For more than four decades, Black Public Media has maintained a proud legacy of supporting media makers who create content that reflect the diversity and nuance of the global Black experience. Throughout the year, we offer a range of funding and training, distribution opportunities to our creative community.

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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.

About this opportunity
Black Public Media (BPM) and the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts are collaborating on a residency for filmmakers, creative technologists and artists who need access to emerging-tech equipment, studio time, workspace, or training. 

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

The residency is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts. 

Applicants must be early- or mid-career artists and must be engaged in creating work about the African American or global Black experience.  

FAQ - Expectations, key dates, and the fine print

  1. The residency runs 1 to 2 weeks in the summer of 2024. 
  2. Filmmakers, artists, and creative technologists will be accepted on a rolling basis between now and Friday, May 17, 2024. The submissions team may reach out to select applicants for follow up interviews. 
  3. Black Public Media‚Äôs mission is to support the development of visionary content creators and distribute stories about the global Black experience. 
  4. Applicants must be at least age 25 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 $600 in round-trip flights, per participant, from a U.S. airport to Nebraska. 
  6. Participants will receive on-campus housing during their residency. 
  7. Participants must apply with an emerging-tech project in development. Narrative, nonfiction, and documentary projects are all acceptable. Your project may be at any stage of development, from concept to post-production. 
  8. If you have collaborators, they must each apply individually to the residency. A maximum of two people per project may be accepted into the residency. There is no cap on how many people from a single project or production may apply.  
  9. Each Artist-in-Resident is required to give a case study, a talk, or teach a workshop after their residency.  
  10. Participants of this joint residency program retain full ownership and IP of their projects. 
  11. Both the Johnny Carson Center and Black Public Media will receive executive producer credits on your production, project, artwork, or idea, as well as public credit whenever your project is screened, exhibited, presented, pitched, or distributed. 

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