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We are excited to announce the launch of our 2023 Black Cinema Collective Filmmaker Microgrant for 1st time Black filmmakers based in Washington or Oregon.  



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

The purpose of this grant is to support four (4) Black filmmakers in their first film project as well as providing resources from our co-sponsor Northwest Film Forum (NWFF) to support their creative endeavors and interests. 

This juried grant will offer four (4) awardees $2500 in unrestricted funds towards their first film.  


Films can be at any stage of development, as a short or feature length film, in any genre (art film, comedy, drama, fantasy, horror, musicals, mystery, romance, science fiction - you get the picture).


The grant application period opens January 31st, 2023 and closes at 5:00pm on Feb 26th, 2023.  


BCC Team Abbie Altamirano (Community & Youth Education Outreach) and Savita Krishnamoorthy (Research & Development, Operations, + Programs) will facilitate an Application Workshop on February 9th  from 12.30 – 1.30 pm to field questions from applicants.  We also have an FAQ page to address typical questions about the application process.


​Since 2019 we have offered multiple programs, interactive film screenings and artist talks with filmmakers from the US, Africa, South America, and the Caribbean.  This has been possible through our determined efforts to support Black+Brown artists and now we want to deepen our support for your work!

BCC’s first microgrant will be juried by Seattle-based filmmakers Maya Santos (Building for Equity Programs Manager, 4Culture)  and Tifa Tomb (Sn. Media Producer of Storytelling at UW)!!

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CAPTION: "Image" by michale is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Award$ and Artist Development Support & Prizes :


This juried grant will offer four (4) awardees $2500 in unrestricted funds

Awardees will also receive the following benefits courtesy of grant co-sponsor Northwest Film Forum (NWFF):

  • Four (4) movie passes to NWFF film programs and/or festivals screenings valid for 1 year from date of award

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

  • Use of NWFF editing lab, 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 leadership 

  • A film screening and promotional support

​*(if the awardee's film is completed within 1 year from date of award)

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Based on the work and communities BCC serves, Black identifying, queer, trans, straight, non-binary, non-gender conforming applicants are invited to apply. 

  • Active interest in film, cinema studies, Afro-Diasporic filmmaking, film criticism, and production. 

  • First time Black, African, and/or African-Diasporic filmmaker 

  • Applicants must be 18 years or older 

  • Must be a permanent resident of Oregon or Washington

  • Due to availability of related or organizational opportunities, currently enrolled students, and current contractors, team, and staff members of BCC and NWFF are not eligible to apply

  • Deadline for the application is February 26th, 2023, at 5pm PST. Applications received after this date will not be considered. 


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To facilitate an accessible process for applicants, we've kept the process as simple as possible. 


Applications must include:

  • Completed application form via jotform

  • Artist statement, (words or video submissions accepted as links), including brief explanation of career goals and biographical information, and information on why you are interested in applying (600 words max, and no larger  than 3 megabytes) 

  • Your film synopsis (300 words) 

  • Work sample as image stills and/or video link


  • 4 weeks | Open Jan 31st, Close Feb 19th


  • February 9th from 12.30 -1.30 pm PST  via Zoom


  • This workshop will also be recorded and saved on the BCC FAQ webpage after the session for your review.  


2023 BCC Microgrant Application Workshop Zoom Meeting


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Filmmaker, Building for Equity Program Manager, 4Culture

Maya Santos is a Documentary Filmmaker and Screenwriter specializing in place-based stories. Graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture from Washington State University in 1999, Maya found her way to filmmaking through her passion for multimedia with isangmahal arts kollective, a Seattle-based interdisciplinary arts group. Founder/Creative Director of Form follows Function, a place-based media studio in Los Angeles from 2011-2020 and Adjunct Professor/Guest Lecturer at California State University Los Angeles, Television Film & Media Studies, Maya returned to her hometown during the pandemic and now serves as Program Manager of the Building for Equity Program at 4Culture. Visit for more. 

Tifa Tomb, Filmmaker


Filmmaker, Snr Media Producer of Storytelling, University of Washington

Tifa Tomb’s work as a director for Retch won Best film at the Seattle Black Film Festival (2020), and her short film Creak! (2021) was selected for the Seattle Children’s Film Festival. She works as a Sr. Media Producer of Storytelling at the University of Washington, freelance produces narrative work, and edits feature length and short narrative and non-fiction work.  After spending the last few years transitioning from an educational career into filmmaking, Tifa now pursues projects exploring themes of home, and the deconstruction of linear time. In 2022 she was thrilled to work as the director/producer of the docuseries: Seattle Black Arts Legacies for

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

  • Awardee announcements: Monday March 27th, 2023.

Check Out our FAQ page for more info and good luck!

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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