ITVS seeks applications for the Open Call funding initiative and the Digital Open Call.
Open Call provides completion funds via a co-production agreement for single documentary public television programs on any subject, and from any viewpoint. Projects must have begun production as evidenced by a work-in-progress video sample. Open Call funding is only available to independent producers who are citizens or legal residents of the U.S. and its external territories.
Open Call accepts single programs of standard broadcast length (half-hour or one-hour). In rare cases, when a filmmaker’s skills, subject, and story structure warrant it, ITVS will consider programs at feature lengths.
The application is open on December 13, 2016,
The deadline for receiving all application materials is February 10, 2017 4pm Pacific time.
ITVS will be hosting webinars regarding preparing an effective application and a Live Chat. Dates are being determined now.
Learn more about ITVS Open Call.
ITVS is also excited to announce its call for entries for the 2017 Digital Open Call.
The fund will support independent filmmakers in developing and piloting original web series for public media's digital platforms, including PBS.org, PBS-branded YouTube channels, and others. ITVS is excited to continue building a pipeline for producers to propose dynamic independent digital series projects for R&D and eventual production.
We seek web series that redefine the form and engage younger and more diverse viewership as we expand ITVS’s mission into the digital sphere, with character driven serialized original storytelling that defies convention and tackles current and controversial issues. Applications for web series in any genre are eligible, whether nonfiction or fiction, and may incorporate interactive or transmedia elements.
The deadline to apply is February 17, 2017, and the online application is now live, where prospective applicants can also learn more about eligibility and submission requirements. Selected applications will contract with ITVS to receive between $10,000 and $30,000 in R&D funding to develop and pilot their web series over the course of a three-month term.
Learn more about ITVS Digital Open Call.
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