform will enable BlackStar Projects to present its film screenings, live conversations, and other programs to a global community of BIPOC filmmakers, artists, critics, and film audiences. Building on the substantial regional and international reach of the organization’s online-only film festival during the pandemic, the platform will prioritize a high-quality and inclusive user experience that encompasses language translation and interpretation, American Sign Language, captioning, and audio descriptions.
The total grant amount represents project funding plus an additional 20% in unrestricted general operating support.