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PitchBLACK Forum

April 7-8, 1 p.m. ET

The PitchBLACK Forum is the high-stakes competition of BPM's 360 Incubator+ program — a three-month fellowship for documentary and short-form producers/directors developing new projects about the Black experience. At the Forum, fellows will pitch their projects to a panel of industry experts in an effort to become one of the finalists selected to receive up to $150K in project funding.

For a look at previous Forum participants, visit our main 360 Incubator+ page and scroll down to the Projects section.

Go here to learn more about the distinguished cohort of 2021 fellows and their projects.

Sandy Rattley and Denise Greene
Sandy Rattley and Denise Greene

PitchBLACK Forum would be nothing without our incredible 360 Incubator+ Creative Consultant Sandra Rattley, and our distinguished mentors: Jaad Assante, Joe Brewster, Rachel Falcone, Sonia Gonzalez-Martinez, Chris Hastings, Byron Hurt, Michael Premo, Sam Pollard, Yoruba Richen, Sreedevi Sripathy, and Christine Turner. Go here to learn more about them.

BPMplus Showcase

April 9, 1 p.m. ET

New to PitchBLACK this year is the BPMplus Showcase. Black filmmakers and artists will present their augmented reality, virtual reality, and motion capture projects. The showcase is free and open to the public. Go here to register.


PitchBLACK Awards

April 9, 7 p.m. ET

PitchBLACK Awards celebrate Black media storytellers by honoring the past (Trailblazer Award), the present (Forum Awards), and the Future (Nonso Christian Ugbode Award).

The BPM Trailblazer award recognizes accomplished makers who've distinguished themselves both with their craft and in the mentoring of emerging makers.  The inaugural recipients (2019) were Michèle Stephenson and Joe Brewster of Rada Film Group. This year's Trailblazer is producer/director Marco Williams.

The NCU Fellowship is awarded to groundbreaking makers under age 35 who work in in emerging media. The inaugural NCU recipient (2019) was Kian Kelley-Chung. The 2021 recipient will be announced at the upcoming PitchBLACK Awards ceremony.

The 2021 PitchBLACK Awards program will be held virtually and is open to the public. Registration details will be listed here soon. Join us for before and after the awards presentation at virtual mixers to meet the fellows, mentors, and other members of the BPM creative community. Tickets to these events are available here.

Marco Williams

2021 BPM Trailblazer Award Recipient Marco Williams


Sponsorship Opportunities Are Available!

If your organization could benefit from exposure to public and commercial media programmers and executives, cultural philanthropists, media institutions and distributors, PitchBLACK is the place to be. Virtual opportunities are available for on-site, pre- and post-event marketing. To determine which of these opportunities align best with your institutional goals, contact Alisa Norris, BPM development associate.


Black Pubic Media is pleased to thank the following PitchBLACK/360 Incubator+ sponsors:


Corporation for Public Broadasting



MacArthur Foundation

Acton Family Giving

New York State Council for the Arts

New York Cultural Alliance