TRAINING & FUNDING

FUNDING PROGRAMS

Black Public Media offers funding, distribution & professional development support for independent producers at all stages of their career.

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TRAINING AND FUNDING SOURCES

360 Incubator+

UP TO 10 PROJECTS

$150,000 FUNDING

An intensive 3-month incubator, the program provides filmmakers with creative and business management workshops, network building, tools for a successful pitch, and one-on-one mentoring from talented media makers.

Discretionary Fund

UP TO $50,000 FUNDING

Discretionary funding is only for projects at R&D or completion stage. Applicants must be previous grantees or emerging producers with a public media distribution deal.

Nonso Christian Ugbode Fellowship

1 ACTIVE PROJECT

$10,000 FUNDING

In 2016, in honor of his memory, we founded the Nonso Christian Ugbode Digital Media Fellowship. The NCU Digital Media Fellowship is designed specifically for young artists who are producing their first independent digital media project.

Jacquie Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund

4 PROJECTS AWARDED

$300,000 FUNDING

The Jacquie Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund (JJMSF) has been established to provide support for emerging and diverse content producers of nonfiction shorts, feature-length programs, web series, 360-VR, or podcasts.

Intro to 360 Cameras

ONLINE

Launch Date: Free
Cost: Free

We are developing an online version of our popular class about immersive cameras. BPM always wanted to figure out a way to bring our NYC seminar to other cities, and, now, we're going to bring the course to the entire world. Filmmaker Philip Sanchez is adapting his three-hour seminar into a three-episode video course. The mission of Black Public Media's BPMplus program is to lower and eliminate barriers to entry for Black filmmakers, educators, and makers who want to learn about  extended reality (XR) technology and create XR content. This free, online class delivers on that mission.

Intro to 360 Editing

ONLINE

Launch Date: Free
Cost: Free

This brand new virtual reality course is being developed by VR editor and developer Jonathan Williams, of Virtual Reality Xperience. The mission of Black Public Media's BPMplus Program is to lower and eliminate barriers to entry for Black filmmakers, educators, and makers who want to learn about extended reality (XR) technology and create XR content. This free, introductory, editing course will help us accomplish that mission.

If your would like to become a sponsor or distribution partner of this course, contact Lisa Osborne, BPM's director of emerging media.

Not sure if you qualify?

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External Opportunities

Kartemquin Films and Hulu

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Accelerator Program for Filmmakers of Color

Kartemquin Films and Hulu announced a two-year partnership that will offer an unprecedented opportunity for alumni of Kartemquin’s acclaimed Filmmaker Development Programs.

Firelight's New Funding Opportunity

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The William Greaves Fund

Firelight Media is inviting mid-career nonfiction filmmakers from racially and ethnically underrepresented communities with a particular interest in those who identify as indigenous and/or of African descent, to apply for the inaugural William Greaves Fund.

2020 Southern Producers Lab

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A program designed to bring together 10 emerging, diverse producers for an intensive series of workshops, panels, one-on-one mentoring sessions, and community-building opportunities over the course of three convenings throughout the year.

Not a Filmmaker, but want to get involved?

PRODUCER WEBINAR SERIES

Want to improve your treatment writing? What is the difference between finding a target audience and determining the impact of your project?

Check out these interesting online seminars targeted at emerging producers!

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2.0 Meet the Producers!

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Anatomy of a Web Series Part I

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Developing Your Production Infrastructure

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Application Clinic #1

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Finding and Keeping Your Audience

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Marketing and Measuring Impact

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Anatomy of a Web Series Part II

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Making an Engaging Multipart Series

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What Does Impact Have to Do With It?

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How to Plan for an Interactive Project

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From Incubator to Pitch

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Digital Diversity Live Stream (12/18/14)

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Thinking Interactively

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Giving Your Series The Best Treatment

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Where Is Your True Target Audience?

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