Producers Fellowship

Wavelength Productions and The Black TV & Film Collective have partnered to present a collection of narrative films inspired by the Black experience of education in America.

Through the Black TV & Film Collective Producers Fellowship, we will award six Black producers with a $25K production grant, in kind production support and critical career mentorship.

The application period for 2021 has ended.

New application window opening again in Fall of 2021.

This Year’s Prompt Is Inspired by Education

So much of who we are as a society is shaped by the education we received as individuals. It’s no secret that the experience of education in America is vastly different for Black students and their families. We seek scripts inspired by this truth.

Many of us have gone through twelve years of the public school system, while others perhaps attended religious, private or prep educational institutions and beyond. Some of us now watch our children, nieces, and nephews whose experiences today are vastly more complex than those we experienced, even a few short years ago. In the face of the systemic racism embedded within the system, what hasn’t changed is our resilience, fearlessness and creativity.

In each submission, we encourage a narrative story filled with authenticity, creativity, unique vision, and bold storytelling. We seek to be entertained, inspired and informed.

About the Fellowship

Each awardee will be actively supported as a Black TV & Film Collective Producing Fellow. Through the fellowships, they will advance their projects through the critical development, prep, production, post and delivery phases.

Along the way, you’ll participate in roundtables with industry leaders, including producers, financiers, distributors and festival programmers, as they offer learnings, access and mentorship to level up in your career and better prepare yourself, not only for this opportunity, but also your next.  Learning sessions will cover topics including leadership, emotional intelligence, team building, financing strategy and more.

The fellowship is a critical professional development and mentorship component for Black producers seeking long term financial sustainability. This level of support is routinely not concentrated on Black producers and we are happy to be a part of changing that dynamic.


– The fellowship is open to Black producers throughout the U.S., however pre-production and production must take place in NYC.

– Producing teams are also welcome to apply

– Applicant must have at least three producing credits (from associate to producer including shorts, web series…etc)

– Producers may NOT be the director of the project, however producers may be the writer of the project

– Ability to attend mandatory bi-weekly virtual fellowship meetings from January through May

– Commitment to complete and deliver the short films by September 2021

– Current BTFC membership at the Advanced Support level or commitment to join the BTFC if selected

Application Components

Script: A well written narrative short film script inspired by the Black experience of education in America (up to 10 pages). Be creative.

Bios & Resume: For both producer and director

Artistic Statement

– Work Samples: For both producer (2 samples, up to 10 mins each) and director (1 sample, up to 10 mins)

Tell us more:

– How did you become involved with this project? What goals do you have for this project? Limit 300 words

– What has drawn you to producing? What goals do you have for your career? Limit 300 words

– Why would this program be especially beneficial and impactful given where your career stands now? Limit 300 words

Submission Fee: $25 for BTFC Advanced Support Members. $50 for all others.

Release Forms: For applicant and writer (if writer is different from applicant). If applicant is writer of project, only applicant release form should be submitted. If applicant is not writer, or if applicant has so-writer, both forms must be submitted. Applications lacking the proper release signatures will not be considered.

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