Congratulations to the ITVS Independent Summit participants. We are thrilled to announce the visionary filmmakers who will be attending this summer's ITVS Independents Summit.
Eliyannah Amirah Yisrael
This summer’s ITVS Independent Summit will be a week-long gathering for filmmakers and industry leaders to explore the opportunities and roadblocks that shape the contemporary documentary industry. We will come together to reimagine what sustainable filmmaking could look like, and what role public media can play in supporting filmmakers from ideation to distribution. ITVS staff and industry experts will lead discussions and workshops that examine some of the major questions and challenges in documentary filmmaking. Nanfu Wang, director of the ITVS-funded and Sundance-winning One Child Nation, will discuss her experience working on international films, especially while navigating a government that is hostile to political dissent. Simon Kilmurry, Emmy Award-winning executive director of the International Documentary Association (IDA), will discuss how—and to what degree—filmmakers should consider their audience.
And, of course, there’ll be time for us to gab—and also gripe—about documentary filmmaking. How do you strategically time your submission of a rough cut to a pitch panel or festival? How do you show footage to subjects that present them unfavorably without alienating them as collaborators? With an inclusive group of participants from different corners of the film industry, we’ll pool our knowledge and consider ways to support each other in our ongoing projects (check out the agenda here or download it from this page).
From our blog
August 5, 2019
The cheerleaders of the National Football League sweat through grueling drills, invest time, and money to stay in top physical condition, and revolve their lives around their sport. Yet most of them earn less than minimum wage. Shining a light on this astounding inequity, A Woman’s Work tells the story of a handful of cheerleaders who decide that they and…
July 26, 2019
Midnight Traveler was shot entirely on three cell phones out of sheer necessity. An autoethnographic film about a family in flight, the three-year journey follows filmmakers Hassan Fazili, Fatima Hussaini, and their two girls Zahra and Nargis fleeing Afghanistan, attempting to seek asylum in Germany because of a death bounty on Hassan. Due to its…
July 22, 2019
We just wrapped the ITVS Independents Summer Summit, a week-long gathering for filmmakers and industry leaders to explore the opportunities and roadblocks that shape the contemporary documentary industry.We kicked off the Summit at Alamo Drafthouse with a preview screening of films from our most recent Open Call, and we ended the week at SPiN, where we…