PitchBLACK 2023 Forum & Awards (Virtual)

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PitchBLACK 2023 Forum & Awards (Virtual)

PitchBLACK Forum & Awards is a high-stakes funding competition for documentary and immersive media projects. Up to $150K will be awarded.

By Black Public Media

When and where

Date and time

April 25 · 10am - April 27 · 6pm PDT



Refund Policy

No Refunds

About this event

  • 2 days 8 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

PitchBLACK is Black Public Media's dynamic pitch forum and awards program for documentary and immersive media makers.

Want to join us in person? Click here to register for the PitchBLACK Forum & Awards in-person

PitchBLACK Film Forum (invite only) | Tuesday, April 25 at 1 pm ET

About PitchBLACK Film Forum: This event showcases five feature length documentary projects from BPM's 360 Incubator+ program. One project will be awarded $150K in production funding. They seek distribution and funding partners. This event is by invitation only. If you have not received your invitation and would like to be considered please complete this form.


  • Marta Effinger-Crichlow, Little Sallie Walker
  • Ashley O'Shea & Resita Cox, Southmont Drive
  • Luchina Fisher & Shan Shan Tam, Hidden In Plain Sight
  • Dawne Langford, The Untitled Baltimore Story
  • Soraya Selene & Cat Deakins, Normal Never Worked

Learn more about the 360 Incubator+ Fellows and their projects HERE

PitchBLACK Immersive Forum | Wednesday, April 26 at 1 pm ET

About PitchBLACK Immersive Forum: This event features immersive media artists from the BPMplus program creating original IP, art, and immersive experiences. Winning projects will be awarded up to $75K. They are seeking potential exhibition, screening, and funding partners. This event is free and open to the public.


  • Ainslee Alem Robson, Kandaka
  • Damien McDuffie, AR Museum for the People
  • Dominick Rabrun, Ki Es Ou Ye?
  • Kacie Willis, Word Games
  • Kidus Hailesilassie, [Untitled]
  • LaJune McMillian, The Unseen

Learn more about the the BPMPlus artists and their projects HERE

PitchBLACK Awards Ceremony | Thursday, April 27 at 7 pm ET

About PitchBLACK Awards Ceremony: Celebrate this year’s BPM Trailblazer, award-winning Producer/Director Yoruba Richen (How It Feels to Be Free, The New Black). This is a free, virtual event. Add tickets to the award show during your checkout. The 2023 BPM Trailblazer Award is sponsored by PBS

Want a PitchBLACK gift bag? Purchase a PitchBLACK gift bag as a PitchPERK when you checkout to have it shipped to you.

In honor of the 2023 BPM Trailblazer recipient, Yoruba Richen, Black Public Media will host a two-week retrospective of Richen's work. Selected projects from her filmography will be available to stream on demand from April 24-May 8, 2023. As a PitchBLACK Forum attendee, we will keep you updated on how you can access the films.

On Wednesday, April 26, 5 pm PT/ 8 pm ET, we will host a special community screening of How It Feels to Be Free. Add tickets to the screening when you checkout.

About the organizer

Organized by
Black Public Media

Black Public Media supports the development of visionary content creators and distributes stories about the global Black experience to inspire a more equitable and inclusive future.

For 40 years, BPM has addressed the needs of unserved and underserved audiences.  BPM continues to address historical, contemporary, and systemic challenges that traditionally impede the development and distribution of Black stories.