ITVS is looking for single public television programs on any subject, viewpoint or style. We fund programs, from all points of view, that bring new audiences to public television and expand civic participation by bringing diverse voices into the public sphere. Please note that DDF does not accept live-action drama (fiction) submissions.

ITVS has provided hundreds of programs to American public television. For this competitive fund, a program must feature content that matches the ITVS mission and excels in the art of storytelling. See our evaluation criteria. When evaluating projects for DDF, we also assess the viability of the development activities proposed. (Note: DDF does not require a work-in-progress and one is not part of the evaluation)

These programs have been funded by DDF and later received ITVS production funds:

City of Borders

In the heart of Jerusalem, people of all nationalities, religious affiliations, and sexual orientations gather and find peace in an unlikely place: a gay bar.

Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness

Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness examines the life and work of the Jewish anthropologist Melville Herskovits, whose writings challenged prevailing notions of race and culture.

More Than a Month

Shukree Hassan Tilghman, a 29-year-old African American filmmaker, goes on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month.

Na Kamalei: Men of Hula

Follow the journey of legendary teacher Robert Cazimero and the only all-male hula school in Hawaii as they celebrate their 30th anniversary and prepare to compete at the world’s largest hula festival.

Our Disappeared/Nuestros Desaparecidos

They dreamed of a revolution that would transform Argentina. But what happened to this hopeful generation who suddenly “disappeared”?

Project Kashmir

Project Kashmir tests the limits of friendship and costs of war in one of the most dangerous and beautiful places on earth.