Frequently Asked Questions
BPM is eager to diversify our pool with applicants working in a range of formats, styles, subject matter and genres. In addition, we welcome proposals that target specific viewers such as children and teen audiences.
Producers or directors must have a minimum of 3 years professional producing or directing experience.
At least one or more of the key production team members (Writer, Director, Producer) must be a U.S. citizen or green-card holder.
At least one or more of the key production team members (Writer, Director, Producer) must be of African descent or person of color.
Projects or production entities, which are foreign-based, owned or controlled will not be considered.
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.
No, funds are only available for projects that are in pre-production or production.
No, eligible projects must be completed no later than May 31, 2021
Applicant must hold artistic, budgetary and editorial control and must own the copyright of the proposed project.
For awarded projects, BPM will hold broadcast premiere 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.
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.
Industrial, children’s, promotional projects and impact campaigns are not eligible for funding.
Yes, projects receiving organizational support are welcome to apply.
Projects must be completed eighteen (18) months from award. We will only consider extensions of a project's schedule for selected projects with a fully executed agreement. Requests for schedule changes will not be accepted until midway through the licensing term. Extensions in the production schedule are not guaranteed.