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
November 1, 2017
From New York City streets to the back roads of rural America, capturing a story sometimes involves embarking on a journey that can take you thousands of miles from home, meeting people along the way and perhaps discovering an America that most people don’t see. ITVS-funded filmmaker Bernardo Ruiz set himself to tell the story of those people who bring wine…
October 25, 2017
A beautiful film is the the desired outcome of all filmmakers, but indie documentary storytellers are presented with unique obstacles that could derail their vision. Perseverance here is key. Whether your film takes two years or 12, if you are green or seasoned, persisting through those struggles takes faith and a certain kind of bold…
October 11, 2017
Fearless documentary filmmaking is about trust: trust in yourself, your crew, your vision. But trust goes both ways. Unlike narrative filmmaking where contracts might stipulate the ground rules of interacting with your talent, bold storytellers of nonfiction need to go one step further and build trust with their participants. The question becomes:…