Philadelphia Filmmaker Lab

BlackStar is proud to present the inaugural Philadelphia Filmmaker Lab, an opportunity designed to uplift emerging and mid-career artists in the Greater Philadelphia area. BlackStar's Filmmaker Lab will support four Black, Brown and Indigenous filmmakers by making equipment, space, crew, mentorship, funding and critical feedback available over the course of a 12-month program. BlackStar will act as an executive producer on the short films created during the Lab and premiere the films at BlackStar Film Festival in 2022.

Four filmmakers will be selected to receive year-round mentorship as part of the lab, including feedback on works-in-progress, and advice on working with below-the-line crew. Shortlisted candidates who do not make the fellowship will receive one-on-one consultation from industry representatives. The program is open to emerging and mid-career filmmakers seeking to create short format projects in any genre.

Grants Awarded to Philadelphia Filmmaker Lab

$125,000 - Awarded July 2021

Focus areas
Representation in Media

This one-year grant will support BlackStar's Philadelphia Filmmaker Lab, which will build new structures of support for BIPOC filmmakers while expanding job opportunities for BIPOC film crews throughout Philadelphia. BlackStar will support four artists (or collectives) through a production lab fellowship that will make equipment, space, crew, mentorship, funding and critical feedback available to emerging and mid-career filmmakers based in Philadelphia.

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