Looking for film funding? Don't miss out on Open Call, which provides finishing funds for single non-fiction or animation public television programs on any subject and from any viewpoint. Projects must have begun production as evidenced by a work-in-progress video.
The deadline for Open Call funding is Friday, January 15, 2010
. Due dates are not postmark deadlines and all materials must arrive at ITVS by 5:00 PM.
Find more information about guidelines and how to apply >>
Have additional questions about Open Call? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 415-356-8383 x284.
Looking for advice on how to write a treatment? Click on the "continue reading" button below to get some insider tips.
ITVS Senior Programming Manager Richard Saiz recently gave a teleseminar in collaboration with DocuMentors
on how to make an ITVS proposal more competitive.
Listen to the audio recording >>
Beyond the Box blog and the ITVS
website are also great resources for application tips. Check out the articles below and learn how you can stick out among the applicants:
Ask Programming: Seven Criteria for Your Film Proposal
ITVS fields well over 1,000 applications for program funding. In reviewing a documentary proposal, there are seven criteria that ITVS and its peer reviewers consider in their evaluations.
Learn the seven tips >>
Inside the Minds of the Open Call Panelists
ITVS’s Open Call panel is made up of peers in the independent film and public media community. We recently asked them to answer the question, “What do you look for in a successful documentary proposal?”
Get insight into the review and decision-making process >>
Writing a Better ITVS Treatment
In the treatment section of the ITVS proposal, you'll need to communicate your passion and explain how you envision translating your story from page to screen –– taking into account structure, theme, style, format, voice, and point-of-view. What do these words really mean?
Read suggestions from the programming staff on how to write an effective treatment >>