For Media Makers

Black Public Media is the go-to destination for those seeking community, funding, training, and distribution opportunities that support Black media stories. The following programs are specifically designed for filmmakers. 

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Open Call

BPM’s Open Call is for feature-length documentaries and shorts (nonfiction or scripted) that are currently in pre-production, production, or post-production, and are intended for public media distribution. Selected projects receive production funding to advance the work. Our 2023 Open Call is focused on climate stories. We encourage work that  promotes discourse and engages audiences around this critical global issue.

360 Incubator+

BPM’s 360 Incubator+ is an intensive 3-month program for documentary filmmakers that features networking opportunities, skill-building workshops, tools for a successful pitch, and one-on-one mentoring with accomplished media makers.The Incubator is designed to accelerate the production of film projects and prepare each filmmaking team to pitch for production funding of up to $150,000 at BPM’s annual PitchBLACK Forum.

Rolling Call

BPM’s Rolling Call invites submissions of completed shorts (scripted or nonfiction) or long form documentary films to be considered for our series AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange or AfroPop Digital Shorts. We are looking for films to highlight the diversity of the global Black experience through stories on music, art, human rights, sports, politics, health, or anything in between. We welcome new talent at HBCUs and other film programs. Completed programs must meet PBS technical and editorial standards. Submissions are accepted year-round.

Jacquie Jones
Memorial Scholarship

The Jacquie Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to support emerging and diverse content producers of nonfiction shorts, feature-length programs, web series, immersive projects, or podcasts. The scholarship is inspired by the life and work of Jacquie Jones who dedicated her life to the development and growth of diverse content creators, and the creation of projects that serve the needs of all communities that encourage dialogue, nurture respect and promote understanding. JJMSF awards up to $300K to film projects that seek finishing funds. 


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