In 1966, a sniper opened fire from atop a tower at the University of Texas. This is the story of America's first mass school shooting.
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Open Call provides documentary funding and co-production support so you can complete your nonfiction work in progress, then air it on public television.Find out more
Reopens January 7, 2019 9:00 AM PST
Diversity Development Fund
DDF gives producers of color up to $25,000 in research and development funding so you can develop your documentary for air on public television. Pre-production nonfiction projects only.Find out more
The deadline for this round was September 14, 2018 11:59 PM PDT
Digital Open Call
Digital Open Call offers research and development funding for you to pilot a story on public media digital platforms. Pre-production nonfiction projects only.Find out more
Reopens March 11, 2019 9:00 AM PDT
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National Issues, Local Impact: How Indie Lens Pop-Up, Filmmakers, and PBS Stations Gather CommunitiesOctober 17, 2018
Fueling films that spark conversations, and connecting with local audiences, is at the heart of our mission to bring impactful independent documentaries to public media. Indie Lens Pop-Up is the tool in which ITVS filmmakers, PBS member stations, and other local partners connect and engage with their communities. These events translate your film’s…
News October 1, 2018
In a room filled with independent filmmakers and journalists, the 2018 News and Documentary Emmy Awards ceremony was a night to remember. ITVS received three Emmy awards: Forever Pure (Independent Lens) for Outstanding Politics and Government Documentary; Abacus (FRONTLINE) for Outstanding Business and Economic Documentary; and…
PBS’s most-watched showcase of independent documentaries – and ITVS films