ITVS programming staff answer questions from filmmakers about the funding process:
Q. I am putting together an application for LINCS. What makes a strong Letter of Agreement?
A. The Letter of Agreement is more than a simple contract between the filmmaker and the public television station. ITVS reviewers read an applicant’s Letter of Agreement as a reflection of the strength of your partnership with the public television station. The terms of this partnership are unique and vary for each production. However, the depth of commitment can be demonstrated in how well you lay out and articulate the obligations of the public television station and the role of the public television representative as well as the obligations of the filmmakers. Similar to your development and articulation of your program treatment, the Letter of Agreement should be one of substance.
Q. Does it help my application if I include letters of support from funders or letters of interest from broadcasters?
A. No, do not waste your efforts in padding your application with letters of interest and support––these do not improve the quality of your application under ITVS review. From our point of view, the development of your idea and the overall quality of your project is apparent in the articulation of your program treatment and the execution of your work-in-progress. For the application, letters of interest and support are extraneous. If you like, you can provide a brief summary (one to two sentences) of your supporters in a paragraph describing the project’s status. There is only one exception. If you are applying to LINCS, a Letter of Agreement with your partnering public television station is a mandatory part of your application.
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