In its 25th year, ITVS is committed to open access, transparency, and diversity. In that spirit, ITVS is proud to release filmmaker statistics from our first round of Open Call funding in 2016. Over 300 filmmakers applied for ITVS’ Open Call; 48 percent were women and 40 percent were filmmakers of color. First-time applicants made up 42 percent of funded filmmakers, demonstrating our unique position of bringing new and diverse voices to the American public.
ITVS funds programs from all points of view that bring new audiences to public television and expand civic participation by delivering diverse voices into the public sphere. ITVS begins its next round of open call for funding in July of 2016. We look forward to finding new and compelling stories to share with our viewers.
From our blog
National Issues, Local Impact: How Indie Lens Pop-Up, Filmmakers, and PBS Stations Gather CommunitiesOctober 17, 2018
Fueling films that spark conversations, and connecting with local audiences, is at the heart of our mission to bring impactful independent documentaries to public media. Indie Lens Pop-Up is the tool in which ITVS filmmakers, PBS member stations, and other local partners connect and engage with their communities. These events translate your film’s…
October 1, 2018
In a room filled with independent filmmakers and journalists, the 2018 News and Documentary Emmy Awards ceremony was a night to remember. ITVS received three Emmy awards: Forever Pure (Independent Lens) for Outstanding Politics and Government Documentary; Abacus (FRONTLINE) for Outstanding Business and Economic Documentary; and…
September 26, 2018
What does the volatile media landscape mean for documentary film and public media?If it seems like we’ve all been asking this question over and over, it’s because the water doesn’t look like it's settling any time soon. Big players conduct capricious spending sprees. Digital advertising climbs over the $100 billion mark. The creative and consumer tastes…