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Black Public Media hosts several events annually. We also partner with a variety of organizations
on professional development training and public screenings. Check out our upcoming events below.


Filmmaker Friday: Smile4Kime

Smile4Kime is an experimental short film that tells the story of two friends who transcend time, space, and even death to support each other and stay connected through their struggles with mental...

2024 Johnny Carson Center Open Call

If you’re working on an emerging media project and would like to participate in our Black Public Media Residency at the Carson Center this summer, it is time to submit! Our open call for...

Filmmaker Friday: Searching For Augusta Savage

Augusta Savage’s curiously dormant legacy is experiencing a long-overdue revival this month, thanks to a new film by producer Sandy Rattley and director Charlotte Mangin. Searching for Augusta Savage...

This Little Light of Mine In Space Webinar

This Little Light of Mine is a timeworn gospel favorite. This month, thanks to producer Topper Carew, a video of children from across the planet singing the song is beaming down to earth from the...

Filmmaker Friday Conversation Postponed

Black Public Media regrets to announce the postponment of today's Filmmaker Friday conversation (Dec. 15) featuring Marlene and Nadine Patterson, and their co-producer Sonia Sanchez, until 2024. Next...

BPM at Art Basel Miami

Join BPM at Art Basel Miami this week for a dynamic program of screenings, conversations with media makers and more...


PitchBLACK is Black Public Media’s dynamic pitch forum and awards program for documentary and immersive media makers. Each year, media makers in film and immersive media come together to pitch their projects to a panel of industry executives and funders in hopes of being awarded up to $150K in project funding. Winning projects often go on to be distributed on various public media outlets.

African Diaspora
Film Club

In collaboration with the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco, BPM co-produces a bimonthly series of virtual conversations with Black media storytellers from across the globe. The free, online discussions are moderated by California Newsreel Co-director Cornelius Moore and are attended by filmmakers, educators, students, artists, and documentary film lovers.

Black Media
Story Summits

Since 2018, BPM has hosted two national Black Media Story Summits, and several regional and topical story summits in Baltimore, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Michigan Newark, North Carolina, and Houston. The purpose of these gatherings is to bring media makers together with other community stakeholders so they can explore ways that media makers might create content that captures the Black experience and inspires change.

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