ITVS programming staff answer questions from filmmakers about the funding process:
Q. My film has already screened in festivals but needs additional post work to meet the requirements for television broadcast distribution. Should I apply to ITVS for funding?
A. It would not be in your best interest to apply to ITVS if your program simply needs funding for a cut down to broadcast length. ITVS financing is a co-production investment, and ITVS serves a co-production partner with funded programs, requiring a co-production credit. We recommend that you secure a broadcast outlet for your program; the acquisition license fee is often sufficient to finance a cut down. On the other hand, if your program requires substantial reversioning for television broadcast, then you must make a clear case for this in your application proposal. Contact a member of the programming staff (information listed below) for further advice on your situation.
Q. Can I send you a few proposals to get your opinion on which one to submit for funding?
A. First, take a look at our recently funded films to get a sense of the type of work ITVS supports. While we can not review proposals before the deadlines, you are welcome to contact the programming department with questions regarding content and subject matter. For more information, email Joy Marie-Scott: email@example.com or call ITVS at 415-356-8383.
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