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Highlighting Variety: Black Public Media Broadcasts 2023 PitchBLACK Discussion board and Awards

(Final Up to date On: March 8, 2023)

Black Public Media (BPM) will maintain its sixth PitchBLACK Discussion board — the most important pitch competitors for Black, impartial filmmakers and inventive technologists in the USA — on April 25 and 26. Winners of as much as $150,000 in venture funding for brand new documentary filmmaking and immersive media initiatives will likely be introduced on the PitchBLACK Awards on April 27, honoring award-winning filmmaker and educator Yoruba Richen and emceed by Baltimore-based comic Sir Alex. PitchBLACK and the PitchBLACK Awards will happen at The Inexperienced Area in Manhattan.

PitchBLACK will likely be supported in 2023 and 2024 by Netflix’s Fund for Inventive Fairness, a devoted effort to assist construct new alternatives for underrepresented communities inside leisure. This new grant from Netflix builds on earlier help awarded in 2020 to BPM, a serious funder for and champion of Black filmmaking, and helped make the previously biyearly occasion an annual trade alternative for Black creatives.

Because it launched PitchBLACK in 2015, BPM has awarded greater than $1.5 million to 17 completely different initiatives, a few of which have premiered on PBS, WORLD Channel, Create and PBS Digital. Program alumni have produced for PBS, CNN, Showtime, Netflix, HBO, BET, NBC, The CW, and extra.

The PitchBLACK Discussion board is a high-stakes funding competitors for documentary and immersive media producers/administrators creating new initiatives in regards to the Black expertise. Producers and technologists vie for awards of as much as $150,000in funding in entrance of a panel of media professionals and an in-person and digital viewers of funders, distributors, and trade leaders.

Photograph Credit score: James Brooks

This yr’s discussion board culminates BPM’s 360 Incubator+ program, an intensive three-month fellowship underneath the mentorship of veteran producers providing contributors a chance to develop a movie, internet sequence or engagement venture. The occasion consists of the PitchBLACK Movie Discussion board on Tuesday, April 25; and the PitchBLACK Immersive Discussion board on Wednesday, April 26. Winners will likely be introduced the night of Thursday, April 27, throughout the PitchBLACK Awards honoring Richen, whose works have captured the thrill and trials of Black life, with movies about Rosa Parks, Harry Belafonte, the killing of Breonna Taylor, and extra. With the consideration, Richen joins the ranks of different BPM Trailblazer Award winners Orlando Bagwell, Joe Brewster, Michèle Stephenson, and Marco Williams.

BPM additionally will current the Nonso Christian Ugbode Fellowship to a yet-to-be introduced recipient. The fellowship is known as after BPM’s late director of digital initiatives.

The PitchBLACK Immersive Discussion board and PitchBLACK Awards will stream dwell on BPM’s social media channels. The PitchBLACK Movie Discussion board is invitation-only.

Further sponsorship alternatives can be found by contacting Alisa Norris, BPM’s fund improvement and company partnerships supervisor, at Leisure trade executives and funders wishing to attend the PitchBLACK Discussion board in particular person could request entry right here.

PitchBLACK 2023 is sponsored by Netflix and Gimlet Media, with further help from the Company for Public Broadcasting. 

For extra data on BPM, go Comply with the group and watch the occasions at @blackpublicmedia on Instagram and Fb and @BLKPublicMedia on Twitter.

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