ITVS funds, distributes and promotes new programs produced by independent producers primarily for public television and beyond. Aaron Schock produced and directed CIRCO, which looks at the hardscrabble Ponce family circus in Mexico who are struggling to preserve their art and way of life against a collapsing rural economy. Schock received ITVS’s Open Call funding and in the clip below discusses what food inspires his work and how documentary can serve as a tool to break down barriers and create a greater understanding of other people and cultures.
Interested in applying for Open Call? ITVS is looking for single public television programs on any subject, viewpoint or style. We fund programs that bring new audiences to public television and expand civic participation by bringing diverse voices into the public sphere. This year’s deadline is July 31, 2009.
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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…