The pandemic seriously impacted Black creators. According to data collected by Americans for the Arts, BIPOC artists are more likely to be sharing their work online for free. 

We want to help Black creators discover new ways to monetize their work online. That’s why we’re launching Black Web Fest x Web Monetization, a program that provides training for creators to learn how to use web monetization to access new streams of funding. We’ll be providing free training, two-month free Coil Membership and four creators will be awarded a $5,000 grant. 

One creator selected from each category (i.e., Best Short Film, Best Short Documentary, Best Web Series, and Best Animation) will receive a $5,000 grant ($4,000 to use on their next project + $1,000 to use on marketing their film or series) and support to stream and monetize their content on Cinnamon.Video.

Applications open on April 25th. Submissions will close July 2, 2022. Winners will be announced before or by July 25, 2022, at 11:59 EST.

Join us for one of our info sessions to learn more about the program and ask questions.

Register in advance for one of the following dates:

Friday, April 29th at 6:30 PM EST

Wednesday, May 11th at 6:30 PM EST

Friday, June 3rd at 6:30 PM EST

To receive a free two-month Coil membership, you must attend or watch the video playback of our info session. Miss our info sessions? Video playback will be sent directly to you via email after you submit your film.


  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Legal US and Canadian residents (except Quebec) 18 years or older.
  • The writer or director of the film must be Black or are from the African Diaspora
  • Film or series cannot have streamed on a network or streaming platform (this excludes the following social media platforms YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, or Vimeo).

Other restrictions apply.  No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited.  See official rules at for entry details. Sponsored by Black Web Festival, Inc.