LINCS is now digital! Please follow the instructions carefully. Contact Karolyn Wong at karolyn_wong@itvs.org if you have any questions.

LINCS accepts projects year-round. All proposals must be accompanied by a work-in-progress video of the proposed program.

Required materials for LINCS application

1. Signed application cover sheet

2. Program description

3. Résumés and list of Key Production personnel

4. Budget summary form(s)

5. Previously completed work and Work-in-Progress description

6. Station Letter of Support

7. Work-in-progress sample

Email your completed application materials to lincs@itvs.org. Use only 12-point font size for all documents. Applications submitted in smaller font size will not be accepted. The subject line must read as follows: LINCS_Name of Project_Last Name, First Name.

Please upload each document as indicated in list above as a SEPARATE PDF, Word, or scanned document. The documents should follow this naming convention: Name of Document_Name of Project_Last Name, First Name.

If you have any questions related to the application process please contact Karolyn Wong at karolyn_wong@itvs.org.

Part 1: Cover sheet

First you must fill out and submit the online cover sheet. Here is a list of all the information you will need to complete your cover sheet. Some basic budgetary information will be entered here, but note that you may be asked for a full line-item budget after initial review.

Once your application has been submitted, you will then be taken to a confirmation page with a confirmation number at the top. Print this confirmation page and sign it. Your Co-Applicant (as applicable) and Designated Station Contact must also sign the cover page. Electronic signature is acceptable.

Once you have all the required signatures, please scan the signed cover sheet along with the other required application materials, to lincs@itvs.org.

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Part 2: Short Program description (up to three pages)

Please include the following information:

  • A synopsis of the program
  • A short treatment for the program that includes the structure, theme, style, format, voice, and point of view
  • Describe the target audience for your program: What is its importance to a local or regional audience, and why would it be compelling to a broad national audience?
  • What is the current production status of the project?

If your project is a transmedia project, please use up to two additional pages to include the following information:

  • Describe the interactive and non-broadcast elements. How do these elements work in relation to the broadcast component and how do they help you reach new audiences.
  • Describe the technology partners you have in place, or are looking to partner with, and their background in producing high quality interactive experiences.

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Part 3: Résumé and Key Production personnel

All Applicants, and Co-applicants, must submit a résumé (including filmography as applicable). No summaries or blurbs will be accepted in lieu of a full résumé. For key production personnel (additional directors or producers, advisors, editor, cinematographer/videographer, etc.), include name, position, and short bio only.

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Part 4: Budget summary forms

Download and complete the Budget Summary form(s). Save as a PDF or print and scan along with the other required electronic application materials. Only submit the Transmedia Budget Summary form if you have a transmedia component to your project.

Budgets and development processes for interactive elements vary greatly depending on the project. However, the budget summary outlines the basic cost areas for most software and technology development processes. We recommend that filmmakers consult with an experienced technology producer before submitting a budget summary.

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Part 5: Previously completed work and work-in-progress description (one page)

  • Describe the relevance of the previously completed work to the proposed program and the applicant’s role,
    as credited.
  • Indicate if the work-in-progress is a rough cut, trailer, scene selects, etc. Specify the length of the
    work-in-progress.

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Part 6: Letter of Support

As part of the application, the station must prepare a letter of support for the project. The letter should describe why the station is a good partner for the project. It should also outline the station’s commitment to production and presentation support. Note that a formal Station Producer agreement will be required for LINCS funding. Electronic signature is acceptable. Before composing a letter of support, please read Building a LINCS Partnership.

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Part 7: Work-in-Progress

  • All proposals must be accompanied by a work-in-progress of the proposed program of at least ten minutes in length. A downloadable link (i.e. Vimeo) with your application e-mail is preferred, but if this is not possible then you may send your work-in-progress via DVD. The work-in-progress can be a full rough cut, a trailer, scene selects, etc.

If you choose to send your video materials via DVD format, please send them to the address below. Please indicate in your application e-mail that you have sent your video materials in the mail. Only video materials can be sent via mail, all other materials must be sent electronically to lincs@itvs.org. Thank you for your cooperation.

ITVS LINCS
651 Brannan Street, Suite 410
San Francisco CA 94107

Please note: Applicants are no longer required to submit a sample of a Previously Completed Work at Internal Review, but must be able to produce a copy upon request from ITVS. Upon such request, applicants may submit a previously completed work in any genre and of any length, but must have held a primary production role: director, producer, co-director or co-producer.

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Assembling your application package

Email your completed application materials to lincs@itvs.org. The subject line must read as follows: LINCS_Name of Project_Last Name, First Name

Please upload each document as a SEPARATE PDF, Word, or scanned document. The documents should follow this naming convention: Name of Document_Last Name,First Name_Name of Project.

If you have any questions related to the application process please contact Karolyn Wong at karolyn_wong@itvs.org.

  1. Required materials to send electronically:

    • Part 1: Signed cover sheet (Print and scan or save as PDF. Electronic signature is acceptable.)
    • Part 2: Program description (up to three pages)
    • Part 3: Résumés and list of Production personnel (up to three pages per résumé)
    • Part 4: Budget summary form (Save as PDF)
    • Part 5: Work-in-Progress description (one page)
    • Part 6: Signed Letter of Support, which must be signed by both applicants (if applicable) and station partner. (Print and scan or save as PDF. Electronic signature is acceptable.)
  2. Video Materials

    • Part 7: A work-in-progress of the proposed project (Downloadable link preferred, i.e. through Vimeo. Link must be valid for at least 4 months. If downloadable link is not possible, you may send a DVD.)

If you choose to send your video materials via DVD format, please send them to the address below. Only video materials can be sent via mail, all other materials must be sent electronically to lincs@itvs.org. Please indicate in the e-mail that you have sent your video materials in the mail. Thank you.

ITVS LINCS
651 Brannan Street, Suite 410
San Francisco CA 94107