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BPM Launches 'AfroPoP' Rolling Call

Features and shorts about the global Black experience are invited

My co-workers and I are gearing up for the next season of Black Public Media’s award-winning series, AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange. To celebrate our 15th season, we’re revamping the application for our annual call for completed films. The Rolling Call, which kicks off this week, includes long form documentary projects as well as narrative and nonfiction shorts. Although we’ve considered short films in the past, we are eager to spotlight filmmakers who have used this form in extraordinary ways to reach niche audiences and present nuanced stories.

As always, we’re looking for strong, completed films that capture the breadth, scope and diversity of the global Black experience. We’re interested in hearing from nonfiction and narrative filmmakers across the field and those who have an eye out for the new talent at HBCUs and other film programs. Submitted films can be about music, art, human rights, sports, politics, health, or anything in between. They should be accessible to a broad audience and open to generating opportunities for effective outreach and engagement activities to reach audiences beyond the public television broadcast. Primarily, we seek documentaries, but this year we will also consider narrative or nonfiction shorts that run 30 minutes or less. Completed programs must be able to meet PBS technical and editorial standards. Submissions will be accepted year-round.

“In reaching the 15th year milestone for our broadcast series, AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange, we saw an opportunity to offer our loyal viewers an extension to the season’s broadcast and reach new viewers with a companion digital series, AfroPoP Digital Shorts. The Rolling Call allows us to stay in touch with our creative community on an open-door basis as we accept projects of all types for review throughout the year. In addition, our monthly release of an AfroPoP Digital Short will allow us to showcase a wide variety of subjects and storytelling styles that speak to niche audiences and lend themselves to powerful engagement opportunities.” — Denise A. Greene, Director of Programs