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 BlackPublicMedia.org.
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.
AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange has delighted audiences for 13 seasons. 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, and creativity of people of African descent.
We are looking for strong stories that will capture the breadth and scope of the diversity of experiences of contemporary African peoples. Programs can be about music, art, human rights, sports, politics, health, or anything in between. They can be set on the African continent, the US, Caribbean, South America, Europe, Middle East, South Pacific, Asia, or wherever people of African descent have made an impact.
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. We seek primarily documentaries but will consider narrative shorts less than 30 minutes.
AfroPoP programs are considered year-round.
Are you looking for an audience for your short film?
Black Public Media is accepting completed short films -- scripted and documentary -- that highlight the diversity and complexity of the Black experience across the globe for national public media distribution. We welcome films about music, art, human rights, sports, politics, health, or anything in between.
Films must be between 3 and 30 minutes in length and completed within the last 3 years. The films 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. In addition, the US broadcast rights rights to stream the films on all PBS platforms, including social platforms (i.e. Facebook) must be currently available.
BPM will offer selected films a licensing agreement for U.S. public media distribution and BPM's standard acquisition fee. We are accepting submissions until Wednesday, Feb 2, 2022. Don't Delay!
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