Black Star season

BFI Black Star season poster

Some of the actors featured in BFI Black Star season

Black Star, a season of 10 films selected by BFI , BFI Film Audience Network and ICO, recognises, promotes and celebrates the range, versatility and power of black actors.

The season takes place October – December 2016 at cinemas nationwide, on BFI Player, on DVD and at BFI Southbank.

There will also be two national moments called Hip Hop Weekend (4th – 6th November) and Comedy Weekend (2nd – 4th December).


There’s still time to apply for screening licences at preferential rates from the Independent Cinema Office (ICO) for BFI Black Star activity. You can book any of the titles in the ICO’s Black Star Tour Film Menu as long your planned event will take place by the end of February 2017. All film bookings must be confirmed by Friday 16 December 2016.

If you’ve already booked a #BFIBlackStar screening at your venue, access the marketing pack containing stills, GIFs, social media copy, Spotify playlists and lots more, to help promote your event.

Films included in the Black Star season:

DO THE RIGHT THING (1989) Spike Lee
CAR WASH (1976)  Michael Schultz
THE PROUD VALLEY (1940)  Pen Tennyson
TO SLEEP WITH ANGER (1990)  Charles Burnett
THE COLOR PURPLE (1986) Steven Spielberg
GLORY (1989)  Edward Zwick
GHOST DOG (1999)  Jim Jarmusch
THE HARDER THEY COME (1972)  Perry Henzell
NOTHING BUT A MAN (1964)  Michael Roemer
CARMEN JONES  (1954)  Otto Preminger

You can download the Black Star Menu of films along with further booking information.

Support for Hub members – DEADLINE EXTENDED

You can apply for a Film Hub bursary to help you grow your audiences for these films. Carmen Jones, Nothing But a Man, To Sleep with Anger and The Proud Valley are all available on subsidised discounted terms.

Film Hub members can also apply for additional support (up to £200) to help promote your screening. A £200 flat fee is available for targeted marketing support aimed towards reaching new audiences for these films. The deadline for submission is every Monday and will be assessed on a weekly basis up until 12 noon on Monday 28 November 2016.

To apply please Black Star support application form.

Please email your completed form to us at Film Hub South East and CC Liz Harkman.

You can also receive support if you programme either of the two re-release titles below, please note that you will need to book these with the distributor directly.

  • Boys in the Hood – 28th October / BFI Distribution
  • In the Heat of the Night – 18th November / Park Circus

Branding assets to download

Your event should include BFI Black Star and BFI FAN branding. You can download assets from GoogleDocs.