February 29, 2024

Film & Gaming Collide: BlackStar International Film Festival Introduces “Film Games”


In an unprecedented fusion of cinematic storytelling and digital competition, the BlackStar International Film Festival (BSIFF), in collaboration with the Esports Association, Ghana (EAG), is set to unveil the first-ever “Film Games” during its week-long celebration of film and culture. From September 18 to 24, 2023, film enthusiasts and gamers alike will converge for a unique experience that bridges the gap between two seemingly disparate worlds.

At the heart of this groundbreaking event is the “Film Games” competition, an Esports tournament where two-person teams will go head-to-head in the highly anticipated FIFA 23. However, there’s a cinematic twist: each team will represent a film, battling not only for gaming supremacy but also to prove the dominance of their chosen cinematic masterpiece. With a generous GH₵5000 prize pool up for grabs, the stakes are high, and the excitement is palpable.

Registration for the “Film Games” is open now, and film buffs with a penchant for gaming can secure their spot in this historic tournament via the BSIFF website for a nominal fee of GH₵30 per player. This fee includes a hearty lunch for players, ensuring that participants are fueled up and ready for action. It’s a chance to immerse yourself in the “Tech in Film” Festival by representing a film in a FIFA 23 (2v2) Esports Tournament—an opportunity no film and gaming enthusiast should miss.

The BlackStar International Film Festival has long been a beacon for independent African filmmakers, providing them with a platform to showcase their work to a global audience. This event not only celebrates cinema but also serves as a crucial stepping stone for these talented individuals, offering them access to distribution opportunities, the right network, film education, and the acquisition of relevant skills. Moreover, it encourages them to push the boundaries of their creativity beyond their limits.

With the introduction of “Film Games,” BSIFF is taking its commitment to innovation to new heights. By integrating the world of gaming with cinema, the festival aims to attract an even wider audience and foster a greater appreciation for the art of storytelling, whether on the silver screen or in the virtual arena.

The collaboration with the Esports Association, Ghana is a testament to the festival’s vision of embracing technology and contemporary trends. Esports has rapidly emerged as a global phenomenon, and BSIFF recognises its potential to engage with a younger and more digitally savvy demographic.

The “Film Games” promises not only thrilling competition but also a unique opportunity for film enthusiasts to connect with their favourite movies on a whole new level. As teams battle it out in FIFA 23, audiences can expect to witness the magic of cinema coming to life in the gaming world.

So, mark your calendars for September 18–24, 2023, and join the BlackStar International Film Festival in this groundbreaking cinematic-gaming adventure. It’s a chance to experience the best of both worlds and witness the magic that happens when film and gaming collide.