Over the past month, ITVS’s Programming Department hosted a number of informative webinars in order to arm filmmakers with the information needed to successfully apply for Open Call funding. With Friday’s deadline fast approaching, we wanted to offer this brief overview of each of the events, which covered everything from writing the ITVS treatment to what makes a successful work-in-progress sample. Check it out and be sure to apply to Open Call by Friday, August 8, 2014.
On July 10, 2014, Programming Manager N’Jeri Eaton hosted the “Writing the ITVS Treatment” webinar:
On July 24, 2014, an OVEE screening was held to review work-in-progress samples and to discuss the process with filmmakers who were successful with their submissions. To find out what makes a good work sample, read the transcript from the “Work-in-Progresses That Work” webinar here.
On Thursday, July 24, 2014, ITVS programming staff Jen Gilomen and Jorge Trelles hosted a budgeting webinar for Open Call. Watch the archived webinar below and be sure to check out our recap of the event, which includes the ITVS Production Budget Template (download here in Excel formats: .xlsx or .xls).
Get your questions answered by visiting January’s archived Open Call live chat.
With all the changes that have been made to the Open Call application process, ITVS highly encourages filmmakers to read the submission guidelines carefully and to utilize the many resources that are available. Good luck!
For more details about the Open Call initiative or ITVS funding in general, please go to the updated funding pages on our website. And stay tuned to our blog, Twitter and Facebook!
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