The Black Public Media (BPM) and The Redford Center have partnered to support BPM's open call for climate documentaries. BPM will award a total of $230,000 in production funding for feature-length documentaries and documentary or scripted shorts, which should be suitable for public media distribution.
“We are honored to partner with BPM on this open call, and grateful to BPM for creating this opportunity to center frontline filmmakers and projects focused on increasing knowledge and resonance of the importance of safeguarding our environment,” said The Redford Center Executive Director Jill Tidman. “As more and more people experience the effects of climate change, it is vital that we hear from and learn from communities who are often disproportionately impacted by it. I cannot wait to see what stories come through this effort.” The Redford Center, an independent environmental nonprofit co-founded in 2005 by activists and filmmakers Robert Redford and James Redford, will partner with BPM on the open call, offering advice as well as resources.
Invited are stories on how the climate crisis impacts people of African descent. Eligible projects may focus on how the crisis is being managed, climate education, environmental racism, health impacts, sustainable industries, climate policies, and solutions. The open call submissions link will go live on Friday, September 1, at https://blackpublicmedia.org/for-media-makers/open-call/ and close on Monday, September 25 at 11:59 p.m. ET.