What types of projects are eligible?

The proposed content must be: nonfiction short form or feature film; podcast; web series; or 360 VR project intended for public media distribution.

How much experience do I need to apply?

Producers or directors must have a minimum of 3 years professional producing or directing experience.

I’m not a U.S. citizen. Can I still apply?

At least one or more of the key production team members (Writer, Director, Producer) must be a U.S. citizen or green-card holder..

I am not African American or of African descent. Can I still apply?

The JJMSF is designed to support media makers of color. As such, at least one or more of the key production team members (Writer, Director, Producer) must be of African, LatinX, Indigenous or Asian descent.

Are international projects eligible?

Projects or production entities, which are foreign-based, owned or controlled will not be considered.

I’m working on several projects. Can I submit them all?

While a single producer or production team may submit multiple applications, each project must be submitted separately, and no more than one project from any producer or production team will ultimately receive support.

I have a finished film but I still need funding to pay off production expenses. Can I apply?

No, funds are only available for projects that are in their R&D, production or post-production phase.

My project is scheduled to be finished in 2022. Can I apply?

No, eligible projects must be completed no later than May 31, 2021

I don’t hold the copyright for my project. Can I apply?

Applicant must hold artistic, budgetary and editorial control and must own the copyright of the proposed project.

I already have a deal to stream my project online. Can I apply?

For awarded projects, BPM will hold premier rights for 4 years exclusive on public media. Projects for which the domestic broadcast and/or streaming rights are not available will not be considered.

Are student projects eligible to apply?

Thesis projects or student films which are co- or solely-owned or copyrighted, or otherwise editorially or fiscally controlled by the school are not eligible.

Are industrial, children’s, promotional projects or impact campaigns eligible?

Industrial, children’s, promotional projects and impact campaigns are not eligible for funding.

Our public media organization is interested in helping employees with their applications. Is that allowed?

Yes, projects receiving organizational support are welcome to apply.