Our first year of accepting online submissions has been a great success! Therefore, we have decided to extend the Independent Lens 2013 - 2014 Season Online Submission deadline through Friday March 1, 2013.
Just as a reminder, we are currently seeking submissions of completed or nearly completed programs. Although we have extended the deadline, we strongly urge you to submit as soon as possible. The curating process has already begun and broadcast spots will be assigned as titles are acquired. The competition becomes even more intense later in the submission process since there are less open spots to fill. If you have already submitted your program, then you’re ahead of the game! Independent Lens is a film festival in your living room.
Since 2003, Independent Lens has presented more than 300 films to public television audiences. The Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series is broadcast on the PBS national schedule on Monday nights at 10pm. Independent Lens is the largest showcase for independent documentaries anywhere on U.S. television, premiering 22 new films each season. The series is curated jointly by ITVS and PBS. Independent Lens films are often character driven stories, and are known for compelling storytelling, innovation, and diversity. Independent Lens welcomes individual expression and is committed to presenting diverse points of view, on topics suited for a national audience. When selecting programs, Independent Lens considers a range of factors, including the quality of the filmmaking, the timeliness of the story, and audience appeal. Programs should offer a fresh perspective, especially if the topic has been explored on other PBS series. The deadline is fast approaching, to learn more about eligibility, what we are looking for, and our new online submission form go to www.ilsubmissions.org.
From our blog
January 18, 2018
It's that time of year again to don our puffer coats and snow boots. ITVS will head to Park City, Utah to support ITVS-funded and co-produced films at the storied Sundance Film Festival. We hope to see you at one of the premieres or picking up some festival gear! Don't miss the World Premiere of Bing Lu's Minding the Gap.Bing, a Chinese American 25-year-old,…
January 4, 2018
Seasoned documentarians turn cameras on themselves to share their transracial adoption story in The F Word.
December 6, 2017
From UK to Virginia, ITVS funded filmmakers come from all walks of life, from all parts of the world. The moment when a filmmaker’s journey across oceans and wild plains takes them to a community fighting to continue the traditions of their ancestors is where bold stories are born. How would that experience forever leave its mark on the filmmakers and how…