July 2024—
11:00 am—2:00 pm

Pizzeria Vetri
1939 Callowhill St.
Philadelphia, PA 19130

This is a funder-only gathering.

This event has sold-out! To be added to the waitlist please email shannon@mediafunders.org. You will be notified by Monday, July 29 should space open up.

Media Impact Funders is thrilled to be hosting a film funder gathering ahead of the BlackStar Film Festival, which celebrates the visual and storytelling traditions of Black, Brown and Indigenous people from around the world. BlackStar, happening Aug. 1-4 in Philadelphia, is featuring 94 films that highlight themes of self-discovery, climate justice, immigrant rights, decolonization, and queer liberation.

Now more than ever, it’s crucial to strengthen the foundations of our democratic society through courageous, nuanced, and independent nonfiction storytelling. We need storytellers of color to reflect the full diversity of our society and craft an American narrative that truly represents our country. This mission is urgent, as research shows that people of color remain significantly underrepresented both on-screen and behind the camera on major streaming and cable platforms, where most audiences consume nonfiction content today.

We’ll hear from several funders who continue to support and uplift the field in collaboration with their communities. Then, we’ll turn it over to you to share your organization’s 2024 priorities and any other thoughts you have.

If you haven’t already purchased your BlackStar Film Festival passes, we encourage you to do so soon! You can check-out the full program for this year here.

  • Nuala Cabral, Program Officer, Independence Public Media Foundation
  • Maori Karmael Holmes, Chief Executive & Artistic Officer, BlackStar
  • Lauren Pabst, Senior Program Officer, Journalism & Media, MacArthur Foundation
  • Nina Sachdev, Communications Director, Media Impact Funders

Photographs and/or video will be taken at this event. By attending this event, you consent to your image/likeness, voice, and/or name being used in photographs and/or film, and any reproductions or adaptations thereafter, by Media Impact Funders to use in any and all print and digital media in perpetuity. If you do not wish to be photographed and/or filmed, please contact Nina Sachdev, Director of Communications, at nina@mediafunders.org.