Black Web Fest Awards over $20,000 to Black Creatorsby September 2, 2022
Program teaches underserved creators how to monetize their work online
In April, Black Web Fest, a non-profit organization highlighting Black creators, launched the Black Web Fest x Web Monetization program to educate creators about web monetization. Through the program, the organization is providing several independent Black filmmakers unrestricted grant funding and marketing support.
According to an article by the Americans for the Arts, The Impact of Covid-19 on Internationally Marginalized Artists and Creative Workers, BIPOC creators are less likely to monetize their work online. “We created this program out of necessity. As venues, businesses, and in-person events shuttered during the pandemic; many Black creators struggled economically. Due to the digital divide, some artists did not have access to technology, the internet, or the skills to transition from traditional methods. Through this program, we provided over 40 Black filmmakers the tools to monetize their work online” said Victoria Coker, Founder of Black Web Fest.
This year marks Black Web Fest’s sixth annual festival, which will be held from September 30 to October 1. The event will also feature films and series from the web monetization program. To learn more about Black Web Fest 2022, visit: https://blackwebfest.org/bwf-2022
Here is the list of Black Web Fest x Web Monetization program grantees:
- Shoutout 2 My Therapist, Stefanie Philpott
- SEX, VLOGS, AND KIDNAPPINGS, Kyla Sylvers
- QuaranDream!, Jeffrey Elizabeth Copeland
- Marooned, Christopher Lamadieu
- Hide & Seek, Ajoké Adebesin
- LOOP, Ivan Mbakop
- VICTUS, Yolanda Ross
- Church: A Film by Mac Infinity, BDe’Auan (de-on) McClaine
- Boxed, Wanjiru Njendu
- One Hundred Days and Thinking, Conrad Khalil
- REAL MEN DON’T…: An exploration of modern manhood and masculinity., Elton Loud
- Why I Turf”, formally “Turfin, Latiece Brown
A grant from the Interledger Foundation funded the Black Web Fest x Web Monetization program. The Interledger Foundation is a non-profit advocate for the web, promoting innovation, creativity, and inclusion by advancing open payment standards and technologies that seamlessly connect the global society.
About Black Web Fest
The Black Web Fest is an organization that helps Black creators build sustainable careers by providing accessible programs and services. Their core themes are new media and technology. Black Web Fest hosts events, including film screenings, panels, game jams, and more. The organization previously held events in New York, Atlanta, and London. blackwebfest.org.