HBFF Presents PROJECT STARGAZER – Developing Inclusive Sci-Fi Movies for the 21st Century

Since the beginning of time, people have turned their eyes towards the heavens –- the sun, moon and stars — for inspiration and the hope of a brighter future with unlimited possibilities. Since the advent of motion pictures, audiences similarly have looked to Hollywood stars and larger-than-life films & TV shows to transport them to worlds that sometimes can only be imagined.

The Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) plays an integral role in discovering and launching independent films and filmmakers with fresh voices by bringing them to the attention of the entertainment industry, media and the public.

NASA leads the way in discovering the world and universe in which we live, inspiring, educating and innovating in all realms of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in its endeavor to better all lives on planet Earth.

HBFF and NASA will partner to provide writers and emerging filmmakers from diverse communities with unprecedented access to new resources to tell science fiction stories that capture the imagination by featuring science facts resulting from NASA science missions.

Project Stargazer will relaunch at the 2017 festival in February, with informational panels and events sponsored by NASA, and subsequent Project Stargazer events will take place throughout 2017 to ramp up to a new, expanded competition, which will culminate at HBFF 2018.

Stay tuned for exciting details!


What is Project Stargazer?

Created to encourage and support creative, multicultural works in the science fiction genre, Project Stargazer is a competition for screenwriters and filmmakers to pitch science fact or fiction story ideas incorporating NASA technologies, space or earth science facts as plot elements.  We’re looking for ideas and stories that can be developed into scripts, and ultimately films and TV programs that captivate broad audiences as well as inspire future generations of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering , Arts & Mathematics) enthusiasts. Your project may incorporate future settings, futuristic science and technology, space travel, aliens, paranormal abilities, infinity, immortality, what is human, time, space, consciousness, etc.  It’s up to you.

The goal of Project Stargazer is to identify great science fiction story ideas and encourage emerging visionary screenwriting talent from diverse communities.  We’re looking for strong and thoughtful stories that force the viewer to question reality; that explore reality and our perception of it; and that challenge us with the mystery of the mind and the universe.


How Project Stargazer Works

Project Stargazer is open to all citizens of the United States who write or co-write the submission material. Writing partners are eligible to submit as a team.

Anyone from first-time screenwriters and filmmakers to seasoned professionals will be able to submit their story idea to Project Stargazer. Main characters must represent the diverse panorama of the 21st century.

At HBFF 2018, the semi-finalist Stargazers will participate in intensive workshops that include individual one-on-one meetings and master classes with top industry writers, directors, producers and science/technology consultants to assist in the further development of the Stargazer projects. Each Stargazer will have the opportunity to pitch their projects to a panel of judges who will select Stargazer finalists to participate in the 2018 Project Stargazer Lab.  Finalists will be announced at the HBFF 2018 Awards Ceremony.


2018 Project Stargazer Lab

The Project Stargazer Lab provides the Stargazer finalists with the opportunity to work on creatively advancing their projects from script to screen.  Each Stargazer will be paired with mentors from the entertainment industry and NASA scientists and engineers to advise them on scientific subject matters. The Lab is designed to nurture the Stargazer finalists with project-specific support in an environment that encourages innovation.