Fellow Organization’s Highlights and Funders/Grantees Announcements:

PhillyCAM is looking for Instructors

PhillyCAM Instructor Interest Form

Thanks for your interest in PhillyCAM. We are always interested in building our roster of instructors for core technical classes and special topic offerings. Our workshops are offered to our community members in a range of formats and styles, from one night only to weekly 6-10 week sessions. We love offering special topic workshops that highlight the expertise of professional media makers in our region. Workshops are offered in person and virtually. Instructors are paid as contractors at a rate of $50-$75/hour depending on experience and the specialization of the workshop. PhillyCAM is a non commercial community media center that supports members to gain technical proficiency, develop their artistry and create audio or video content for PhillyCAM’s community media platforms. We want to encourage members to become lifelong learners, and to understand the steps involved in producing and distributing their own media.  COMPLETE THE FORM

Black Public Media’s Open Call

Black Public Media’s annual Open Call is our chance to celebrate the complexity of the Black experience through story. This year, we will support projects in two key ways: production funding and participation in our 360 Incubator+ (a workshopping opportunity with peers in the field). 

  • This year’s Open Call is for feature-length documentaries and shorts (nonfiction or scripted) that are currently in pre-production, production, or post-production and intended for public media distribution. Selected projects will receive production funding to advance the work. There are no limits on the subject area. However, they encourage work that will promote discourse and engage audiences around a critical social issue. Up to three (3) proposals will receive awards ranging from $20,000 – $50,000 as well as an invitation to pitch for an additional award of up to $100,000 at PitchBLACK in April 2022. APPLY before Mon. Sept 26th


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Accepting short film, feature film or TV pilot, which must be in an advanced stage of pre-production, production or post-production.

Dr. José Luis Ruiz, President of MACEF, who indicated that two winners will be selected to receive $10,000 each, noted that “this initiative is consistent with the organization’s mission to change the distorted, false narrative of Mexican-Americans. Because films, TV, and streaming series have a tremendous impact on the narrative, perception, and reputation of our community, MACEF, a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization, believes this will help create the much needed change.”

The resources provided by this filmmaker production grant and awards will serve to promote a more authentic representation of this community, showcasing Mexican Americans and Chicanas/os as a valued and proud population of American society.

Eligibility and Submissions Process

2022 Illuminate The Arts Grant created by the Philadelphia City Council

The 2022 Illuminate the Arts Grant is a means to aid in the recovery of Philadelphia’s arts and culture community from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2022 Illuminate the Arts Grant is a total of $1.5M to be distributed to Philadelphia’s individual artists, small and mid-size nonprofit arts organizations, and small creative enterprises. The grant seeks to financially uplift Philadelphia’s creative sector and support disadvantaged communities, particularly Philadelphia’s Black and Brown communities, that have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant also seeks to support Philadelphia’s most underserved communities.

Created by Philadelphia City Council, the funds for the 2022 Illuminate the Arts Grant came from the City’s General Fund and will be distributed by OACCE with support from the Arts and Culture Task Force to provide relief to the arts community quickly and efficiently.

Who can apply? READ MORE

 cinéSPEAK is partnering with Tiny Room For Elephants for a 
We’re looking for short films and DJs/musicians/composers that are open to remixing and live-scoring their films for a live audience. Ideally, the filmmaker/composer pair should be familiar with each other’s work, with a previous collaboratorship under their belt. 

Thematically, we want films that move like visual poems, films that carry the heartbeats of their respective cities, places, and spaces in addition to characters.

If folks are curious about what kind of work might fit the bill, they can check out these 2 shorts: An Ode to CBus and SLOWBURN OR email me at

Submissions are due on June 5, 2022

The Philadelphia Foundation: Art Works, the inaugural program from the Forman Arts Initiative

Four community-based organizations will be selected annually to receive two-year, unrestricted grants.  Awards will range from $50,000-$150,000 annually and can be used to support any aspect of an organization’s mission.  Organizations will be chosen based on how closely their work aligns with Art Works‘ programmatic goals.  READ MORE / REGISTER 

The Black List and Warby Parker launch
“The Writer’s Vision Grant”

Three writers in film, television, and theater will be awarded $20,000 each to either film a short proof of concept based on their feature, develop a new work for the stage, or develop and write an original pilot.  Writers may opt in for consideration on the Black List website.

The Writer’s Vision Grant will foster and celebrate scripts that harness and explore creativity, diversity, inclusion, empathy, and innovation in their storytelling.

Evaluation Deadline*: July 15, 2022
Submission Deadline: August 15, 2022
Grant Recipients Notified: September 16, 2022

This partnership marks the sixth year of collaboration between the Black List and Warby Parker. In previous years, Warby Parker presented Black List Live!, a series of live readings of unproduced scripts including CHARMING by Elliot Owen, featuring Rachel McAdams and Adam Scott; SAVING CHAPLIN by Justin Shady, starring Jon Hamm and Randall Park; and EL FUEGO CALIENTE by Ben Schwartz, starring Schwartz and Don Cheadle.

Check out our FAQ for more information on how to obtain hosting and evaluations at no cost, and for more details on the program.

Make a note of the deadline and don’t miss your chance! The Black List and Warby Parker are excited to continue our partnership with this new opportunity to support up-and-coming writers in film, television and theater.

Additional questions can be addressed to

ART WORKS Special Initiative Grant 

Art Works is a $3-million grant program for community-based organizations and emerging artists that is designed to support arts, culture and creativity — particularly those working with BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color) individuals and those in other under-served communities. Art Works, the inaugural program from the Forman Arts Initiative, will provide direct grants to artists and organizations that shine a light on Greater Philadelphia’s rich diversity.  READ MORE/SUBMIT

SCRIBE VIDEO CENTER: Philadelphia Student Mediamaker Fund Applications Open

DUE DATE: MARCH 1, 2022 AT 11:59PM

Grant Guidelines:
The Philadelphia Student Mediamaker Fund awards grants to Philadelphia area student media makers enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate college/university program who want to produce a digital video or audio project.

Undergraduate Student Award – awards up to $500

Graduate Student Award – awards up to $1,500
The Philadelphia Student Mediamaker Fund, a program of Scribe Video Center, is made possible with support from the Independence Public Media Foundation.

Deadlines: October 15 and March 1

Email Alexia Chororos, Scribe Managing Director for further information:
Photo by:  Saba Ahmed
Actress: Gladia Bolt

Lena Waithe’s Hillman Grad Opens Applications for Second Annual Mentorship Lab

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Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series, the first Academy qualifying festival devoted to women filmmakers, will offer you an opportunity to produce the pilot for a web series or a short film!

You will receive $5,000 to produce the first episode of your web series, which you can use as a calling card to attract a producer and other film opportunities. You will be guided on your journey in learning the art of creating a high quality micro budget film. Story is Queen. 

Be prepared to begin production and shooting of your web series project or short film shortly after you are selected as the Reel Sisters Fellow!

DEADLINE: January 31, 2022

Announcement: March 7, 2022.

Web Series Genres or Short Film: Animation, Documentary, Narrative, Comedy & Sc Fi.

You will retain full production and copyrights to your film. Just list Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series in your production credits. READ MORE

Announcing the launch of the
Philadelphia Media Founders Exchange

The community-grounded accelerator program will provide grant funding and training to Philadelphia-area media entrepreneurs of color

Applications are now open for the Philadelphia Media Founders Exchange, a new accelerator program, designed in partnership with community members, to support the region’s BIPOC media entrepreneurs through training, one-on-one coaching, and grantmaking.

The Philadelphia Media Founders Exchange focuses specifically on the urgent need and opportunity to support and advance more media entrepreneurs of color to ensure communities prosper and news businesses thrive and grow sustainably on their own terms

Self-identified media makers whose businesses are beyond the concept stage of development are encouraged to apply. The program is open to both entrepreneurs and “intrapreneurs,” those working inside of news and media organizations with enterprising endeavors. 

Click here to apply and you can visit this page for details on Exchange programming, eligibility details, and more.

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, January 18 at 11:59 p.m. EST. 

Please register here to attend a Zoom-based information session on Thursday, January 13 at noon EST with Community Catalyst Jos Duncan Asé, Diana Lu of the Knight-Lenfest News Transformation Fund, and Mara Zapeda of Zebras Unite

The Philadelphia Media Founders Exchange is supported by The Lenfest Institute for Journalism, The Knight-Lenfest Local News Transformation Fund, and the Independence Public Media Foundation.

“Philly media entrepreneurs embody the vision of brotherly love and sisterly affection not only in the content they develop, but also in how they run their business and collaborate with communities,” said Roxann Stafford, managing director of the Knight-Lenfest Local News Transformation Fund. “We are excited to continue to support the journeys of these great community business leaders.” 

The Exchange programming, developed and led by co-op Zebras Unite in partnership with  Black and Brown Founders, each past leaders of successful new business accelerators, will begin in February. Participating businesses will receive $10,000 each and training in community-powered journalism, branding and marketing, audience and partnership growth, financial modeling, raising capital, executive leadership and emotional resilience. Each participant will also receive personalized coaching to help advance their goals. 

In addition, participants will have the opportunity to receive follow-on grant funding to help execute their plans. A total of $80,000 will be available to be shared between the grantees. More details on the grant process can be found HERE

Who is eligible to apply for a grant from TPP?

TPP accepts applications from individuals, informally organized groups and organizations, and formally registered or incorporated not for profit organizations based anywhere in the world.

While we try to make sure our application process is open to as many people as possible, we do have a few rules about who is eligible to apply for funding from TPP. These rules are designed to ensure we comply with all legal requirements that govern our grantmaking and to support us in identifying those projects which are best aligned with our mission and values… READ MORE

Big Picture Alliance CINEMANIACS – Students Exploring
The Craft of CINEMA

Interested Students REGISTER Now!

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