Homegrown Season 2 Call for Filmmakers / Calls & Submissions

September 18, 2023

Organization Name: Firelight Media

Organization Location: National

Type: Calls & Submissions

Fee: Free


Firelight Media, Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), Black Public Media (BPM), and Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) have released the RFP for the second season of award-winning, regionally focused documentary short film series, HOMEGROWN: A Part Of/Apart From. This series will comprise eight documentary short films made by emerging BIPOC filmmakers living in the U.S. territories, Hawai‘i and their diasporic communities who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color (BIPOC).

The partners seek projects that disrupt mainstream narratives about the U.S. territories and illuminate the living histories, cultures, and future visions of the regions. Titled after a phrase coined by Michael Bevacqua, host of the Guam-based podcast Fanachu!, the upcoming HOMEGROWN collection will focus on stories grappling with issues of sovereignty, agency, and the variety of ways communities negotiate what it means to be at once “a part of and apart from” the United States.

Eight selected filmmakers will receive $45,000 each to produce an 8-15 minute nonfiction short film. The filmmakers will work with Firelight Media, PIC, BPM, LPB, and PBS from development, production, and distribution, and will receive mentorship from established independent filmmakers. Additionally, filmmakers will be paired with a local public media station for editorial and audience engagement support, with a focus on local expertise and communities. Selected films will be distributed through PBS Digital Studios via the flagship PBS YouTube channel with a planned release for winter 2024. The call for proposals opened on Thursday, August 17.


Opportunity Website

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