The process for applying to Open Call has changed.

The Open Call application is closed. All materials must be submitted digitally via our online application system by 4:00pm PDT on Friday, August 5, 2016. The system allows you to save a draft and return to your application as often as you like before the deadline. After submitting, and before deadline, your application is available for further editing only by special request. We advise allowing ample time for video file uploads and submission, as Internet upload speeds widely vary.

The following is a list of information and materials that you will upload to your application form. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Alexandra Cantin ( for help.

Open Call Application Materials

  1. Program description
  2. Resumes and Crew Bios
  3. Work-in-progress video
  4. Budget summary information

Program description (up to seven pages total, Word or PDF format)

Communicate your program idea with as much detail as possible within seven pages. Your Program Description should contain:

  1. A story summary /synopsis of the program. What is the story and story structure?
  2. A treatment specifying in detail how you will translate your story from page to screen.
  3. Address specifics about your approach and connection to this film including:
    • Why is this topic and program important, timely or relevant?
    • Explain the cultural or social relevance and context for this topic
    • A discussion of themes the program will cover
    • Artistic approach including point of view, format, structure, visual style
  4. Description of the audience for the program including:
    • Are there specific communities (for example, defined by geography, ethnicity, class, or generation) who are the target audience for this program?
    • In what way is this audience not being currently served by public television?
    • How have you addressed the needs and interests of this audience?
    • What is your relationship and access to this community?
  5. Reasons the program is appropriate for public television
  6. Current Status

Production personnel (up to seven pages total, Word or PDF format)

Applicants and Co-applicants must each submit a résumé (including their filmography), up to three pages each. No summaries or blurbs will be accepted in place of a résumé, although a summary bio and filmography is acceptable. For the list of key production personnel only (additional directors or producers, advisors, editor, cinematographer/videographer, etc.), include name, position, and a short bio.

Work-in-progress video (10 to 15 minute sample or full rough cut, video file)

ITVS Open Call now only accepts works-in-progress between 10 to 15 minutes in length, unless you are submitting a full rough cut (80% to 120% of proposed length).

  • Proposals must be accompanied by a work-in-progress video sample of the proposed program, uploaded as a digital file.
  • Rough cuts must be between 80% to 120% of your proposed total running time. Please do not submit assemblies or early edits.
  • The maximum file size is 2GB. H264 video compression with AAC 16-bit audio is recommended for the best balance of quality and compression.
  • We can accept .mov, .mp4, .flv, or .wmv, with Quicktime (.mov) preferred.
  • You will no longer be asked for a updated work-in-progress if your project advances to the panel review.

Budget summary information (entered into online form)

You will be asked to list “Secured” funding (funder’s name, funding amount) as well as a summary of the major production expenses (budget category, dollar amount subtotal for each category) to determine your total funding request to ITVS. (Total expenses - secured income = your request to ITVS; this will be calculated for you in the online form.)

Note that if your project advances to panel/feasibility review, you will be required to submit a full production budget as an Excel file using the ITVS Production Budget template.