Last week, the Administration released its proposed federal budget for FY 2018 which would eliminate funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a core funder of ITVS.
As the Legislative branch’s budget process unfolds over the next few months, ITVS, alongside other organizations, will continue to underscore the importance of federal funds for our nation’s public media system and the value of independently produced programming on our public airwaves.
ITVS serves and supports the mission of public broadcasting. Public funding is part of the public-private partnership that ensures a sustainable ecosystem where diverse voices can be heard. Every federal dollar ITVS invests in independent film production leverages three in non-public funds. We are committed to delivering high-quality programming across the country to the American public.
You can read the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s statement on the Administration’s proposal eliminating funding for public media here and a statement from PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger here.
If you would like to follow updates on public media’s funding or support your local public media community, visit Protect My Public Media. Protect My Public Media is a collaboration among public radio and television stations, national distributors, producers, viewers, listeners, and others who support the mission of public media in the United States.
From our blog
July 11, 2018
Illuminating the human condition: it’s a theme that pervades some of the most effective documentaries. Getting there has multiple paths and as a filmmaker, you have baggage you bring. For The Judge, filmmaker Erika Cohn was a complete outsider in her story and had to build trust with strangers. Bing Liu, on the other hand, mined his own community…
June 27, 2018
Following the story of a group of Muslim morticians in Newark, NJ, the brother filmmaking team Zeshawn and Aman Ali learned invaluable lessons regarding death, faith, and community. Their ITVS Open Call funded Two Gods allowed them intimate access alongside their participants Furquan and Nas, giving the Ali brothers a space to work together and focus…
May 9, 2018
Councilwoman follows the story of Carmen, a hotel housekeeper and mother from the Dominican Republic striving to advocate for low-income workers from the margins to Providence, Rhode Island city politics. Her journey encourages us all to reflect on who should be responsible for the decision-making in our communities. Margo Guernsey, director of…