Tips & Tools for Open Call Applications

Posted on December 20, 2013

In response to the growing demand for submission resources, the ITVS Programming Department hosted two informational webinars for filmmakers submitting for Open Call funding.btb_CST_jim 

Throughout the year, hopeful applicants have a tendency to bombard the ITVS Programming Department with questions regarding their submissions to various funding initiatives. This year, Programming Manager N’Jeri Eaton hosted two webinars offering insight on the process and firsthand advice for filmmakers for their treatments and work samples. The first webinar was devoted to the art of treatment writing, where Eaton was joined by ITVS-funded filmmakers Christine Turner (Homegoings) and Llew Smith (Denial: An American Dilemma).  The filmmakers shared excerpts from their treatments and answered questions from the webinar participants.  You can watch the full webinar below:

Next, ITVS hosted an OVEE screening featuring three 10-minute work samples that had been recently funded by ITVS: Samantha Grant's A Fragile Trust, Juli Vizza's Nine to Ninety, and Jamie Meltzer's Freedom Fighters.  Due to clearance rights issues, we are unable to post the work samples, but you can read a transcript of the informative chat here. And, as an extra bonus, we have a revised edition of our guide to Writing an ITVS Treatment. 

If you enjoyed the transcript, be sure to check out our previous blog posts on creating work samples: 

What Makes a Good Work-in-Progress? Part 1: Early Production

What Makes a Good Work-in-Progress? Part 2: The Veteran Filmmaker

What Makes a Good Work-in-Progress? Part 3: Late Production

While ITVS is unable to send treatment or work-in-progress samples, we hope that you will find these resources helpful as you are putting together your application.

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