ITVS Thanks Our Media Partners
Our partners stand behind the mission of independent filmmakers and their legacy of public service. Learn more about our partners and their commitment to diverse stories that matter.
The Bay Area Video Coalition, or BAVC (pronounced “bay-vac”), is a nonprofit media arts center that was founded in 1976 by a coalition of media makers and activists who wanted to find alternative, civic-minded applications for a new technology — PortaPak video. Their continuing mission is to inspire social change by enabling the sharing of diverse stories through art, education, and technology.
Founded by documentarian St. Clair Bourne, the Black Documentary Collective (BDC) provides filmmakers, video producers, and media professionals of African descent with the opportunity to network and promote each others’ work.
The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. We do this by funding, producing, distributing, and exhibiting works in film, television, and digital media.
The Economist Film Project is an initiative byThe Economist magazine, in partnership with PBS NewsHour, to share the work of independent, international documentary filmmakers with global audiences who are curious about the world we live in. We are currently inviting the submission of documentary films for inclusion in the project, and invite everyone to explore the documentaries we have chosen so far.
The Engage Media Project is a resource portal and professional service for filmmakers and other media producers, activists, educators, outreach and engagement coordinators, interested in using media as a tool for social change. We share information and provide consulting services to producers to help them create powerful engagement campaigns and robust multiplatform content around their work. Most of all, we are a community — a place to network, share, and be inspired.
Fandor is the online movie service for people who love independent films. Watch award-winning titles, festival favorites, and international gems you can’t find anywhere else. Get essential films, instantly.
Festival of Films is an innovative portal featuring intelligent and emotionally charged films for passionate movie buffs. Movies are chosen to accommodate innovative independent filmmakers, as well as audiences who crave high quality independent content.
First Run Features was founded in 1979 by a group of filmmakers to advance the distribution of independent film, and has quickly gained a reputation for its controversial catalog of daring independent fiction and non-fiction films. First Run remains one of the largest independent theatrical and home video distributors in the United States, releasing around 12 films a year in theaters nationwide and about 40 DVDs annually. In addition, First Run has an educational/non-theatrical division, and it also licenses its titles to television and cable outlets and through internet platforms.
Free Press is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to reform the media. Through education, organizing, and advocacy, we promote diverse and independent media ownership, strong public media, quality journalism, and universal access to communications. Free Press believes that media reform is crucial not just for creating better news and entertainment, but to advancing every issue you care about. A vibrant, diverse, and independent media is the cornerstone of a healthy democracy.
Since 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television's flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its debut on PBS as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature over 29 seasons is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience. Credible, thoughtful reporting combined with powerful narrative, a good story well told: That is at the heart of FRONTLINE's commitment to its viewers.
Founded in 1966 to produce documentaries that examine and critique society through the stories of real people, Kartemquin Films serves as a home for independent media makers who seek to create social change through film. A revered resource within the film community on issues of fair use, ethics, story structure and civic discourse, Kartemquin is internationally recognized for crafting quality documentaries backed by effective audience engagement strategies, and for its innovative media arts community programs. Kartemquin is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.
Link Media uses media and the power of stories to engage, inform, and inspire its audiences to participate in transformational, sustainable change on issues of global importance. Founded in 1999, Link Media operates the Link TV national network and the websites LinkTV.org and ViewChange.org. An independent and non-commercial media company, Link Media acquires, produces, and delivers global news, documentaries, and cultural programming over three distribution channels: broadcast, web, and handheld devices. Link Media presents diverse perspectives on critical global issues that are underserved by conventional media, and gives voice to points of view that would otherwise go unheard.
Latino Public Broadcasting is a nonprofit organization created in 1998 and funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. LPB’s mission is to support the development, production, acquisition, and distribution of non-commercial television that is representative of Latino people, or addresses issues of interest to Latino Americans. LPB has provided more than 120 hours of programming to PBS and awarded more than $5 million to independent producers through its funding initiatives. LPB has also organized more than 100 workshops to support the professional development of Latino producers. In 2006, LPB launched VOCES, the first series showcasing the best of Latino culture on public television.
Mother Jones is an award-winning, independent source for investigative reporting and breaking news. The nonprofit magazine is known for its smart, fearless journalism on politics, the environment, human rights, culture, and more. Mother Jones' focus on truth-telling, in-depth reporting has won it six National Magazine Awards and the Online News Association's award for topical reporting.
NAMAC fosters and fortifies the culture and business of independent media arts. Through dialogue, collaboration, research and advocacy, we connect, organize and develop organizations. NAMAC was founded in 1980 by an eclectic group of media-arts-organization leaders who realized they could strengthen their social and cultural impact by working as a united force. Their idea was as bold as it was simple: to create a national organization that would provide support services to its institutional members, and advocate for the field as a whole. Since its founding, NAMAC has worked to raise the profile and influence of the media arts on behalf of its growing and changing membership.
The National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) was founded in 1979 and is dedicated to developing black digital authorship and distributing unique stories of the black experience in the new media age. Since 1991 NBPC has invested more than $7 million in iconic documentary productions for public television; trained, mentored, and supported a diverse array of producers who create content about contemporary black experiences; and emerged as a leader in the evolving next-media landscape. NBPC distributes engaging content online at BlackPublicMedia.org, and via broadcast through its AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange documentary series; and facilitates the community engagement project Public Media Corps (PMC).
The National Center for Media Engagement (NCME) is the trusted resource for community engagement for public media. We provide the resources, networks and stories that enable public media to discover, understand and address community needs and aspirations. NCME is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and is affiliated with the University of Wisconsin-Extension.
Native American Public Telecommunications, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) which receives major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, shares Native stories with the world through support of the creation, promotion, and distribution of Native media. Founded in 1977, through various media — public television, public radio, and the Internet—NAPT brings awareness of Indian and Alaska Native issues. NAPT operates AIROS Audio, offering 24/7 downloadable podcasts with Native filmmakers, musicians, and tribal leaders. VisionMaker is the premiere source for quality Native American educational and home videos. All aspects of our programs encourage the involvement of young people to learn more about careers in the media — to be the next generation of storytellers. NAPT is located at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. NAPT offers student employment, internships, and fellowships.
New Day Films is a filmmaker-run distribution company providing award-winning films to educators since 1971. Collectively, New Day titles have won an Academy Award, nine Academy Award nominations, four Emmys, and hundreds of awards at film festivals. Our films have also been broadcast on PBS, HBO, and other media outlets. Democratically run by more than 100 filmmaker members, New Day delivers more than 230 titles that illuminate, challenge, and inspire.
The mission of Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) is to support, advance, and develop Pacific Island media content and talent that results in a deeper understanding of Pacific Island history, culture, and contemporary challenges. In keeping with the mission, PIC helps Pacific Islander stories reach national audiences through funding support for productions, training and education, broadcast services, and community outreach.
POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14 to 16 of the best, boldest, and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented more than 300 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling, and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.
Telegraph21 (t21) is an innovative curatorial project and video magazine dedicated to documentaries and art videos from around the world. Our goal is to provide a unique space for media producers and film festivals to promote their work and interact with viewers online and offline. Our interactive video platform includes short 3-9 minute lifts from selected films, exclusive interviews with filmmakers, screening information, photos, message boards, e-postcards, and blog coverage. Telegraph21 has partnerships with top media institutions including ITVS/PBS, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, VII Photo Agency, Big Screen Plaza, Pragda and Women Make Movies.
WatchDocumentary.com is a website where you can watch documentaries for free. We have more than 4,500 documentaries on a variety of themes including 9/11, arts, drugs, environment, health, history, nature, religion, technology, and more.
WORLD is an evolving public television and web destination for the X, Y, and Z generations, highlighting the best of public media's documentary and news programming and bringing diverse voices and stories into the public media mix. See what we're airing when and where; meet some of our current bloggers; and explore some our collections of web-exclusive video and audio by choosing from our “themes.” We’re always evolving, and always looking to include new voices in our video and audio collections and blog.