Black Cinema Collective Launches National Open Call for the 2024 BCC Filmmaker Microgrant

Black Cinema Collective (BCC), a cinema programs organization based in Seattle that  centers local and global works by African and Afro-Diasporic filmmakers has launched a national call for their second microgrant to be awarded to Black filmmakers.  

This juried grant will support two awardees with short or feature length film projects of any genre that are in the post-production stage of completion. Awardees will receive $7,500 each as well as an  opportunity for bi-coastal public film screenings with promotional support provided by the New York African Film Festival and Northwest Film Forum in Seattle, and a 6-month subscription to MUBI’s  expansive selection of indie films.  

The grant application is now open. Early submission deadline for free applications is Monday, May 27th, with a closing date for $15 submission fee by Sunday, June 2nd. There will be no extensions for this call.

Click here to apply for this opportunity.

Black Cinema Collective (BCC) was founded in 2019 by Berette S Macaulay at the behest of Susan  Harewood at the University of Washington-Bothell. With founding members Mateó B. Ochoa and Savita Krishnamoorthy, they have offered multiple programs screening films and hosting artist talks with  filmmakers from the US, Africa, South America, and the Caribbean. Macaulay says, “We are a small outfit, but our vision is wide, as we represent a multicultural group of artists and cultural workers who are personally invested in stories that expand monolithic ideas of Black and Brown people around the  world.” BCC has committed its work not only to screening global stories but supporting different genres  of films in community. With this grant, BCC aims to also to directly invest in artist development. 

BCC’s second microgrant is fiscally supported by Seattle Foundation and City of Seattle Office for Arts  & Culture and will be juried by a national panel of award-winning artists in the field, with actor and  filmmaker Zainab Jah (New York); documentary filmmaker, Ania Freer (New York); and composer,  performer, and intermedia artist, Chari Glogovac-Smith (Seattle). Additional sponsorship support is  provided by MUBI, Northwest Film Forum, and the New York African Film Festival. All information for the award is now publicly available on blackcinemacollective.org

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