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 22, 2019
Today we are excited to announce that Hale County This Morning, This Evening and ITVS Open Call-funded Minding the Gap have been nominated for Best Documentary Feature for the 91st Oscars. The Oscars will be presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on February 24th. Minding the Gap, directed by first-time filmmaker Bing Liu, and Hale…
January 17, 2019
Going home can be challenging in many circumstances, but returning home to capture a nearby community in turmoil can add a whole new layer of complexity. Rita Baghdadi and Jeremiah Hammerling, directors of ITVS Open Call funded My Country No More, described those challenges and share some insight into capturing the rural community of Trenton, North…
December 11, 2018
It is with sadness that we say goodbye to filmmaker and educator Bill Siegel. Bill first became a part of the ITVS family with his award-winning film The Weather Underground, which he co-directed with Sam Green. It tells the story of former University of Chicago students who showed their outrage at the Vietnam War and racism in America by waging a low-level…