You’ve found a story and you’re committed to telling it—no matter what. Let’s do it together.
Open Call provides funding and co-production support so you can complete your nonfiction work in progress, then air it on public television.
- Reopens December 12, 2016 5:00 AM PST
Recent Open Call Projects
Digital Open Call
Digital Open Call offers research and development funding for you to pilot a series on public media platforms. Pre-production projects only.
- Reopens Spring 2017
Recent Digital Open Call Projects
Diversity Development Fund
DDF gives producers of color up to $15,000 in research and development funding so you can develop your documentary for air on public television. Pre-production projects only.
- Reopens Fall 2017
Recent Diversity Development Fund Projects
Series and Special Projects
We commission a limited number of innovative and timely projects for public media, providing development and production funding. Submissions for Series and Special Project funding are by invitation-only. This collection also encompasses films funded through limited special open calls held over the years.
Recent Series and Special Projects
ITVS in the Field
We’d love to meet you! Join the ITVS programming team at an event. We want to hear about your latest projects.
November 21-23, 2016
January 19-24, 2017
Park City, UT
Learn how to submit your film to Independent Lens.
This benchmark analysis provides new insight into how independent radio, television, and online producers intersect relative to the rapidly evolving landscape of public media of the last three years.
ITVS surveyed independent producers to share their thoughts about changes in the digital marketplace. We took the opportunity to combine their responses with other ITVS research and observations on the landscape and its impact on producers.
ITVS can give you the funding and support you need to tell your story. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the process submitted proposals follow.
From our blog
October 24, 2016
The ITVS 25th anniversary celebrations continue as we build upon the new visual identity we unveiled earlier this summer with a top to bottom website refresh.
July 15, 2016
As ITVS celebrates our 25th anniversary this year, we are looking firmly to the future. We’re known and celebrated for bringing the best independently-produced, high-quality public broadcast documentary films and new media programs to local, national, and international audiences. We push frontiers by…
July 14, 2016
In the lead up to the Open Call deadline on August 5th, ITVS is hosting a series of webinars to provide support, insight, and tips for upcoming applicants. This post will be updated with taped webinars for reference, but we’d love to answer your questions in real time. Please RSVP at the links below! Writing…