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Open Call provides documentary funding and co-production support so you can complete your nonfiction work in progress, then air it on public television.
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Recent Open Call Projects
Diversity Development Fund
DDF gives producers of color up to $25,000 in research and development funding so you can develop your documentary for air on public television. Pre-production nonfiction projects only.
- Reopens August 3, 2020 9:00 AM PDT
Recent Diversity Development Fund Projects
Short-Form Open Call
Short-Form Open Call offers development and co-production funding to help you complete your short nonfiction film or series for distribution on public media's web-based platforms.
- Submissions Accepted Year-Round
Recent Short-Form Open Call 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 documentary films funded through limited special open calls held over the years.
Recent Series and Special Projects
ITVS in the Field
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From our blog
April 24, 2020
Two of the filmmakers behind ITVS-supported Survivors reflect back on making a film during the Ebola outbreak in Africa and lessons we can learn during the COVID crisis.
April 2, 2020
Hour-long webinar to learn the basics of applying for the various Small Business Administration relief programs.
March 2, 2020
What risks are worth taking? Last week, at the ITVS Independents Winter Summit, storytellers and thought leaders came together from all over the country, and beyond, to explore the inherent risks and pressures facing the documentary industry. It was a support group, a safe space, an information-gathering marathon and a networking event all at once.We…