Ask Programming: Recent Questions from Filmmakers

Posted on August 24, 2009

ITVS programming staff answer questions from filmmakers about the funding process: 

Q. I understand that only people of color can apply to the Diversity Development Fund (DDF). As a disabled filmmaker, I wonder why aren't other minority status categories included in this initiative? 
A. DDF is specifically for producers of color, as defined by ethnic communities of color, historically underrepresented in our public broadcasting system. They are African American, Asian American, Arab American, Latino/Latina, Native American/Native Alaskan, Pacific Islander and mixed race. Moreover, these categories conform with the National Minority Consortia, which is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. 

Q. I have a project in development, but I’m not sure if it’s appropriate for DDF. Is it strictly for stories about diverse or minority communities? 
A. DDF was created to support minority producers but does not specify which stories they tell. However, we are looking for programs that fit the ITVS mission to serve underserved audiences, take creative risks, explore complex issues, inspire dialogue and express points of view seldom seen on commercial or public television. 

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