The National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) trains and supports filmmakers of color to diversify multi-platform digital authorship.

NBPC has a legacy of proudly supporting producers and digital media storytellers who represent the global Black experience. It’s a our goal to provide funding and distribution within our affiliated public media networks including representation on our dedicated online/web series channel

Our executive producers review and consider films for distribution on a rolling basis. We give priority to films that are current and relevant depicting black life and experience in a unique and often overlooked context, largely ignored by popular culture and films. We work with producers who’ll deliver exciting, entrancing stories and locales in a professional manner.

Ends on September 30, 2017

Thanks for taking the time to read the Discretionary Fund guidelines below before completing this form. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

PLEASE NOTE: No application will be considered complete without a work sample. Work samples may be mailed to NBPC, ATTN: Programs Department, 68 East 131st St, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10037, or submitted via links in this form.

NBPC will consider projects primarily nearing completion phase, however, we will consider requests from producers seeking Research and Development support. Our content priorities for 2016 to 2017 include specifically seeking programs about the following subjects matter:

1) Women
2) Health
3) Contemporary Cultural and Social Issues
4) Environmental issues impacting people of African Descent
5) Inspiring stories about African Diaspora Youth
6) African Diaspora (Caribbean, Africa, Central or South America)

NBPC’s Discretionary Funds are primarily for programs that meet at least one of the following criteria.

1) Programs that have a PBS broadcast commitment and are seeking minimal
completion funding;
2) Programs being considered for NBPC’s public television series AfroPoP: The
Ultimate Cultural Exchange;
3) R&D Requests from seasoned public television producers;
4) Broadcast programs that have an existing new media presence.

In addition to the above stated criteria, all requests for discretionary funding must meet the following additional set of criteria:

1) The program must be about the African American and/or African Diaspora
2) Producers/Directors should have significant production experience;.
3) Programs must meet PBS technical standards as outlined in the PBS Red Book (for more information visit

Projects selected for funding will receive an NBPC funding contract. The contract is not a grant but a licensing agreement in which NBPC is granted exclusive or shared domestic public television distribution rights as well as the exclusive or shared right to package, schedule and promote the program through public broadcasting. NBPC makes no expressed or implied commitment to financially support a project until an agreement is signed by both the applicant and NBPC. As a condition of the funding contract, producers must agree to NBPC’s standard terms and conditions, including the following:

• Assignment to NBPC of public television broadcast rights, including six (6)
releases in four (4) years over national public television, off-air record rights, and
internet broadcasting rights.
• Funding and/or Presentation credit to NBPC and CPB.
• Net revenues must be shared with NBPC from the exercise of subsidiary or
ancillary rights over a fifteen year period.
• Financial books and records related to the production must be maintained for 3
years following the receipt of funds or net revenues by the producers.

Producers must comply with all equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination laws and policies, payola/plugola requirements and other applicable federal and state rules and regulations.
Thanks for taking the time to read the Submission Guidelines (download *PDF) before completing this form. The guidelines include instruction for submitting other elements of your application, incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

NBPC is also looking for strong stories that will capture the breadth and scope of the diversity of experiences of contemporary African peoples for its television series AfroPoP. Films can be about music, art, social issues, human rights, sports, politics, health, or anything in between. Programs should be accessible to a broad audience, have the potential for a national broadcast, and can be used for effective outreach and engagement activities to reach audiences beyond the public television broadcast. Completed programs must be able to meet PBS technical standards as outlined in the PBS Red Book (for more information visit the PBS Red Book site).

To have your program considered for AfroPoP please submit the following:
  • Completed Submission Form
  • Personnel Bios for Key Production Personnel (Producer, Director, Writer, Editor)
  • Electronic Press Packet (i.e. press clippings, stills, awards, etc…)
  • 2 DVD copies of the completed program (DVD’s will not be returned)
PLEASE NOTE: No application will be considered complete without a work sample. All work samples must be mailed to NBPC, ATTN: AfroPoP, 68 East 131st St, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10037.

Video samples may also be submitted as password-protected online streaming links via services like Vimeo, YouTube, etc.

AfroPoP programs are considered year round.

To submit a completed short or feature length program for consideration please complete this general inquiry form. You may also read our guidelines for AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange to see if your work might fit within those guidelines as it is a separate application.

Please allow 4-6 weeks for a complete review and response to be sent for your application.

NBPC makes its content available for screening to institutions and colleges around the country through limited partnerships. During their window of license content online at as well as content featured on AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange may be made available for public screening depending on pre-established producer agreements.

All screening events:
  • Must be free and accessible to the public.
  • Provide easily accessible information about NBPC and content producers for the audience.
  • Must be documented with event photography later submitted to NBPC.

To request titles for screening events please complete this form.