Me and my hvx200 filmmaking and these  feet belong to Tonya at NBPC

Now that New York has been my home for a short while Ive started to find my filmmaking feet, and ending the year by celebrating the diversity of filmmaking in the city at The National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC)  xmas party got me feeling optimistic that 2012 will be a promising year for Documentary Filmmaking. Ive found some juicy opportunities for us storytellers working around the world, seeking funding and support. Cut in with this are some party pics and video of people making it happen In the documentary film world.





















At the end of the year I was excited to have completed a short film called A Tea Room in the Hood, and to make sure I keep my filmmaking feet moving, this year’s new plan is: I will prioritize and focus on a select few opportunities, and I found some that cover all areas of film production, wherever you are in the world.

Some of the deadlines are soon approaching, so keep your filmmaking feet moving  just like Leslie does in the video below.


As well as throwing a good party The National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) has invested more than $7 million dollars in iconic documentary productions for public television – I LOVE PBS. The NBPC train, mentor and support a diverse array of producers, with a focus on unique stories about the black experience. They fund and distribute engaging content online for broadcast and community engagement.



The NBPC staff

∞ Opportunity: Completed Film ready for Broadcast.


Leslie Fields-Cruz
VP Operations & Director of Programming- coordinates and directs NBPC’s development fund programs and supervises the acquisition, distribution and delivery of programs to the public television system.

AfroPoP: The Utimate Cultural Exchange documentary series – She’s 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 submit here:


∞ Opportunity: Grants for Webseries and Interactive Content


Nonso Christian Ugbode
Director of Digital Media- oversees content and style for NBPC’s Blackpublicmedia.Org website. He also manages in-house production of content and e-advocacy for NBPC



The DIGITAL OPEN CALL:  Open Call awards project requests of up to $20,000 for interactive projects and web series concepts. Selected projects will be published on, made available for public broadcasting options, and executive produced by the National Black Programming Consortium.

Find out when to apply fot their grants:


∞ Opportunity: In Production Need a Mentor


Stanley Nelson
Filmmaker - an Emmy-winning MacArthur “genius” Fellow, is co-founder and Executive Director of Firelight Media. 



Me meeting Mr Nelson at PAFF 2008

Firelight Media Producer’s Lab – In the same Harlem building where the NPBC is based is also Firelight Media, headed by Stanley Nelson whose work includes Freedom Riders the winner of three Emmy awards. His company is offering a Producers Lab mentoring programme for films getting into production or roughcut stage with aims for broadcast.

They are now open for submission here:


∞ Opportunity: Funding for campaign/social issue films







Taken at the G20 Protests 2009



The Bertha BRITDOC Documentary Journalism Fund- for filmmakers working at the intersection of film and investigative journalism. For films that break the important stories of our time, exposing injustice, bringing attention to unreported issues and cameras into regions previously unseen. £250,000 a year for 3 years is available to filmmakers as a mixture of grants and investments.

This fund doesn’t have a deadline, but is administered on a rolling basis.

The Bertha BRITDOC Connect Fund – the first outreach and engagement fund in Europe for filmmakers with smart, strategic outreach campaigns that have the ability to achieve real change on a local, regional or global level.
£250,0000 a year for 3 years is available in grants.

The next deadline is January 31st at 6pm UK time.

∞ Opportunity: Ready to Pitch a film supporting a GOOD cause


Good Pitch- New York- Europe – San Francisco 2012 is looking for documentary film projects which tackle important global and national issues and enhance our understanding of the world.selected. Invited filmmakers attend one of the three live pitching sessions happening all over the world.

Good Pitch New York: May 24th 2012

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 1st February, 4pm UK time

Good Pitch Europe: June 2012

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 1st February, 4pm UK time

Good Pitch San Francisco: October 2012

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 9th May, 4pm UK time       



∞ Opportunity: Development Fund to make a Film Trailer 








 G20 Protests LDN 2009


The PUMA.Creative Catalyst Award is an international documentary development fund of up to €5000 per film. The Awards are designed to support the development of your documentary film idea and give you resources to shoot and edit your trailer. They are open to emerging and established filmmakers working anywhere in the world. They welcome one-off, creative documentary ideas of any length and subject, in any style and form, but are keen on ideas that speak to PUMA.Vision’s core values of Safe, Peace and Creative.

Spring 2012 is now open for business:


Happy Filmmaking 2012


Darklingdami x

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