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Black Star is the UK's biggest ever season of film and television dedicated to celebrating the range, versatility and power of black actors, and the audiences who love them.

In partnership with the BFI Film Audience Network, Into Film and the Independent Cinema Office, Black Star explores a galaxy of black acting talent, spotlighting the creativity and charisma of trailblazing performers, and celebrating the transatlantic wave of black British talent currently breaking across our screens. There will be focuses on key stars from both sides of the Atlantic, including Paul Robeson, Pam Grier, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dorothy Dandridge and David Oyelowo.

Black Star programmer Ashley Clark says "We'll travel back to the earliest days of American cinema, where black performers fought against racism and stereotypes to blaze a trail for their inheritors to tread. We'll look at the giant impact of small-screen performers in Britain, holla at the hip-hop screen queens and kings of the 1990s, and head beyond Nollywood to showcase fresh Nigerian talent. From Blaxploitation to the LA Rebellion, Poitier to Prince, and Josephine Baker to Ice Cube, there's something for everyone in Black Star."

Black Star Film Menu

The ICO are now taking bookings on the film menu for Black Star, and the specially curated ten films are available at preferential rates, particularly Carmen Jones, Nothing But a Man, The Proud Valley and To Sleep with Anger.

Additional support

For those cinemas taking part in the season, images, logos and marketing materials are available on the Black Star Google Drive.  You can access support to promote the season, with up to £200 per screening available to encourage special events or enhanced activity. The proposal deadline is every Monday, and these will be assessed on a weekly basis until 31 October.

National Moments

The BFI have suggested a couple of weekend activities at BFI Southbank that could be amplified to national moments if you have flexibility in your programmes and can align activity.
Hip Hop Weekend: 4 - 6 November
Comedy Weekend: 9 – 11 December
The season will take place in cinemas nationwide, on DVD and on BFI Player, from October – December 2016.

Access the Black Star Google Drive
Find out more about the Black Star Film Menu
Download the Black Star proposal form
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