Black Public Media trains and supports filmmakers of color to diversify multi-platform digital authorship.

BPM 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.

About this opportunity

Black Public Media (BPM) and the Johnny Carson Center are offering a residency for Black filmmakers, creative technologists, and artists who need access to emerging-tech equipment, studio time, or workspace. This is an in-person residency that will take place on the campus of University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the summer of 2022 or January 2023. There is no remote or online option. On-campus lodging will be provided.

Emerging technologies include, but are not limited to, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality, robotics and 3D printing. Candidates may also choose to focus on older technologies, such as projection mapping, multichannel video, VFX, or 3D animation.

FAQ - Expectations, key dates, and the fine print

  1. The residency runs 1 to 3 weeks in summer 2022 or January 2023.
  2. Project teams and individual filmmakers, artists and creative technologists will be accepted on a rolling basis between now and July 7, 2022. Apply as early as possible, to increase the likelihood of receiving your your first-choice residency window on campus.
  3. Black Public Media seeks to develop the talent of producers of color. Thus we seek projects in which a person of African descent is in a key creative position. Key creative positions include writer, director, and producer roles.
  4. Applicants must be at least age 22 when applying for this program.
  5. Applicants based outside the United States are welcome to apply, although they would be expected to pay for their travel to the United States on their own. The residency will cover up to $500 in round-trip flights, per participant, from a U.S. airport to Nebraska.
  6. Participants may receive on-campus housing during their residency, whether they are participating as individuals or as a part of a two-person team.
  7. Participants must apply with a story- or content-driven project that they have in development. Narrative and documentary projects are both acceptable. Your project may be at any stage of development, from concept to post-production.
  8. Up to 2 people from one project team may be accepted at the same time. The second team member does not need to be Black or of African descent. Team members are required to complete the residency at the same time, and both crew members would be designated Black Public Media & Carson Center Artists-in-Resident
  9. Each project will receive a $5K to $10K USD grant, which will be delivered in 2 payments. If a project has more than one team member applying for the residency, the team must specify in their application which applicant or company will receive the payment.
  10. Each artist-in-resident is required to give a public lecture or teach a workshop during or immediately after their residency. The second and final residency payment is tied to the completion of this deliverable.
  11. Participants of this joint residency program retain full ownership and IP of their projects.
  12. Both the Johnny Carson Center and Black Public Media will receive executive producer credit on your production, project, or idea, as well as public credit whenever your project is screened, exhibited, presented, pitched or distributed.

AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange has delighted audiences for over 10 years. Its stories are as beautiful as they are poignantly told. Black Public Media (BPM) is committed to bringing to the American public dynamic stories that celebrate the art, culture, history and creativity of people of African descent from the US and around the world.

We are looking for strong stories that will capture the breadth and scope of the diversity of the Black experiences. Programs can be about music, art, 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 and editorial standards. We seek primarily documentaries but will consider narrative shorts that are 30 minutes or less. Submissions  are accepted year-round.

For programs selected for AfroPop, Black Public Media provides competitive licensing rates for broadcast and/or digital platform distribution.

AfroPoP is produced in partnership with WORLD Channel for broadcast and/or digital release.

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