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.
“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” says 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.