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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

We welcome applications from 1st-time Black Filmmakers  based in Washington or Oregon.  

Submission period: Jan 31st - Feb 26th, 2023



CAPTION: "Documenting Life In Leimert Park" by joey zanotti from Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, USA is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Below are questions and answers that clarify sections of the open microgrant call and application process.  If you have a question you don't see here, please contact Abbie or Savita at

1.     How do we determine eligibility? Do I need to submit any documents to prove eligibility?

We determine eligibility with your completed application (including Artist Statement & Film Synopsis) by the deadline of Feb 26th at 5pm PST.

  • Successful applicants must submit a valid ID and W2 form in order to receive the award.

  • Currently matriculated students, and current contractors, team, and staff members of BCC and NWFF are not eligible to apply.

2.     What do you mean by 1st time filmmakers?

You have to be working on your 1st film at any stage of development, any genre short or feature length.


3.     How does your selection process work? Who makes the decisions for the award?

Two Jurors will carefully screen each application and choose 4 recipients after a 3 week judicial period. 


4.     What is the deadline for applications?

February 26th at 5pm PST. We will not review applications after this date.


5.     What is the award amount?

Four (4) awardees will be chosen and receive an amount of $2,500 each.


6.     Are there any restrictions on this award?

This is an unrestricted grant.  Unrestricted means you can choose to spend this money however you wish.


7.     How long should my written film synopsis be?

No longer than 300 words


8.     What are you looking for in the Artist statement? Can I submit a video?

Your Artist Statement includes a brief explanation of career goals, biographical information, and why you are interested in applying.

  • You have the option of submitting this portion as written text (600wds max) OR video link (or upload at 3.2 MB size limit)

  • If submitting a video – please share as open link (no password) or upload file no larger than 3.2MB 

9.     When will the awards be announced?

Monday March 27th, 2023


10.  Will you publish the list of selected applicants?

Yes! We will be announcing our winners on our website and social media.


11.   Who can I contact to get more information?

Abbie or Savita at


12.  Will you provide support during the application process? How?

We will have an Application Workshop on Feb 9th at 12:30pm-1:30pm PST where we will go over application form and our requirements and make space for your questions.


13.   Does the awardee receive other kinds of support in addition to the grant monies?

Awardees will also receive the following benefits courtesy of BCC’s Fiscal Sponsor and grant co-sponsor NWFF. 

  • Four (4) movie passes to NWFF, valid for 1 year from date of award

  • Unlimited Workshop and Class waivers, valid for 1 year from date of award and subject to availability/class capacity

  • Use of NWFF editing room, or community spaces for gatherings, valid for 1 year from date of award and subject to scheduling availability

  • Mentorship/consultant sessions with Seattle film artists, BCC + NWFF program leaders

  • A film screening and promotional support – if the awardee film is completed within 1 year from date of award. 

14.   If I receive the award, can I apply for this microgrant again in the future?

No, this award is for 1st time filmmakers, so as we understand it - if you won this would mean you are no longer a 1st time filmmaker.  It is also possible that we may not have this particular kind of grant available in the future. 

15.  How will I be receiving my funds? 

We will give each recipient unrestricted funding of $2,500. An ACH (Automated Clearing House) or check payment will be sent out to information provided within four weeks of the public grant announcement. 

16.  Can two people submit an application together? Or as an organization?

Artists collaborators (example co directors or writer/director teams etc.) are eligible but that does not denote a double prize.  Collaborators will be sharing a single prize.

  • Organizations are not eligible to apply.


17.  Are there previous application examples?

The 2023 Black Cinema Collective Microgrant is being launched for the 1st first time, so we do not have previous application samples to share.

  • We do offer support in the application process. Please attend our Application Workshop to talk through ideas of what you may want to submit: Feb 9th 12:30-1:30 pm PST. 

18.  Why is this grant open to only first-time filmmakers?

The purpose of this grant to support filmmakers that are in the beginning stages of their journey, who are also in need of artist development support.

  • Note this is open to people 18 years and older, there is no age cap for first time filmmakers!


19.  What do you mean by Black filmmakers?

Regardless of their ethnicity, gender, (dis)abilities, sexual orientation, we understand black to mean someone who self-identifies racially and culturally as black.


20.  Why is this grant only open to residents of OR & WA?

While BCC supports filmmakers both locally and globally, this year we want to support regional Black artists from Washington and Oregon. Our fiscal sponsor, NWFF, is generously co-sponsoring artist development prizes, and so it is easier to access their facilities if you are geographically closer in Washington or Oregon.


21.  Why is it called a "microgrant"?

The reason we are calling this a microgrant is because we are giving a small portion of production money and we would like to disperse the funds between multiple individuals.


22. What obligations do awarded applicants have if they are selected by jurors to receive this grant?

There are no obligations to receive funds or support awards from BCC or cosponsor.  If awardee does choose to receive award package, they will be required to sign a Letter of Agreement (LOA) listing all awards received, noting timeline for awards to be used if they so choose, and schedules of available times to participate in offered mentorship sessions and use benefits within the calendar year if they so choose.​  

  • As we will be publicly announcing the awardees, we will request a photo or headshot, bio, and any promotional links/socials/websites for us to share or tag you in our marketing. 

  • We would love a funding or producer shout out in your film credits, but that will not be required. 


  • Application Deadline:  Sunday Feb 26th, 2023, 5:00pm PST

  • Awardee announcements: Monday March 27th, 2023.

The 2023 Black Filmmaker Microgrant is fiscally supported by the Creative Equity Grant we received in 2021 from the Seattle Foundation.  Artist development package of awards is offered through generous co-sponsorship support by Northwest Film Forum.

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