Open Call is going digital!
Please be sure to read the updated How To Apply page for details.

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 Open Call does not accept live-action drama (fiction) submissions.

ITVS has provided hundreds of programs to American public television. For this highly competitive fund, a program must feature content that matches the ITVS mission and excels in the art of storytelling. See our evaluation criteria.

These programs have been funded by Open Call:

Cats of Mirikitani

When 9/11 threatens 80-year-old Jimmy Mirikitani's life on the streets of New York, the artist begins to confront his painful past and finds hope, humanity, and home.

Farmingville

The shocking hate-based attempted murders of two Mexican day laborers catapult a small Long Island town into national headlines, unmasking a new front line in the border wars: suburbia.

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.

In the Realms of the Unreal

This experimental documentary portrays the work of Henry Darger, a janitor by day and “outsider artist” by night who transcended social isolation and poverty by creating his own world through art.

Let the Church Say Amen

In an impoverished Washington, D.C. neighborhood just blocks from the White House, unemployment, homelessness, and violence are part of everyday life. But for some residents, strength and salvation can be found in a tiny storefront church — a former corner store turned spiritual sanctuary.

The Most Dangerous Man in America

In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg, a leading Vietnam War strategist, concluded that America’s role in the war is based on decades of lies. He leaked 7,000 pages of top-secret documents to The New York Times, a daring act of conscience that led directly to Watergate, President Nixon’s resignation, and the end of the Vietnam War.

New Year Baby

Filmmaker Socheata Poeuv grew up in the United States never knowing that her family had survived the Khmer Rouge genocide. In New Year Baby, she embarks on a journey to Cambodia in search of the truth about her family's past.

Nobody's Business

A documentary about filmmaker Alan Berliner's father yields a funny and revealing portrait of an "ordinary" (and irascible) man.

A Son's Sacrifice

When 27-year-old Imran Uddin struggles to take over his father’s halal slaughterhouse during the annual Qurbani holiday, he leads the local Muslim community in a ritual that tests his devotion to his family and his faith.